It looks like the 5G version of the Samsung Galaxy S10—which a lot of people are calling the Beyond X—is coming to all four US carriers.
“T-Mobile is working on that phone too, and other 5G devices with other OEMs and chipset manufacturers,” T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said in a blog post this morning.
Verizon showed off this phone at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit, where we got a hands on, and AT&T and Sprint also confirmed they would carry it.
Much of Ray’s extensive blog post is spent trash-talking AT&T and Verizon, and trying to drum up support for T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint. T-Mobile’s spin on Verizon and AT&T’s early 5G launches is that they’re too early, and T-Mobile’s later, multi-band approach is better and more comprehensive.
The Beyond X’s Qualcomm X50 modem will work on T-Mobile’s limited millimeter-wave 5G holdings, but also on Sprint’s 2.5GHz spectrum. If T-Mobile actually does complete its merger with Sprint, that phone will therefore have broader 5G coverage on the merged carrier than it would on AT&T or Verizon.
However, if the merger does not go through, the Beyond X’s 5G abilities would be extremely limited on T-Mobile, because it will not support T-Mobile’s low-band 600MHz 5G system, which Ray has touted many times as being critical for delivering nationwide coverage.
Support for 600MHz will come with an upcoming Qualcomm chipset that will likely be announced in February, several sources have told me. That chipset will be key to a second Samsung phone that AT&T has pre-announced for later in 2019, and which T-Mobile will probably also carry.
“We expect to have multiple 5G devices that will work across multiple spectrum bands in 2019,” Ray says. More
By Sascha Segan