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The Galaxy A90 5G is the cheaper, flat-screen S10+ of your dreams

Until now, 5G has been reserved for only the most expensive phones on the market. Recent flagships such as the Galaxy Note 10 don't even have it, there has to be a special version with a 5G radio that costs even more. With the announcement of the new Galaxy A90 5G, Samsung is betting that consumers are ready for mid-band 5G in a cheaper handset.

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Galaxy A90 leaks signal that 5G phones may soon become a little cheaper

We're still early yet in the era of 5G technology and, so far, we've only 5G-capable phones that are very expensive. Sometimes very, very expensive. And for any wannabe first adopters on a shoestring budget, it's been looking like a long wait for a more affordable 5G phone. But there's now growing intelligence on such a device coming out of Samsung in the near future — the Galaxy A90 5G.

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Nokia working on 'value' 5G phone set for 2020 release

Following tradition set by the first 4G and LTE phones, the initial wave of 5G smartphones has been very expensive. The Galaxy S10 5G and Note10+ 5G will set you back $1,300, but HMD Global (maker of all Nokia-branded Android devices) wants to make something substantially cheaper.

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OnePlus CEO confirms its second 5G smartphone will be available worldwide this year

OnePlus has confirmed it is once again stocking up for another hardware launch later this year. In the past few years, this launch consisted of an upgraded version of that year's smartphone — its superiority designated with a 'T' suffix at the end of the name. However, CEO Pete Lau has just laid out plans to debut another 5G smartphone this fall, but with a wider audience in mind.

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Verizon 5G spanks Sprint's in new Speedtest.net performance report

We're in the early days of 5G in the US with carriers like Verizon scrambling to deploy millimeter wave and Sprint focusing on mid-band networks. Carriers are talking up the blazing speed of 5G, but how fast are we talking here? Speedtest has measured 5G performance in Verizon and Sprint markets to get a better idea, and unsurprisingly, Verizon's 5G is much, much faster.

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FCC chairman Ajit Pai supports Sprint/T-Mobile merger, brings deal to home stretch

After years of back-and-forth boardroom negotiations, handshakes with government officials, a failure along the way, and many doses of hard bargaining, Sprint and T-Mobile are on track to merge and form a wireless carrier with a total of 137 million subscribers. The Department of Justice recently greenlit the deal, all we're waiting for now is the FCC vote. Today, the countdown has begun as commission chairman Ajit Pai announced his support for the combination.

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Sprint and OnePlus team up for 5G smartphone

Sprint is on its way to oblivion now that the T-Mobile merger has received government approval, but the increasingly troubled carrier is still going through the motions. It's even preparing to launch a new 5G device with OnePlus. However, Sprint has opted to keep virtually all the details to itself.

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T-Mobile reports record-setting Q2, plans to get Dish started as carrier

Amidst news of the Department of Justice's approval of its merger with Sprint, T-Mobile has announced a record second quarter with big gains in both subscribers and revenues. In its earnings call, the carrier tooted its horn about its rapid pace of capital expenditure related to 600MHz and millimeter wave spectrum and painted a couple of insights to its spectrum and MVNO sale to Dish.

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The LG V50's bootloader will be unlockable in Europe

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[Update: Out now] Sprint's Galaxy S10 5G now available for pre-order, ships June 21st

The era of 5G is upon us whether you like it or not. After breaking free of Verizon's exclusivity period and coming to AT&T (sort of), the Galaxy S10 5G is now live on Sprint. You can place your order now, and the phone will ship on June 21st.

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