The first steps in the move from 4G LTE to 5G NR are on the way. And testing with one of the first two handsets capable of connecting to Verizon's version of this faster network application, gives 5G incredible speeds, but very, very limited range.
Some parts of downtown Chicago and Minneapolis are the first two places Verizon customers can find the successor to 4G. And the Samsung Galaxy S1
0 5G can connect, and it can also be cut on the 5G Moto Mod to the Moto Z3 as well.
Testing by Digital Trends in Chicago with the modified version of S10 showed this handset could break through 1 Gbps, under the right conditions. The service regularly provided between 700 Mbps and 1 Gbps on Speedtest.
By comparison, tests done last year showed that Verin's 4G service was a maximum of 355 Mbps and averaged 50 Mbps.
But 5G offers extremely limited range  Verizon has chosen to offer 5G over millimeter wave (mmWave) frequencies. This enables the fastest frequencies, but very short range, and little intrusion into buildings. This means that the carrier and AT&T also need to place network nodes quite closely together to provide service.
"Losing point of view with the node also meant losing the 5G service. Walls are the network's kryptonite," says Julian Chokkattu of Digital Trends .
There are other disadvantages with the early 5G units. example, Samsung Galaxy S10 is $ 1,399.99 or $ 1,299.99, depending on storage capacity.
5G iPhone on its way
Apple has recently signed an agreement with Qualcomm that is expected to lead to a 5G iPhone by 2020. is behind its rivals, 5G networks are still years away from being ubiquitous. Analyst Gene Munster said recently "We expect it to take until the end of 2022 before 75% of the US population will have 5G service."
mmWave's short range is a major cause of the slow development of this new standard.