Samsung announced three Galaxy S10 devices during its Unpacked event, but there was also a fourth Galaxy S10 handset - the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.

We don't know how much this device will cost as yet, but it will be available to buy in Korea from 5 April, with other markets to follow. We managed to get up close and personal with the Galaxy S10 5G - previously rumoured to be the Galaxy S10 X. Here are our first impressions.

Design

  • 162.6 x 77.1 x 7.94mm, 198g
  • IP68 water and dust resistant
  • Prism Green, Prism Blue, Prism Black and Prism White

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G features a very similar design to the S10+ but on a larger scale - it's a big device though not quite a large as the likes of the Huawei Mate 20 X. Still manageable, but it is certainly for those who like a big phone.

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Offering a premium, solid build quality with a shiny glass rear that absolutely loves a fingerprint, the Galaxy S10 5G comes with dual edges on the front and back like the S10 and S10+. There is a horizontal camera system on the rear, though unlike the S10 and S10+ and their triple camera, it is made up of four lenses. 

The Samsung logo sits centrally in the middle of the back of the S10 5G, but there is also a 5G logo underneath the camera setup, differentiating this device further from the S10+.

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On the front, there is a large display - 0.3-inches larger than the S10+ - that has a dual punch hole camera in the top right and minimal bezels, just like the S10+. Overall, the design is lovely, offering a luxurious finish. It's also IP68 water and dust resistant, as you would expect. 

Samsung told us the design may still change for this device, so bear that in mind. We don't expect much to change if it does though as the device we saw looked great as it was.

Display

  • 6.7-inch, Dynamic AMOLED, Quad HD+
  • 19:9 aspect ratio
  • HDR 10+

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G comes with a 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, which pushes out some serious punch and vibrancy. It has a Quad HD+ resolution like the S10+ so it delivers a slightly lower pixel density but it's not noticeable to the human eye.

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The aspect ratio is the same as the S10+ too at 19:9 and the screen to window ratio is also the same at 93.1 per cent meaning the S10 5G has an impressive all-screen front like the other devices in the S10 range.

Samsung has included HDR 10+ on the Galaxy S10 5G too like the S10 and S10+ - meaning watching content on this 6.7-incher should be brilliant. We weren't able to test the screen properly during our brief amount of time with the S10 5G but we will be sure to do so when it arrives later in the year.

Cameras

  • Quad rear (3D depth camera, 16MP ultra wide + 12MP wide + 12MP telephoto)
  • Dual front (10MP + 3D depth sensor)
  • 3D sensor for AR

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has a quad camera on the rear, which is made up of the same triple camera found on the Galaxy S10+ with an additional 3D depth sensing camera for AR.

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That means you should get the same experience as the S10+ with a couple of additional features, though we weren't able to test this during our time with the S10 5G. We'd expect to see the Shot Suggestion feature on board the 5G device though, as well as the Scene Optimiser feature and Steady Shot for video. 

On the front, the S10 5G has a slightly different setup to the S10+. Rather than a dual front camera made up of a 10-megapixel sensor and an 8-megapixel sensor, the S10 5G has the same 10-megapixel sensor but coupled with a 3D depth sensor on the front too. 

Hardware

  • Octa-core 8nm processor 
  • 8GB RAM / 256GB storage
  • 5G enabled
  • 4500mAh battery

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will arrive with an octa-core 8nm processor. As with the other S10 devices, it has not been specified which platform this is, though we'd expect it to be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with the optional X50 5G modem on board.

The 5G capability is of course the main differentiating factor between the S10 5G and the S10+, apart from the size.

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Unlike the S10+, the S10 5G will only come in one model, which will have 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It will offer microSD support for storage expansion up to 512GB though. It will also offer a huge 4500mAh battery.

Like the other S10 devices, the S10 5G will support wireless charging and it will support reverse charging too so that 4500mAh cell can deliver power to two devices, whether that's a friend's iPhone or a wearable device. The devices just have to support Qi wireless charging to be able to take juice from the S10 5G.

In terms of other hardware, we presume the S10 5G has the same AKG-tuned speakers as the S10+ and we also know it will offer the 3.5mm headphone jack.

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The S10 5G will also come with an ultrasonic under-display fingerprint sensor like the S10 and S10+. This form of biometric security is claimed to work in both cold temperatures and the rain. It will scan every ridge of your fingerprint, which means it can't be spoofed by a 2D image - or so we are told. The S10 5G also offers facial recognition.

Software

  • Android 9
  • Samsung One

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will run on Android with Samsung's One user interface over the top. This skin is one of the more comprehensive reworkings of Android and it has been redesigned recently, coinciding with the S10 launch.

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Icons are rounder and more colourful now - the camera and gallery app are bright red for example. We will visit the software in more detail when we get the S10 5G in for review as the device we were able to take images of didn't have access to the software.

First Impressions

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G a lovely looking handset with a premium build quality and a luxurious finish. It's big, but if you like a large phone and you want a 5G capable device then the S10 5G is worth waiting for. 

We weren't able to test its performance during our time with it but it has some promising features including a 3D depth sensor on the front and rear, alongside a huge battery capacity.

There is no ceramic option like the S10+ though and there's no 1TB/12GB RAM option either, as rumours initially thought, but if you're after a 5G Samsung smartphone - this is it. You just have to wait a little longer to get your hands on it.

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