While the launch of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S10 5G has not been decided yet, Motorola is set release the Moto Z3 to claim the title of the world's first 5G smartphone. If the Galaxy S10 5G is not launched before April 11, which is when the Moto Z3 is scheduled to be released, the United States will win the race to commercialize the world’s first 5G phone.
American mobile carrier Verizon started the pre-sale of the Motorola Moto Z3 on March 14 (local time). Although the Moto Z3 is a Long Term Evolution (LTE) phone, it can be transformed into a 5G phone when equipped with a Moto Mods bundle. The Moto Mods is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 modem chip that supports 5G. As a result, Verizon promotes the Motorola Z3 as world’s first 5G-upgradable smartphone. The price of the Moto Z3 is US$480 (545,000 won). The Motto Mods for Moto Z3 was originally US$349.99, but it is currently available at US$50 (397,000 won) to attract the 5G users.
Verizon starts the 5G mobile service in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11 and plans to launch the Motorola Z3 at the same time.
As a result, Korean phone makers that have delayed the 5G commercialization from the end of this month to next month are pressured to act. The industry expects the Galaxy S10 5G model to be launched in the first to early second week of next month, but the schedule has not been confirmed yet. Mobile carriers have started a promotion, in which Galaxy S10 LTE buyers can return their phones and receive new 5G phones after the 5G model is launched. The price of the Galaxy S10 5G is expected to be 1.5 million won (US$1,320).