Verizon was also the first carrier to offer a 5G-compatible phone when it launched its moto z3 smartphone. However, that phone required an accessory that attached to the back of the device to access the 5G network.
Samsung has since released four other 5G smartphones under its flagship Galaxy series — the Note 10 5G, Note 10+ 5G, A90 5G and the Galaxy Fold 5G. The company will also release its first 5G tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6 5G, to customers in Korea in the first quarter of 2020.
“We are excited to bring 5G to even more device categories and introduce people to mobile experiences they never thought possible,” TM Roh, head of research at Samsung’s mobile communications division, said in a statement.
Samsung has benefited from the current troubles facing Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker and a leading smartphone seller.
As the market gears up for the next generation of ultra-fast wireless technology, analysts at securities firm Daishin have predicted that Samsung will have the upper hand “as virtually the only 5G smartphone manufacturer in the world outside China.”
— Sherisse Pham contributed to this report.