A day after Verizon announced plans to start selling a 5G Samsung phone in the first half of 2019, and Sprint said it would do the same, AT&T confirmed it too has a 5G Samung phone in the works.
At this point, details about the new Samsung 5G handset are scant. Could it be a 5G-enabled Galaxy S10 we’ve been hearing rumors about? We’ll just have to wait and see. AT&T promised to share more information “in the coming months,” so sit tight.
For now, AT&T says the device will give customers access to the 5G mobile network it plans to introduce in a dozen markets before the end of 2018. Those markets include Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, San Antonio, and Waco. Initially, AT&T’s millimeter-wave system will only cover parts of those cities, probably the densest parts of town.
In the first half of 2019, AT&T plans to expand service to parts of seven additional cities including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose.
“5G is going to be about more than just a network,” AT&T Mobility and Entertainment President David Christopher said in a statement. “Customers will eventually be able to connect in near real-time to unforeseen possibilities. Together with Samsung, we plan to bring the best in technology and innovation to our customers.”
This is the second mobile 5G device AT&T has announced. In October, the carrier showed off the Netgear Nighthawk M5 Fusion hotspot, which will be the first consumer mobile 5G device in the world when it launches before the end of the year.
Also today, AT&T said it’s working with Samsung to create the country’s first “manufacturing-focused 5G Innovation Zone” where it plans to study how 5G could be put to work in smart factories.
“We expect that future smart factories will be filled with 5G-connected sensors that can channel real-time information about equipment performance, ranging from vibration to noise data,” the company wrote.