The World's First 5G Phone Just Launched In South Korea
By Asiaville Desk • 05/04/2019 at 9:33AM
Samsung has launched the Galaxy S10 5G in South Korea, making it the first tech company to do so.
After becoming the first country in the world to roll out 5G services, South Korea has also received the world's first 5G device, the Samsung Galaxy S10. The phone is essentially the world's first available smartphone with built-in fifth-generation communication technology.
On April 3rd, South Korea became the world's first country to launch 5G services. Even though it was a tight race between the US and South Korea, as the US launched its own 5G services two hours later than South Korea. The US called this event a 'stunt'.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 base edition costs around 1.39 million won ($1,200). Interactive virtual-reality displays and robot demonstrations were on show to show off the capabilities of the latest iteration of mobile internet speed, and new users were excited about the possibilities, especially when it came to the live streaming of sports games and university lectures.
LG is scheduled to launch its V50 ThinQ, another 5G phone, in South Korea later this month, while in the US, Verizon's network works with the Lenovo's Moto Z3 when fitted with a special accessory.
Commercialising 5G gives South Korea the chance to build around the technology, which is crucial for the future development of devices such as autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things. It is expected to bring about $565 billion in global economic benefits by 2034, according to the London-based Global System for Mobile Communications, an industry alliance.
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