AT & T is launching its first true 5G phone on June 17, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. However, don't be too excited; you can only download one if you participate in the AT & T developer program or if you are an AT & T Business customer.
The 5G-ready phone, which debuted last month for Verizon subscribers living in cities and supporting its 5G service, costs business users $ 999. It is also made available free of charge to developers at the AT&T Shape conference in Los Angeles on June 22. Today's announcement does not mention when consumers will be able to get hold of the Samsung phone, or how much it will cost when, or if so, it does. It is possible that the Galaxy Note 10 could be the first 5G-ready device to be publicly available to all AT&T customers, as it is said to support the spectrum of both mmWave and sub-6.
At an unusual time when expectations are correctly formulated, AT & T states in the release that business users and developers can only experience 5G in "very limited parts" of the first series of cities of AT & T. As we saw during our hands on with the S10 5G in Chicago, the mmWave spectrum on the Verizon network is fairly limited, although it is also very capable under the right conditions. AT & T apparently only needs a few beta testers to ensure that it is on the right track.
The edge& # 39; s Chris Welch tested it and saw gigabit download speeds, which is a blessing for quickly downloading a number of videos & # 39; s. However good these results are, they depend entirely on the view of a 5G node.
Downloaded Iron Man 2 from Prime Video for "best" quality in 90 seconds. You can see here that the Verizon network occasionally falls back to 4G LTE. I am across the street from the 5G junction. pic.twitter.com/TAh2YgmzwD
– Chris Welch (@chriswelch) May 16, 2019
Until the S10 5G is made more widely available, the only "5G" devices that AT&T customers have access to are those who support the misleading "5Ge" courier service, which is actually only LTE Advanced. Devices that can work on AT & T 5Ge are recent iPhones and a handful of Android handsets.