Flashback: a look back at the first 5G smartphone

26 September 2021
The story of the first 5G smartphone to hit stores and a brief look at the phones came close to stealing that title.

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YUKI93, 29 Sep 2021I live in Malaysia btw. Not one SEA country at the moment a... moreI see. Well, in most regions (except maybe Korea, Japan or USA) internet speeds are extremely limited by poor data plans that people have simply because there are no fast data plans anywhere. So even though we have a 5G network (in theory) and I have unlimited data, the actual data speed is extremely limited, therefore you never experience even those LTE speeds. So no worries, you're actually not late to the party.

Solun1, 28 Sep 2021Where do you live? I think most countries are building thei... moreI live in Malaysia btw. Not one SEA country at the moment are racing for 5G. Even my country's government announced that they want to solidify nationwide 4G LTE network adoption, especially in rural areas, before moving to 5G.

YUKI93, 28 Sep 2021I prefer not to have the 5G modem at all in the first place... moreWhere do you live? I think most countries are building their 5G reception nowadays.

Anonymous, 28 Sep 2021go back to highschool if you think radio EM waves are going... moreThey don't kill them instantly. But over time they have a repulsive effect I believe. I've always noted that over whichever lake high tension electricity lines pass through, there's never much life in it, no fishes, not much of other spieces either. Same observation has been made by other people on the internet.
Similarly, I don't see birds around my area as 11 years ago, a neighbour decided to make a quick buck by getting installed a mobile tower in our area. I only see two birds- Peacock & Piegon. That's it. Sparrows & White gulfs are extinct, literally.

These are subtle signs that things are not quite ok. Now, I'm not a science guy so I can't prove anything. But why do these signs even happen?

  • Anonymous

Samath N8 808 owner, 28 Sep 2021I am on 4G, fully satisfied. One part of me rejects 5G b... morego back to highschool if you think radio EM waves are going to kill animals

  • yaku

still using samsung galaxy note 9 4g.

JoXim, 26 Sep 2021You know that you can choose preferred network type in your... moreI prefer not to have the 5G modem at all in the first place when there is not even a single working tower in my country.

I am on 4G, fully satisfied.

One part of me rejects 5G because I'm afraid of environmental consequences. Birds are dying, bees are reducing. Our own life is about sleeplessness and tiredness all in one.
For whatever reason, I believe governments and capitalistic people lie to us about environment.
I just wish we can freeze time.
I don't want a movie in 1 second, in exchange of a worse treatment to nature.

I can wait for that movie to download, or we can have landline fiber connections in each building, both home & office, that should be satisfactory for all.

Samsung is currently the leader in mobile innovation.

  • Anonymous

TheosisMark, 27 Sep 2021I still have NOT upgraded to 5G. My OnePlus 6T has an X20 m... moreSame, I'm still using 4G phones in years and I haven't got one single device with 5G

I still have NOT upgraded to 5G. My OnePlus 6T has an X20 modem, which is more than sufficient. I figure I'll upgrade to an X65 modem next, with it's theoretical 10 Gbps.

  • Anonymous

And last flagship without any compromise.
With memory card slot, 3.5 jack, heart rate sensor, excellent design, all accessories in box.

Gou, 27 Sep 2021This phone and v50 still better then todays crapships. V50 ... moreFunny when I see comments touting a phone for having dual selfie cams, and knocking on phones that don't have it.

Having dual punch hole or big notch (to accommodate two cams) would effectively and automatically strike a phone off my wishlist.

I rarely use one selfie cam as it is; I definitely don't know why I'd need another to join it.

  • Anonymous

Happy to own S10+ but battery life is very weak!

  • Gou

This phone and v50 still better then todays crapships. V50 had dusl selfie cam other flagships still dont. S10 5g had pulse meter, jack, sd slut and big battery.

  • Mad Maldito

I had this phone for a long time. I works perfectly fine and the battery life is still superb despite of this model being relatively old for smartphone standards. The only thing I hate is not being able to access 5g since it is not available in my area. Would recommend anyone who's planning to buy this phone.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 26 Sep 2021We got 5g in UK so we fine hereWe got 5G in the Philippines, though in some sides like Manila

  • Anonymous

To my opinion this is one of the best smartphones that Samsung ever made. It still very usable these days and apart of lack of system updates, it doesn't feel missing something.

  • becky

Lol, how they combined 4G plus 5G signals to achieve some better speed result in the early 5G phones really looks desperate and immaturely planned. Money and haste come to my mind.

  • Anonymous

chooyaochuen, 26 Sep 2021The world is still waiting for 5G.......We got 5g in UK so we fine here