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Galaxy S10 5G: Everything you need to know

Samsung has taken the wraps off its first superfast 5G phone.

The new Galaxy S10 5G will be Samsung's top-of-the-line phone when it goes on sale later this year. Unveiled Wednesday at Samsung's Unpacked event in San Francisco, it's one of several devices Samsung announced at the event, including the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and cheaper S10E.

In short, the Galaxy S10 5G is a supercharged version of the Galaxy S10 Plus. It has an extra camera lens on the back, bigger battery and other features that set it apart from Samsung's other devices in the Galaxy S10 family. Here's a breakdown to help you help you keep it straight.

When's it available?
Samsung hasn't set a specific date for the launch of the Galaxy S10 5G. But the company did say it'll be available first on Verizon's network in the second quarter of this year.

When will other carriers get it?
In the US, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile will offer it starting this summer.

Why do I have to wait for the 5G version of this phone?
For one thing, carriers are only just now beginning to roll out their 5G networks. And chipmakers like Qualcomm have been working to catch up and get their products out the door. For instance, Qualcomm just showcased the first 5G prototype phone using its chip in December. Devices need to be tested and then put into production, which takes time.

Even though it seems like a long wait, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg told investors on the company's earnings call last month that the 5G market is almost two years ahead of schedule. He said the company is now waiting for hardware partners to deliver their products to fully launch its 5G service.