After months of waiting, Samsung has today announced that the 5G variant of its flagship Galaxy S10 will be arriving locally on May 28. This will make it the first 5G mobile phone to be available in Australia.
Back in January, Telstra announced that it had made exclusive 5G deals with some of the world's biggest phone manufacturers. The telco wouldn't say who with, but the assumption was that Samsung would be first off the mark. In a move that has shocked approximately no one, it has now been confirmed that Telstra will be the first to sell the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.
You probably won't be able to use 5G yet, unless you're in one of the handful of test suburbs - but hey you'll be prepared for when it does drop and have 4GX network capability in the meantime.
In terms of specs, the new 5G model will have a 6.7-inch curved AMOLED screen with an Infinity-O display, 8GB RAM and 256GB or 512GB storage options. It also has a quadruple rear camera setup (12MP telephoto, 12MP wide-angle, 16MP ultra-wide and 3D depth) and a dual front facing cameras (10MP selfie cam and a 3D depth cam).
It sports a 4,500mAH battery with super fast wired charging and Fast Wireless Charging 2.0. As for colours, the 256GB variant will come in Crown Silver and Majestic Black, with the 512GB coming only in the latter .
Customers who bought themselves a shiny new s10+ during the eligibility period will be able to upgrade to the S10 5G for free. However, they need to do so before June 18 2019.
When it comes to telcos, Australia will be the first to stock the S10 5G, though we expect it to appear across other networks at a later date.
Telstra confirmed with Gizmodo Australia that any customers who do upgrade from the S10+ to the 5G version won't suffer a contract reset. Instead, the contract (on both buying and leasing plans) will continue from when the Galaxy S10+ contract started.
Telstra also confirmed that customers won't be able to swap from a buying plan to a leasing plan, or vice versa, as part of the upgrade offer.
Despite the local release date being less than a week away, we still don't have Aussie pricing for either the 256GB or the 512GB variants. But they will be available from May 28 through the Samsung Experience Store or Telstra if you're after a plan.
It's understood that the mobile plan pricing also won't be revealed until closer to the release date.
In the U.S. the 256GB version is $US1,299, with the 512GB handset coming in at $US1,399. So be prepared for a pricey boi.
We'll let you know how much they're going to be in Aussie dollars the second we hear something.