Smartphones with 5G support are starting to appear in budget models. Samsung has increased the number of budget models with 5G connectivity. However, some markets will see a slower deployment of 5G. Huawei, for instance, has been held back by U.S. sanctions, but other new Chinese players are going with the flow. As a result, Samsung and other Chinese manufacturers are ramping up production volume at home and launching their 5G portfolio in export markets.
Smartphones With 5G Support Starting to Appear in Budget Models
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has a huge screen that looks good. Its design combines polished metal and curved Gorilla Glass 6 to achieve an impressive screen-to-body ratio. The front is almost all screen, with a double punch-hole selfie camera positioned in the top right corner. The bezels surrounding the screen are narrow and feature power, volume, and Bixby buttons. There is also a SIM card slot and stereo speakers.
The Galaxy S10 5G is a fast phone that can handle most tasks. I was able to play games and experience augmented reality experiences without any problems. However, I found that the device tended to get extremely hot during heavy usage. Luckily, the battery life is pretty good, with the phone lasting up to 36 hours between charges. This is great, considering that I was testing the device at default FHD+ resolution and heavy usage.
The screen is also impressive, with a 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED panel that delivers razor-sharp images. It’s one of the largest displays in the S series, and it’s able to render digital 5G content in the way that its creators intended. The screen also features a depth sensor.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G also comes with a 3.5-mm headphone jack. Its camera is another standout feature. This phone comes with a 12-megapixel primary camera, a 16-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel ultrawide camera. It also has a 10MP selfie camera with f/1.9 aperture and autofocus.