AT&T is assuring customers it’ll get access to this 5G version of the S10 later this spring, as well as another 5G smartphone from Samsung later this season which we can only assume now describes the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or some newer version of this S10 that affirms both the mmWave and sub-6 spectrum, as a result of Qualcomm’s new X55 chipset.
(Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is assumed to emerge in a 5G version as well, but there’s no carrier statement for that yet.) AT&T hasn’t been ceased by that from using this largely meaningless and arbitrary milestone for a marketing opportunity. “There are currently 19 cities across the nation where AT&T is the only carrier to provide mobile 5G service to companies and customers , well ahead of their competition,” the company’s press release finds .
So both firms’ 5G strategies are a bit of a marketing disaster right now, and certainly leading to some serious confusion. 5G will arrive together with smartphones carrying proper 5G modems provide those high speeds that are promised and to support both the standard. But until today, Verizon and AT&T are racing one another to a race’s end the two companies care about. In the meantime, we as customers are stuck using silly ploys like the imposed AT&T 5G E logo that, if you recall, isn’t actually real 5G, but yet another trick geared toward creating AT&T look like it’s arrived at the future quicker than its company rival.
The nation of 5G continues to be a wreck , as large US telecoms race to one-up one another from being the first to set up hobbled versions of their next-gen media technology throughout the nation. AT&T now boasts 19 cities using 5G support as of now , but there’s once again a large caveat: there are not any smartphones which can use it yet. What’s more, the only accessible apparatus, a mobile hotspot it provides of AT&T, can not nevertheless be purchased in shops.
In muddying the 5G waters, aT&T is far from alone. Verizon may have the first 5G handset but the 5G deployment of the company is much less powerful than AT&T’s.
You can also only access it using the midrange Motorola Moto Z3. Verizon is relying only and that means you want to be nearby one of its 5G nodes in Chicago to get it. Walk around the corner, or set a surface not made of glass between you and the node, and you drop back down to LTE.
However, until then, the only device that can access its network is your Netgear Nighthawk 5G hotspot. The device is currently only available to business partners and a few customers in its early 5G markets, but not in shops. Also, but even if you as a normal customer did need purchase it without going and be selected, it might cost $500. The hotspot includes the Qualcomm X50 processor, so it only supports the short-range, mmWave 5G on AT&T’s network. Presumably, AT&T intends to launch an hotspot with the X55 this year, said both to support both with broader coverage. (The X50 hardware supports the two mmWave and sub-6 at the moment, but maybe not on AT&T’s network architecture since it is designed today.)