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Samsung’s 5G Prototype Has The Ugliest Notch On A Smartphone So Far

11 February 2019

5G is the evolution of 4G LTE, and promises faster and more reliable speeds.

This Samsung S10 concept brings together numerous leaks and rumors floating around out there to give us a glimpse of what we might expect from the brand's next Galaxy smartphone lineup.

Samsung still hasn't officially launched a flagship smartphone with a notch, but it sure looks like it's seriously considering the idea.

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Chipmaker Qualcomm announced its new mobile processor, the Snapdragon 855, which will enable mobile devices to connect to the latest mobile networking standard, 5G.

"5G is going to be about more than just a network", said David Christopher, President of AT&T Mobility and Entertainment.

There are two variants of the Snapdragon 855 processor: One with 5G support, and one without. The company states that the new mobile platform features their fourth-generation, multi-core AI Engine with up to 3 times the AI performance compared to the Snapdragon 845. As we have reported in the past, Samsung plans to launch multiple variants of Galaxy S10 so there's a chance that Samsung will tweak the overall design of the device as well. This would appear to be an expansion of in-display fingerprint technology that's expected to show up in next year's Galaxy S10 models, which would be its first phone with such a sensor.

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Verizon Wireless isn't the only one jumping on the Samsung 5G bandwagon.

So far, AT&T's 5G rollout will only include 12 cities in the U.S. by the end of 2018: Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Waco, Jacksonville, Louisville, New Orleans, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Indianapolis, and Oklahoma City.

In October, Samsung Electronics built 5G home broadband systems with Verizon in Sacramento, California, and Houston, Texas. "Together, Samsung and Verizon have made huge gains in bringing 5G commercial services to consumers in several cities". The technology will be more broadly available as the carriers roll out their upgraded networks over the next few years. 5G will, indeed, be the killer feature for smartphones of 2019, and it'll be a big differentiator. That said, it's certainly interesting that Samsung has been thinking about adding this feature not only to smartphones, but also other devices.

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Either way, early 2019 will give us a better idea of what to expect with 5G.

Samsung’s 5G Prototype Has The Ugliest Notch On A Smartphone So Far