Telstra And Samsung Have A New 5G Phone To Show You

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Samsung Australia has announced a release date for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G - and it's coming sooner than you may think. The flagship smartphone, which is the first to support 5G networks, will land in Australia on 28 May. That's less than a week away! Here are the details.

For those who missed the announcement back in February, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is a beefed up version of the S10, boasting a huge 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display, 3D image capturing, Super Fast Charging at 25W, myriad camera tweaks and a beefier 4500mAh battery. But the main jewel in its crown is 5G connectivity.

"Out-of-the-box, the Galaxy S10 5G will also unlock new experiences for customers thanks to high speed download speeds made possible through the 5G network," Samsung said in a statement.

When connected to 5G, the phone will be capable of downloading a full-length movie in "seconds". It will also make advanced AR, VR, 3D gaming and video conferencing possible.

Here's how the new phone compares to Samsung's other Galaxy S10 models:

Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 Galaxy S10+ Galaxy S10 5G
Operating system Android 9.0 (Pie) Android 9.0 (Pie) Android 9.0 (Pie) Android 9.0 (Pie)
Display 5.8-inch, Full HD+ Flat Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (522ppi) 6.1-inch QuadHD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (550ppi) 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (438ppi) 6.7-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (505ppi)
Camera Rear: Dual Camera with OIS - Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°) - Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°) - 0.5X optical zoom, up to 8X digital zoom Front: - Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°) Rear: Triple Camera with Dual OIS - Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°) - Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°) - Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°) - 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom Front: - Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°) Rear: Triple Camera with Dual OIS - Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°) - Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°) - Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°) - 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom Front: Dual Camera - Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°) - RGB Depth: 8MP FF, F2.2 (90°) Rear: Quadruple Camera with Dual OIS - Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°) - Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°) - Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°) - 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom - 3D Depth: hQVGA Front: - Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°) - 3D Depth: hQVGA
Body 69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9mm, 150g 70.4 x 149.9 x 7.8mm, 157g 74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8mm, 175g (Ceramic: 198g) 77.1 x 162.6 x 7.94mm, 198g
CPU 8nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 2.3 GHz + 1.9 GHz) 8nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 2.3 GHz + 1.9 GHz) 8nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 2.3 GHz + 1.9 GHz) 8nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 2.3 GHz + 1.9 GHz)
Memory 6GB/8GB RAM (LPDDR4X), 128GB/256GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB) 8GB RAM (LPDDR4X), 128GB/512GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB) 8GB/12GB RAM (LPDDR4X), 128GB/512GB/1TB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB) 8GB + 256GB (No MicroSD)
Battery 3,100mAh 3,400mAh 4,100mAh 4,500mAh
Network Enhanced 4x4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20 - 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps Upload Enhanced 4x4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20 - 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps Upload Enhanced 4x4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20 - 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps Upload Enhanced 4x4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20 - 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps Upload + None Standalone (NSA), Sub6 / mmWave (28G, 39G)
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM - 1.2Gbps Download / 1.2Gbps Upload Bluetooth v 5.0, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou) Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM - 1.2Gbps Download / 1.2Gbps Upload Bluetooth v 5.0, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou) Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM - 1.2Gbps Download / 1.2Gbps Upload Bluetooth v 5.0, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou) Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM - 1.2Gbps Download / 1.2Gbps Upload Bluetooth v 5.0, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Capacitive Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor Accelerometer, Barometer, Capacitive Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor Accelerometer, Barometer, Capacitive Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor Accelerometer, Barometer, Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor

Telstra will be the first telco in Australia to offer the Galaxy S10 5G. As previously reported, existing customers who purchased the Galaxy S10+ during the launch window will be able to upgrade to the Galaxy S10 5G at no additional cost. (Caveat: you need to redeem the offer by June 19.)

“This will be a game-changing moment for our customers," said Telstra spokesperson Kevin Teoh. "Telstra has been building Australia’s first 5G technology for some time, and now our customers are ready to be the first in Australia to experience this technology in the areas where 5G is now available."

Telstra hasn't released its pricing yet, but you can expect to pay a hefty premium on top of its existing Galaxy S10 plans. To give you an idea, here are the current prices for the S10+ 512GB version:

If you want to buy the phone outright, your only options at launch will be Telstra or the Samsung Store. (Other retailers may follow at a later date.) We don't know how much the phone will cost yet but we wouldn't be surprised if the RRP is north of $2500.

It's worth noting that Telstra's 5G network is not widely available yet. Nevertheless, Samsung reckons the phone will be its fastest ever on existing 4G networks. To get 5G speeds, you'll naturally need to sign up to Telstra's new network when it eventually launches. In the meantime, this is all about future-proofing yourself (and bragging rights).

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