One of the biggest upgrades Samsung has made to the Galaxy S20 series is that every model supports 5G. In the US, we’re only getting the 5G versions of the Galaxy S20 and, as a result, Verizon won’t see the device for a little while because its network isn’t supported.
Update 5/19: Samsung and Verizon have today confirmed that the regular Samsung Galaxy S20 is arriving at Verizon Wireless on June 4th. The device will carry the same $999 price as other carrier and unlocked models, but will pack support for mmWave 5G connectivity. As previously reported, this model will be available in the exclusive “Cloud White” color variant pictured below alongside the pink and gray color options.
Pre-orders start May 21st. From Verizon’s website. There’s also a $150 promo for new and existing customers.
At launch, the Galaxy S20 series comes with both 5G and LTE-only variants, but in the US we’re not getting those LTE models. Importantly, though, the 5G models use two different types of 5G connectivity. With the S20+ and S20 Ultra, both Sub-6 and mmWave networks are supported.
With the smaller Galaxy S20, though, only the Sub-6 networks are supported. As a result, the smaller, most affordable (but still expensive) Galaxy S20 won’t support Verizon’s 5G network for a while (via The Verge). Specifically, Samsung says the S20 won’t launch on Verizon until the second quarter of this year, so at least a couple of months. In the meantime, the smaller S20 will be available on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
In its press release, Verizon says:
The Galaxy S20 5G series taps into Verizon’s lightning-fast 5G Ultra Wideband network, as well as Verizon’s low-band 5G network, going live later this year. Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband offers access to speeds that will change the way you use your smartphone for work, play and everything in between. Stay tuned for additional information and availability for the Galaxy S20 5G on Verizon.
More on Galaxy S20:
- Samsung Galaxy S20 series goes official w/ Snapdragon 865, no headphone jack, $999
- Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series starts at $999 — is that too much? [Poll]
- Galaxy S20 tidbits: Live caption support, 4G versions, 8K video limits, more
FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.