Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S20 with mmWave 5G support launches June 4th
Earlier this year, Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 series, and all three models supported 5G in some capacity. The Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra supported both sub-6GHz spectra as well as mmWave frequencies (Verizon’s Ultra Wideband). The smallest Galaxy S20 5G, however, only supported sub-6GHz. That changes in June as Verizon is launching a model with mmWave support.
As mentioned, the Galaxy S20 was previously only available with support for sub-GHz 5G. It allows for a wider range and is much better at penetrating through walls. T-Mobile is leading the charge on sub-6GHz 5G in the US and they’ve been able to expand thanks to the Sprint merger. Verizon doesn’t yet have a sub-6GHz network, which is why they didn’t offer the Galaxy S20 5G.
Verizon will have its own sub-GHz network “later this year,” but for the time being, they are launching a Galaxy S20 with mmWave 5G support. mmWave doesn’t have the wide range or penetrability of sub-6GHz, but it offers very fast download and upload speeds. It’s sort of like the difference between 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi. Finally, all three Galaxy S20 devices will be able to access Verizon’s Ultra Wideband 5G.
The Verizon model will be available on June 4th with 128GB of storage in an exclusive “Cloud White” color. Pre-orders will be available online or with the My Verizon app on May 21st for $41.66 a month for 24 months on Verizon Device Payment (0% APR; $999.99 retail). Verizon is also offering several promotions:
- Buy any Samsung Galaxy S20 5G series smartphone and get up to $1,000 towards another, when you add a new Unlimited line and purchase the phone on a Verizon Device Payment plan.
- New and existing customers save $150 when you buy a new Samsung Galaxy S20 5G UW. This discount is given in 24 month bill credits.
- Existing customers can save up to 50% with an additional $350 savings when you upgrade to a new Galaxy S20 and trade-in your existing smartphone and have an active Verizon premium Unlimited plan (Above, Beyond, Do, Play or Get).
- Finally, if you purchase a Galaxy S20 5G series smartphone on a Verizon device payment plan you can also save $150 on select Samsung tablets and $100 on select Samsung wearables.