It feels like everyone's been talking about 5G forever, and now all of a sudden it's about to become a reality. Though it won't become a widespread reality until well into 2020, Vodafone looks to be the first UK network ready to switch on the next-gen connectivity, with its 5G network going live in seven UK cities on 3 July 2019. EE also has 5G plans it expects to enter fruition this year, and other network operators will follow suit.
5G is around 20 times faster and has lower latency than 4G, which spells great things for multimedia and gaming when enjoyed on a smartphone - for the first time you'll be able to stream 4K video on a mobile data connection. But in order to use 5G you will need a new phone that has a suitable modem, and one of the first to launch in the UK is Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G.
More than just a 5G variant of the standard or Plus models of Galaxy S10, the S10 5G is also larger, with a 6.7in screen and a higher-capacity 4,500mAh battery, packed with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage by default, and has an extra camera lens on the rear, taking the total count up to six (two front, four back).
Pricing is not yet known, though Vodafone has already confirmed it will not charge any extra for its 5G plans over 4G.