Samsung has just announced their new line up of Galaxy S20 smartphones. The Galaxy S20 Ultra will only be available in 5G, the S20 and S20+ gives you the option for 5G or LTE. But will businesses and consumers bite?
Samsung needed the S10 buck the trend of declining sales which started with the S8 series and it did! Like the S10 the S20 offers camera upgrades, futureproof specs and savvy pricing, but the real hook is the 5G upgrade cycle. Samsung will continue it’s B2B push with 5G as a selling point. They have Knox for security and DeX for productivity and desktop usage, but 5G impacts tasks like video conferencing, collaboration and sharing documents. The specs of the Galaxy S20 line point to more enterprise-grade apps and usage.
Is Germany Ready for 5G Phones?
German telcos only secured 5G secured 5G spectrum licenses in June 2019. Deutsche Telekom is the most active with 450 base stations launched in 2019. They expect 1500 by the end of 2020, focused on the 16 major cities. Currently they offer: Berlin, Bonn, Darmstadt, Munich, Cologne, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Leipzig.
Vodafone offers Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Dortmund, Munich, Berlin, Bremen, Dresden, Darmstadt, Leipzig, and Frankfurt. Vodafone said that it expected its 5G network to cover 25 cities, 25 municipalities and 10 industrial parks across Germany. The telco’s 5G network infrastructure is also expected to reach 10 million users by the end of 2020, and 20 million by the end of 2021.
Telefonica Deutschland, which operates under the O2 brand, will start deploying the 5G infrastructure in early 2020. They’re aimed for Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt by the end of 2021.
Should you buy a 5G Phone?
5G in Germany is still in its infancy, coverage will be spotty even in cities that are offering 5G. Today, it makes little sense to pick up a 5G phone specifically for this upgrade, BUT there are a few scenarios where it could make sense:
If you have to upgrade your 2+ year old phone, then yes, future proof your purchase!
If you live in a city where 5G is available and are an early adopter that needs to take advantage of the faster speeds, go for it.
If you’re cord cutting and want to give up your home internet connection and the telcos offer some nice incentives. I might jump ship and also pick up a 5G phone with home router.
Today Germany does not feel ready for a 5G smartphone, a network that just kicked off in June 2019 has moved very quickly, however, it’s later than so many any other countries.
Samsung’s put out another iterative and focused smartphone aimed at creating a solid experience. With or without 5G if you need an upgrade it already feels like solid smartphone to consider. We’ll have to wait for the review to give you a final verdict, but everything about this specsheet screams “I’m Future Proof!” which already makes it easier to recommend.