Samsung has taken the crown for Australia’s first commercially
available 5G phone from 28 May at Telstra. It pips LG’s $1999 V50 ThinQ 5G that
will be available from 4 June.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is not just an S10/+ with a 5G
modem – it has had several significant performance increases – the most noticeable
is the new six camera setup that has tied with a 112 DxoMark with Huawei’s P30
Pro. In fact, it betters the Huawei on stills (117) and selfies (97). While DxoMark
is important, both brands have exceptional cameras.
Garry McGregor, Vice President of IT and Mobile, Samsung
Electronics Australia said,
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G features six cameras enhanced with intelligence so users can take incredible photos and video. The 16MP Ultra-Wide Camera captures a 123° field of vision so users can photograph a stunning range of content from expansive landscapes, to fun social settings. The camera also offers Live Focus video, which helps to focus and create bokeh effects to make the subject stand out. With a new 3D Depth Camera, users can also detect depth, distance, height and length of objects within the camera’s vision using Quick Measure.”
Telstra trade up option at no cost
If you ordered a Samsung Galaxy S10+ from Telstra, you have 21 days from May 28 to redeem the offer (Subject to the full terms and conditions of Telstra’s upgrade offer here).
5G – who needs it?
Telstra has very limited coverage (200 ‘sites’) in the slower sub-6Ghz band (that really offers little over its 4GX speeds with the Samsung S10/+). GadgetGuy has a comprehensive 5G guide here and recommends that unless you have a compelling use case and are sitting on top of a Telstra 5G small cell that there is no compelling reason to buy 5G yet.
Our advice is to wait until the higher speed mmWave (24.25–27.5GHz) band is widely available in Australia (post-2021) and new Qualcomm modems that take advantage of it.