Galaxy S10 5G speed test: Verizon and Sprint duke it out head to head

CNET | 7/11/2019 | Eli Blumenthal
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Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G is one of the first phones available for the next-generation wireless networks just now coming into service.

It's one thing for wireless carriers like Verizon and Sprint to show off 5G speeds in one city or another. It's another to test the same phone on two different networks in the same city to get a taste for how the 5G competition is really heating up. That's exactly what I'm doing today in Chicago -- testing peak and real-world 5G speeds on the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G on both Verizon and Sprint.

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Sprint, awaiting government approval on its pending acquisition by T-Mobile, on Thursday turned on its fifth promised 5G city, Chicago. That happens to be one of the two launch markets for the 5G service from larger rival Verizon, which yielded impressive speeds, if limited coverage, in our early tests.

Sprint's expansion into the Windy City, as the second carrier to offer 5G there, turns Chicago into one of the early battlegrounds for 5G. It also marks an early test of the different approaches taken by the two carriers. Sprint has focused on using the slower, but wider-ranging midband spectrum (often referred to as sub-6GHz) for its 5G network as opposed to Verizon (and AT&T and T-Mobile's) prioritization of using super-fast -- but severely limited -- millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum.

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Where Verizon gets download speeds close to or exceeding 1Gbps on its mmWave 5G network, Sprint's midband network is a fair bit slower. John Saw, Sprint's chief technology officer, said that the average download speed the company is seeing is 328Mbps, with...
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