Samsung has announced a new mid-range addition for its 5G device lineup.
The Korean tech titan had already introduced the world to a bunch of 5G devices this year, including the $1,300-plus Galaxy S10 5G, the $2,000-plus Galaxy Fold 5G, and the recently revealed Galaxy Note 10-series, which features two 5G versions. The latter pair start at $1,049, though the cheaper one is exclusive to South Korea — those in the U.S. will pay upwards of $1,300. Now Samsung has thrown 5G at one of its mid-range A series devices in the form of the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G, which will debut in the company’s native market tomorrow (September 4), with an international launch to follow.
Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G have circulated for months, with leaker Evan Blass teasing a bunch of very official-looking marketing materials as recently as this past weekend. Now, however, Samsung has officially confirmed most of the A90 5G’s specifications, and it is a bit of a beast despite its lowly A series status. Sporting a giant 6.7-inch full HD+ display (1080 x 2400), the A90 5G has three rear cameras (including a 48-megapixel main lens), a 32-megapixel selfie camera, a 4,500 mAh battery, and 25-watt fast charging. It also has the same Snapdragon 855 chipset as other 5G devices on the market.
Samsung isn’t, of course, the only company to push 5G devices this year — OnePlus now offers the $840 OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, while Huawei has the Mate 20 X 5G and Xiaomi the more affordable $680 Mi Mix 3 5G. LG, meanwhile, offers the $1,000-plus V50 ThinQ 5G. There are other 5G devices available, too, but as an affordable, mass-market device from the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world, the Galaxy A90 5G could help truly kickstart the 5G revolution. Samsung hasn’t revealed pricing for the Galaxy A90 5G, even in its domestic market where it goes on sale tomorrow, but as a mid-range device it could weigh in at comfortably less than $1,000.*
For now, those in the U.S. have limited options in terms of 5G devices — only the Samsung S10 5G, Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, and LG V50 ThinQ 5G are available. If Samsung can come in with a $700-$800 5G device, for example, it could help propel the adoption of 5G — assuming the Galaxy A90 5G is made available to buy in the U.S.
VentureBeat has reached out to Samsung for further details around pricing and market launches for the Galaxy A90 5G, and we will update here when we hear back.
*Samsung has now confirmed the local price for the Galaxy A90 5G will be 899,800 KRW, which translates to around $743. The company has yet to confirm when, or whether, the device will make it to other markets such as the U.S.