The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G speed tests conducted at Verizon in Chicago have shown that the device and service can deliver high speeds – if you manage to get a 5G signal.
And the limited coverage is not the only challenge to get 5G connections on the device: you also have to be careful how you hold it …
Digital trends carried out the tests and the head figures were seriously impressive.
When I tested the Moto Z3 with the Moto Mod in April, when Verizon launched its 5G network, my average download speeds were around 450 Mbps, according to Ookla's Speedtest app. The highest download speed I hit was 624Mbps.
The Galaxy S10 5G puts those numbers to shame. The network is more developed, so the highest hit on the S10 5G with the same Speedtest app was 1.35 Gbps. That's right, Gigabit.
And that also translates into real benefits.
It took me just 93 seconds to download the entire season of Sneaky Pete (10 episodes) from Amazon Prime Video. It took 23 seconds to download PUBG: mobile from the Galaxy Store (around 1.86 GB); and it took about 30 seconds to download an episode The flash from Netflix […]
Imagine that these 5G nodes would be at the airport – you might be able to download a few seasons of a show in minutes before you board the plane. This is the most immediate and most striking improvement that we will see with 5G.
However, the first problem with millimeter wave 5G is that the range is incredibly limited – and the signals do not penetrate walls.
A Verizon 5G node in Chicago can only provide 5.5 speeds for about a block and a half. 4G LTE is not going anywhere; 5G is meant to supplement it, at least for the next few years. This also means that if you enter a restaurant on the same block as a 5G junction, you will no longer see the 5G service […]
Verizon says that if you are right next to the node, you will not get better results. Standing in front of it is also not ideal, because I could not connect to 5G at all. This is because the 5G junction is parallel to the street. As the network gets older, beamforming technology will help to direct 5G directly at your phone, so this shouldn't be a big problem.
It is not only walls that block the signals: also your hands.
If you cover all sides of the S10 5G with two hands, you cannot connect to 5G, only 4G LTE. This is due to the placement of the antennas in the phone. For the most part, holding the phone with one hand did not cause me any problems, but I did see higher speeds if I shifted my fingers to the center and did not block much of the top or bottom.
Eventually Julian Chokkattu of the site concluded that the Galaxy S10 5G speed advantage is currently too theoretical, given the small number of places where it is available and the fact that you can even lose coverage there in the space of a single city block.
The only people who should consider the S10 5G are early adopters with money to burn.
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