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Samsung Electronics Poised to Dominate 5G Smartphone Market in Apple’s Absence
LG's V50 ThinQ to Debut on April 19
Samsung Electronics Poised to Dominate 5G Smartphone Market in Apple’s Absence
  • By Michael Herh
  • April 5, 2019, 10:50
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The dual-screen V50 ThinQ to be launched by LG Electronics on April 19

Amid expectations that 5G smartphones will inject new vitality into the slumping global smartphone market, competition is expected to heat up among Samsung Electronics, which rolled out the world's first 5G smartphone, LG Electronics, Xiaomi and others that will launch their 5G smartphones before long.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is expected to have the 5G smartphone market to itself until the launches of other 5G smartphones. The Galaxy S10 5G garnered the honor of being the world's first 5G smartphone as the three Korean mobile carriers started 5G services using the model.

The Galaxy S10 5G is loaded with a 6.7-inch Infiniti-O display, the largest among models of the Galaxy S10 series, and features a dual camera on the front and a quadruple camera on the back. In particular, 3D depth cameras on the front and back will enable people to use augmented reality (AR) services in the future.

Samsung Electronics plans to release the first foldable phone "Galaxy Fold" in Korea as a 5G version in the middle of this May in a bid to lead the 5G market.

Following Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics will launch a 5G smartphone, the V50 ThinQ, on April 19. Prior to that, LG Electronics will recruit 555 consumers to try out the V50 ThinQ.

The most attractive feature of the V50 ThinQ is its dual screen. A 6.2-inch dual screen can be freely attached to or detached from the V50 ThinQ, allowing users to experience both an ordinary smartphone and a foldable phone. Users can watch movies on two screens while searching for information on actors starring in the movie and use a separate controller while playing a game.

Besides Korean smartphone makers, China’s Xiaomi will also launch a 5G smartphone. Xiaomi is scheduled to release the Mi Mix3 5G in May. The Mi Mix 3 5G’s strongest weapon is its price. In the European market, the Mi Mix 3 will retail at 599 euros (about 760,000 won). If the product sells at that price, it will be the only one that will cost less than one million won among 5G phones.

In addition, Motorola's Moto Z3 will be released as the first 5G phone in the United States, but it is called a semi-5G smartphone because it is an LTE model that supports 5G services through the “5G Moto Mod” accessory


Meanwhile, Apple and China’s Huawei have not yet put forward their plans to launch 5G phones. It is difficult for Apple to receive 5G modem chips properly because of a dispute with Qualcomm. Huawei also has difficulty in predicting demand for its 5G phones in the United States, one of the largest 5G phone markets, due to the U.S.-China trade dispute.