Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Plus lineup could include 5G, leaked code suggests

Code hidden in an upcoming Galaxy S9 Plus update suggests that Samsung might be planning to release a 5G variant of the Galaxy 10 next year, reports XDA-Developers, echoing previous rumors that Samsung would include the next-generation connectivity in one variant of its flagship handset.

There are four main versions of the upcoming phone that seem to be in production. The code refers to them as “beyond 0” (expected to be an entry-level model), “beyond 1” (the standard S10), “beyond 2” (likely the S10 Plus), and “beyond 2 5G” where “beyond” is the rumored codename for the S10 lineup. Similar sleuthing at the beginning of 2018 successfully revealed some of the manufacturer’s Galaxy lineup for this year.

The codenames also include “q” variants running Qualcomm Snapdragon chips as opposed to Samsung’s own Exynos chipset, XDA says. There appears to be both a Qualcomm and an Exynos version of the 5G S10 coming, although it’s likely to be the Qualcomm model that makes its way to the US.

Samsung’s release schedule appears to mirror the state 5G will be in by mid-2019 when the S10 is expected to be released. Although each of the major operators is aiming to have launched 5G services in some form by the end of 2019, they’re unlikely to offer exhaustive coverage, and the actual utility of a 5G handset is likely to be low.

As a consequence, Samsung is rumored to be planning to produce 5G versions of the S10 in more limited quantities, according to The Bell.

Samsung has already said that it doesn’t expect the S10 to be its first 5G handset, and this latest news suggests that’s because another handset might beat it to the punch rather than because the technology won’t be ready in time for its next flagship.

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"the actual utility of a 5G handset is likely to be low"

asides from being a valid competitor to broadband, especially in areas where broadband doesn’t go north of 100Mbps, sure.

I’ve always felt Samsung released their handsets earlier in the year which my initial thought was to give pause to their first iteration of 5G handsets mostly because I’d think waiting until mid/late-2019 is the best path to go to avoid a potential new WiMax where you ended up betting on the wrong radio.

Soon we’ll see some real innovation.

Even though 5g isn’t likely to provide much user advantage in 2019, it could help future-proof these phones a little bit so that they don’t feel hopelessly outdated for people who can’t afford a new phone every year or two, and could easily be using these in 2022 or 2023 if the batteries hold out or they get replacement batteries.

I mean, the truth is, a lot of times if you’ve got a flagship from two years ago and the battery drain hasn’t really made the phone unusable, the specs and the build-quality are still better than a brand new low to mid-range replacement. It used to be that technology moved more quickly than that, but I’m not seeing it to the same degree these days. So, people who have an old flagship but can’t afford a new flagship will often look at what they can afford today and realize what they have is still better (or at least equal to, and already paid for).

Everything I have read indicates 5g has extremely poor penetration into buildings and range from the tower. Useful in downtown walking around, maybe…otherwise basically irrelevant. Robust lte networks can deliver 100mbit or more. Seems fine to me.

I agree LTE is usually good enough, but here’s hoping more buildings have auto-connecting Wi-Fi. Certainly my town centre (admittedly not that big) has Wi-Fi throughout the whole place now.

its not like we’re maxing out 4.5G yet..

we already have bandwidth and network congestion issues..

do we even have a back bone to support these kind of speeds?

its like have 802.11n on your laptop and a 20mbs DSL connection..

we need better speeds upstream not end point…

(not to mention the net neutrality woes in the states)

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