5G might be the latest and fastest cellular technology, but infrastructure and hardware will still be lagging behind through 2020. Like other major carriers, Sprint’s network is still being built, with several cities launching in May 2019. However, most carriers do not have 5G phones available for the public yet, including Sprint.
Read on to check out Sprint’s 5G phones list and their availability.
Sprint will release two 5G phones and 5G service In nine cities by Fall 2019
What 5G Phones Does Sprint Have?
Sprint is launching its first 5G sites in May 2019 in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and Kansas City, followed by five other cities this summer. Now they’re going to need some 5G phones to actually use the service.
That’s why Sprint will be launching the LG V50 ThinQ 5G this spring and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G by May 31. These devices will allow Sprint customers to access Sprint’s 5G network for cellular speeds 20 times than current 4G LTE service.
Sprint 5G Phones
Sprint 5G Phone Specifications and Pricing
|LG V50 ThinQ 5G||Samsung Galaxy S10 5G|
|Display||6.4-inch P-OLED||6.7-inch Infinity-O AMOLED|
|Resolution||1440 x 3120 pixels||1440 x 3040 pixels|
|Cameras||Dual 8MP/5MP selfie camera
Triple camera: 12MP standard, 12MP telephoto, and 16MP wide-angle.
|Dual 10MP/ToF selfie camera
Quad camera: 12MP wide-angle, 12MP telephoto, 16MP ultrawide angle, and TOF.
|Fingerprint Reader||Rear of device||Ultrasonic, in-screen|
|Internal Storage||128GB||256GB or 512GB|
|External Storage||Up to 2TB||None|
|OS||Android 9.0||Android 9.0|
|Price||$1,152 (512GB)||$1,299 or $1,399 (256GB/512GB)|
|Sprint Release Date||May 31, 2019||June 2019|
For a short time, The LG V50 ThinQ 5G Will be a Sprint Exclusive.
LG V50 ThinQ 5G
The first 5G phone available on Sprint’s network will be the LG V50 ThinQ 5G (or simply LG V50 ThinQ) this spring. We predict its release by the end of May in coordination with the launch of Sprint’s first four 5G cities. It will also be a Sprint exclusive for a short time.
LG’s V50 ThinQ 5G looks similar to LG’s previous V50 model, making it an incremental upgrade.
Both LG phones feature the following:
- A 6.4-inch bezel-less display
- Three rear cameras
- 6GB of memory
- Expandable storage
- A “notch” cutout for two selfie cameras and sensors
- A fingerprint reader on the back
However, the V50 ThinQ 5G comes with some extras. Besides the V50 ThinQ’s 5G antenna, it also has a super-fast Snapdragon 855 processor, which is capable of handling 5G speeds with lower latency, benefiting HD music and video streaming, as well as online gaming. It also comes with a giant, all-day 4,000mAh battery and a new add-on accessory called a Dual Screen.
LG’s Dual Screen will attach to the V50 ThinQ, acting as a second display. This is similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X, both foldable devices with multiple screens. Because the usefulness of a foldable screen is still in question (Samsung’s Fold has encountered a bevy of issues), LG’s add-on strategy may benefit them in the long run as a half-measure.
Current pricing estimates for the second screen are anyone’s guess. As for the cost of the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, Sprint is selling it for a steep $1,152 for pre-orders and shipping by May 31.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G pricing starts at $1,299
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
The Galaxy S10 5G is Samsung’s first 5G phone, and it’s larger and faster than some of its Galaxy predecessors. The phone will be available via Verizon on May 16, with pre-orders already underway. Nevertheless, Verizon’s exclusive rights to the device will be short-lived, as Sprint is planning to release it this summer.
The 6.7-inch Galaxy S10 5G is closer to the size of a small tablet than a smartphone. It features six cameras that make use of a feature called live video focus, as well as a number of other great software tools, an ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint reader (no more reaching around the back!), and high-end hardware specs to support the blazing 5G data speeds. There is also a small cutout in the top of the screen for its two front-facing cameras, which can be used with Samsung’s secure face-recognition technology to unlock your phone in addition to taking great wide-angle selfies.
Based on Verizon’s pre-order pricing, the Galaxy S10 5G costs a pretty penny:
- $1,299 in the U.S. for 256GB
- $1,399.99 for its 512GB model
Sprint 5G Plans
Sprint hasn’t made any announcement regarding 5G cell phone plans or their pricing structure just yet. Based on other carrier plan offerings, it’s possible their plans will not cost any more than their current unlimited plans. T-Mobile’s 5G plans, for example, will cost no more than their current 4G LTE offerings. Verizon is charging $10/month more than their existing unlimited plans for access to their 5G Ultra Wideband network.
Sprint 5G Cities
As we’ve noted, Sprint in the process of rolling out its 5G network to nine cities by mid-2019.
By summer, the full list of Sprint’s 5G cities coverage will include:
- Dallas-Ft. Worth
- Kansas City
- Los Angeles
- New York
- Washington DC
Sprint Standard Coverage
Sprint Coverage by State
|State||Percentage Covered||Mile Covered (mi²)|
|New Hampshire||39.03%||3,768 mi²|
|New Jersey||95.96%||7,419 mi²|
|New Mexico||16.46%||19,759 mi²|
|New York||50.86%||24,904 mi²|
|North Carolina||58.18%||29,442 mi²|
|North Dakota||5.99%||4,193 mi²|
|Rhode Island||95.36%||1,124 mi²|
|South Carolina||63.93%||19,804 mi²|
|South Dakota||3.25%||2,499 mi²|
|West Virginia||60.61%||14,678 mi²|