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Galaxy S10 won’t be first Samsung 5G phone, foldables will be a family

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With global smartphone sales stagnating ahead of the launch of next-generation 5G cellular networks, Samsung is previewing its 2019 phone plans, and there are a couple of surprises in store.

The company now says that its first 5G phone won’t be the Galaxy S10 and confirms that it’s planning multiple foldable phones, not just one model.

Fresh off his appearance at last week’s Galaxy Unpacked event in New York, Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh told an audience of Korean journalists (via ZDNet) that the company is working with South Korean carriers to be the first to launch a 5G phone — but notably not the Galaxy S10.

He said that Samsung is working on a separate 5G phone but left ambiguous what type of phone it would be.

As South Korea is expected to launch 5G in March, this device could be a one-off product deliberately kept outside the Galaxy S and Note families.

Chip makers have suggested that early 5G devices will be larger and less power-efficient than 4G phones, since device manufacturers will have to work around initial modem, antenna, and form factor design challenges.

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