Sprint has unveiled its want to deploy one of the first 5G in networks in the first 50 % of 2019, rolling the fast plan to metro downtown areas in nine cities. So what phones will it be able to use?
First, let’s clarify where Sprint’s 5G network will show up first. Starting in May, the service go are in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Kansas City, and may then spread to Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. within the first 1 / 2 of 2019, per a Sprint press release.
This 5G network won’t be around across these entire cities to start with, mind only particular parts of their downtown metropolitan areas. New York City’s coverage will start at 30 square miles between Midtown minimizing Manhattan, by way of example. Meanwhile it begins in 230 square miles of the Dallas-Fort Worth region and 110 square miles in Kansas City, based on the Kansas City Star.
In total, your initial 5G coverage area will span a lot more than 1,000 square miles across all nine cities.
Sprint will really still expand their 5G network because year rolls on, and is also using Massive MIMO radios to reinforce coverage and simultaneously meet consumers 5G and LTE needs. Once they’re up, though, expect a ridiculous upgrade in speed: in a demo video, Sprint showed someone getting 421 Mbps download speeds within their Chicago coverage area.
But you won’t get those speeds if you do not use certain phones not simply ones that play nice with Sprint’s network, but in addition pack the tech (specifically, processors and modems) designed with 5G planned. Without further ado, listed here are the phones you’ll be able to use on Sprint’s 5G network.
LG V50 ThinQ 5G
The first phone you’ll be capable of use on Sprint’s next-gen network could be the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, that’s arriving at the service sometime this spring. LG introduced the product at MWC 2019 as one of the primary 5G phones which will hit the market, and it will be your initial device consumers can use on Sprint’s fastest network yet.
The V50 looks very similar to the V40, though it packs much more of a punch with thanks to the brand-new Snapdragon 855 processor (essential for starting up to 5G networks). It has the identical 6.4-inch OLED screen since its predecessor, yet comes with a larger 4,000mAh battery, ostensibly to observe more media as well as for longer with those hyper-fast connection speeds.
We still don’t know how much the V50 5G will set you back, but given its predecessor cost $900 (around £690 / AU$1260) at launch, we expect the newest version to get along with or perhaps a bit greater than that.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
One in the biggest, baddest flagship phones is going to be coming to Sprint’s 5G network sometime this summer. No, literally: the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G’s 6.7-inch AMOLED display is one in the largest we’ve observed in a flagship phone, at least prior to the foldables start rolling out.
Everything else about the handset is also big, from its Snapdragon 855 chipset to its 256GB storage and 8GB of RAM. Like the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, the 5G variant has three rear lenses (12MP wide, 16MP ultra-wide and 12MP telephoto) as well as a duration of flight (TOF) sensor to measure depth. It’s even got one of these simple TOF sensors about the front to reinforce your selfie game.
We also don’t recognize how much the Galaxy S10 5G will cost. Given that it’s another camera and twice the storage capacity with the baseline S10 Plus, which retails for $999 / £899 (about AU$1,398), we expect the S10 5G to be priced above its less powerful kin.
HTC 5G Hub
Okay, this definitely isn’t a mobile phone but until Sprint announces more compatible handsets, the standalone HTC 5G hub most likely are not a poor substitute, especially if you currently have a powerful device.
The mobile smart hub (the first available, Sprint claims rolling around in its website article) lets up to 20 users hook up to it for smooth 5G speed. It even carries a 5-inch HD touchscreen for easy setup.
It’s unclear simply how much the hub will set you back or when you’ll manage to purchase one presumably when Sprint’s 5G network starts coming online in late spring/early summer.