Verizon, Samsung to release 5G smartphones in U.S. in 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Leaks In Highest-Resolution Renders Yet

It was reported yesterday that the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus would arrive with dual front-facing cameras and a pill-shaped hole in its display. 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. Samsung shared the video with caption "Enjoy stunning cinematic experience on the Galaxy Note9's SuperAMOLED, infinity display". The earpiece itself sits in a separate cutout at the very top of the device, the newly emerged images reveal. This time, Samsung tweeted a promotion for the Galaxy Note 9 from "Twitter for iPhone".

The new leak also shows a dedicated Bixby button sitting on the left edge of the device, immediately below a volume rocker. What's missing from the back is a conventional fingerprint reader which Samsung is now said to have moved beneath the display of its next Android flagship. This phone has a larger gap to make room for two front-facing cameras, but it's also possible that's a single camera and some other sensor like a 3D face scanner or iris reader.

LetsGoDigital recently outed patent applications that suggested Samsung is working on a number of different design ideas for the Galaxy S10.

On Monday, Verizon and Samsung announced plans to launch one of the first commercial 5G smartphones in the first half of 2019, which will use chips from Qualcomm.

Verizon has worked closely with Samsung on its 5G rollout, making use of the Korean manufacturer's networking equipment in its deployment and device testing.

Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon Mobile Platform, including its new mobile processor, will power the smartphone. The Galaxy S10 family is expected to be unveiled at the next iteration of Mobile World Congress which is kicking off in Barcelona, Spain, in late February.

The big question is whether the 5G upgrade will matter in the smartphone market.



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