Verizon, Samsung to launch 5G smartphone in first half of 2019

Verizon, Samsung promise 5G smartphone for next year

Apple 5G iPhones Reportedly on Hold Until 2020, as Verizon Sets Samsung 5G Smartphone 2019 Launch

The backdrop of this launch, as it is rumoured, is based on Huawei's wish to compete with Samsung's Galaxy A8s launch.

Samsung, which is set to launch world's first foldable smartphone early 2019, has partnered with Verizon on its 5G Home offering since the beginning of 2018.

The hole punch display is doubly interesting as Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10 is rumored to have a similar display.

While many expected the phone to be arriving next year, Samsung's upcoming device was spotted on the US Federal Communications Commission website, indicating an impending launch in the US.

Verizon, Samsung promise 5G smartphone for next year

Verizon Communications Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Monday confirmed long-held industry expectations they would seek to steal a march on Apple Inc by launching United States 5G smartphones in the first half of 2019.

Interestingly, Huawei has also announced that it will be launching a device, the Nova 4, that also features a punch-hole display on December 17 - a whole week after Samsung's launch. The report says that the Galaxy A8s will boast a 6.3-inch FullHD+ display with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels. The bottom bezel is also trimmed down and when compared to older iterations, the Galaxy A8s is a unique-looking phone. The listing reveals the phone to be running Android 8.0 Oreo. The photo shows the front panel of the handset and it seemingly confirms the inclusion of an Infinity O display that has a cutout for the front-facing camera. Instead of a notch, Huawei will use an in-screen camera technology with the lens placed in the top left corner. Unfortunately, there's no information yet on the exact screen size of its LCD display. The phone is said to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack as well.

The Galaxy A8s will be a mid-range smartphone, and if rumors are to be believed, it will be fueled by one of Qualcomm's mid-range chips, the Snapdragon 710. Huawei put 3 lenses on the back of the P20 Pro and Mate 20 series while Samsung has 4 on the Galaxy A9.

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