Thinking about grabbing a shiny new Galaxy S20, but unsure if it supports the UK’s newly launched 5G network? Then you’re in luck as we’ve created a definitive guide to let you know which Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 Ultra phones support 5G.
The Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 Ultra all feature configurations with 5G support. The only version not to support 5G is the lowest specced 128GB version of the vanilla Galaxy S20.
Samsung reportedly cut 5G from the lowest spec S20 to keep down costs and offer buyers an “affordable option.” According to a Samsung representative at the Galaxy S20 launch event it costs roughly £100 to add 5G connectivity to a phone, which is a pretty hefty investment considering the new networking tech is only active in a select number of regions at the moment.
For those that missed it, 5G is a new networking technology that launched in select parts of the UK last year. The network offers users gigabit pers second data connections, but only works in a select number of areas at the moment. These are generally limited to specific areas of big cities, like Waterloo Station in London.
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5G contracts are also very expensive at the moment. Most analyst houses predict it’ll be at least a couple more years before 5G becomes a commonly used technology as a result, so it makes sense for Samsung to retain a 4G-only, slightly cheaper version of its flagship.
The Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 Ultra are the latest flagship family of phones from Samsung. They replace last year’s Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 5G, which all scored highly during our reviews.
We haven’t had enough time with the new phones to offer our definitive verdict on the new phones, but our opening impressions were positive during our Galaxy S20 review hands-on, where we had an opening play with the phones.