Samsung announced on Wednesday its first ever 5G smartphone: the Galaxy S10 5G.It’s the first device able to run on uber-fast 5G wireless networks. The phone will be available in 2019’s second quarter for Verizon customers for an unknown price, and will come to other wireless carriers later this summer.
While the phone is a major step in the rollout of 5G, the network itself is still not widespread enough to revolutionize mobile connections.
“A 5G phone is strategically important for Samsung, particularly in markets where 5G is being rolled out first such as the US, South Korea and China,” Ben Wood, director of research at market data firm CCS Insights told CNN Business.
Samsung () is getting the jump on Apple, which is not expected to have a 5G iPhone until the final quarter of 2020, he added.
The race to bring customers 5G technology has seen several developments, including fixed wireless 5G, which works in homes similar to broadband internet, and 5G wireless hotspots that converts airwaves into Wi-Fi.
However, there’s yet to be a phone available to US customers that can operate independently on 5G. The transition from 4G to 5G networks won’t be widespread until 2020, and will involve infrastructure upgrades that cost billions of dollars.