While this may not be surprising news, the up and coming Samsung Galaxy S10 5G phones that are launching in Korea on the 5th of April that use the Exynos 9820 will be paired with Samsungs own Exynos Modem 5100.

When 5G is talked about it is normally the Qualcomm X50 or Huawei Balong 5000 that gets mentioned. In particular, Qualcomm has been heavily promoting its X50 and 5G, so it is interesting that Samsung has beaten them to be the first company to launch a 5G equipped phone.

The Exynos Modem 5100 is fully compliant with 5G NR (New Radio) standard to support new spectrums including sub-6GHz and mmWave for faster data speed of up to 6Gbps. Furthermore, the Exynos Modem 5100 is the industry’s first multi-mode modem that supports 5G NR with the legacy modes from 2G to 4G LTE. The modem is built on 10LPP process for low power, and is delivered as a single chipset that consists of modem, RF IC, ET (Envelop Tracking) and power management IC for faster time-to-market.

It is worth noting, as usual, that the Galaxy S10 5G will have a different spec in different regions. So the US device that launches in a few weeks will have the Snapdragon 855 SoC and this therefore will be paired with the X50 modem.

So in a few weeks time, we should be able to see how the two different modems perform with their corresponding chipsets, where the rest of the device is identical.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is very similar to the Galaxy S10 Plus but it has a slightly bigger AMOLED display, a quad-camera setup on the back, and a bigger 4500mAh battery.

At the moment the price is unknown but per industry analysts, it could cost $1,332 in South Korea. There would reportedly be no pre-order period for the phone and it will directly go on sale when it’s officially launched.

UK availability is still unknown and there is no official launch date of our 5G, it is just sometime this summer. The S10 5G will almost certainly launch the day 5G is switch on here.

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