It feels like everyone’s been talking about 5G forever, and now all of a sudden it’s about to become a reality. Though it won’t become a widespread reality until well into 2020, EE is set to be the first UK mobile operator to turn on its next-gen network on 30 May, with Vodafone following suit on 3 July.
Though the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G has now been confirmed as the first 5G phone to go on sale in the UK, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G is following very closely behind. Available to pre-order today, the S10 5G will ship on 7 June.
Various EE plans are available, with the recommended option costing £79 a month with £10 paid up front. This plan includes 30GB of data and unlimited data and texts.
Vodafone has not yet announced full pricing, but has confirmed that its 5G plans will cost the same as its 4G plans.
You can also pre-order direct from Samsung at a SIM-free price of £1,099.
5G is around 20 times faster and has lower latency than 4G, which spells great things for multimedia and gaming when enjoyed on a smartphone – for the first time you’ll be able to stream 4K video on a mobile data connection.
More than just a 5G variant of the standard or Plus models of Galaxy S10, the S10 5G is also larger, with a 6.7in screen and a higher-capacity 4,500mAh battery, packed with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage by default, and has an extra camera lens on the rear, taking the total count up to six (two front, four back).