Samsung secretly working on first CHEAP 5G phone – less than half the price of an iPhone
SAMSUNG is reportedly working on a 5G smartphone with a price tag that won’t rinse your bank account.
Set for release in 2021, the rumoured device could cost half as much as the latest iPhone.
The phone will be called the Galaxy A42 and follow in the footsteps of the Galaxy A41 released just a few months ago, SamMobile reports.
“Samsung has started development on what seems to be a 5G-enabled smartphone as part of its 2021 Galaxy A series,” the site says.
“The device in question sports model number SM-A426B, and based on Samsung’s current system for putting model numbers on phones, the SM-A426B should be the international variant of the Galaxy A42 5G.”
Samsung is one of a handful of phone-makers to have released 5G-capable devices over the past two years.
the firm released the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G earlier this year[/caption]
The next-gen mobile network technology is super-fast, letting users download an HD movie in seconds.
However, you need a 5G-capable phone to connect to a mast, and those are typically rather pricey.
Samsung’s Galaxy S20 5G, for instance, started at £799, the same price as OnePlus’ recently released OnePlus 8 Pro 5G.
Apple has yet to unveil a 5G-connected iPhone, though rumours strongly suggest the firm is gearing up to release one later this year.
What is 5G?
Here’s what you need to know…
- The term 5G stands for 5th-generation, and is simply the next “version” of mobile phone networks.
- The world’s network operators have settled on a new method of delivering mobile internet to your phone, making it possible to offer far higher download speeds.
- Early figures suggest you’ll be able to download 4K movies in a matter of seconds, and buffering video will be a thing of the past.
- But 5G also promises low “latency” – the physical delay in transmitting data – which is a major boon for gamers, who desperately need their online actions to be sent and received as quickly as possible.
- EE is first across the line in the UK, with 5G live in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham or Manchester.
- The good news is that EE plans to roll out 5G in a further 10 cities by the end of 2019: Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol.
- Vodafone has also switched on 5G in seven cities: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, and London.
Citing anonymous sources, the Sam Mobile report says the Galaxy A42 will come with 128GB of storage.
As well as a 5G variant, it’s likely Samsung will launch a 4G version of the handset.
It’s not yet clear how much the mobile will cost, however.
The A41 shipped for just £269, while the 5G-connected A51 launched at £429, so we’d expect a price tag within that range.
Samsung has not yet revealed any plans for a Galaxy A42 smartphone, so take the rumour with a pinch of salt for now.
We’ll likely know more towards the end of the year, when Samsung is expected to unveil the device.
Brits wishing to use 5G can only do so if they live in specific areas, such as London, Manchester, Cardiff and Belfast.
Monthly plans with any of the UK’s top networks will set you back at least £50 a month.
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