South Korea set to roll out world's first 5G phone ahead of rivals

Samsung is set to beat US rival Motorola by releasing the world's first 5G-enabled phone to the public on April 5. We visit Korean telco KT Corporation's 5G Experience Zone to see what changes the ultra-fast network will bring.
Visitors to the KT 5G Experience Zone in Gwanghwamun Plaza in Seoul trying out Samsung's first 5G phone, the Galaxy S10 5G, last month. Competition to be first in 5G is stiff, as other countries, including the United States and China, are also eager
Visitors to the KT 5G Experience Zone in Gwanghwamun Plaza in Seoul trying out Samsung's first 5G phone, the Galaxy S10 5G, last month. Competition to be first in 5G is stiff, as other countries, including the United States and China, are also eager to flaunt their 5G capabilities as soon as possible.PHOTO: KT CORPORATION

South Korean student Lee Sang-jin can hardly wait as his country races against time to put the world's first 5G phone on sale.

"5G will definitely change our lives as everything will become faster and more autonomous, and we can get to try new experiences in hologram and virtual reality," the 21-year-old told The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2019, with the headline 'S. Korea set to roll out world's first 5G phone ahead of rivals'. Print Edition | Subscribe