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Samsung releases world's first 5G phone, here's your first look

Samsung releases world's first 5G phone, here's your first look”

South Korea launched the world's first nationwide 5G mobile networks two days early, its top mobile carriers said Thursday, giving a handful of users access in a late-night scramble to be the first providers of the super-fast wireless technology.

This picture taken on April 3, 2019 shows the Galaxy S10 5G smartphones belonging to LG Uplus' first 5G subscribers, model Kim Min-young (L) and auto racer Seo Joo-won (R), during a launching ceremony in Seoul.

According to British newspaper, the South Korean telecommunications operator SK Telecom to launch an Internet of the fifth generation this Friday.

Samsung was the first to unwrap a 5G phone in February when it unveiled the Galaxy S10 5G and a almost US$2,000 folding smartphone, putting the world's top smartphone maker by volume in pole position in the 5G race, some analysts say.

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South Korean carriers have spent billions on campaigns marketing 5G and, on Wednesday, SK Telecom showed off K-pop stars and an Olympic gold medallist as its first 5G customers.

It has data transmission speeds 20 times faster than the current 4G long-term evolution (LTE) wireless technology.

The faster 5G standard is expected to bring out changes in diverse digital fields, such as driverless transport, industry and gaming among many others. SK Telecom said it will be offering Galaxy S10 5G smartphone in instalments over 4-years. 5G Galaxy S10 is currently available only in South Korea, at least for now.

Three local major mobile carriers launched the world's first full-fledged commercial 5G services at 11 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Participants wear VR devices for an audio-visual experience during a media showcase for 5G service of SK Telecom in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

Vodafone tested 5G hotspots in Birmingham this week, with commuters invited to try the speeds of the new service. "Chicago and Minneapolis are first in the world to 5G mobility". Verizon has two more market launches planned in the immediate future.

The company showcased virtual reality devices, a pair of augmented reality glasses called Magic Leap One and the hologram-combined artificial intelligence platform NUGU at the shop, all of which will be enabled by its 5G network.

Around 30 customers were invited to the event, which was also attended by figure skating queen and SKT 5G ambassador Kim Yuna.

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South Korea's three mobile carriers launched today, along with United States telecoms company Verizon.



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