Samsung is already in the middle of releasing the stable version of Android 10 to a few of its flagships, most notably the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 series devices. However, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G on T-Mobile will be the first mobile from Samsung to ship with Android 10 out-of-the-box. But if you are planning to buy Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, consider reading this first.
Although the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G is already out there and available for sale for months now, the T-Mobile version of the device is slightly different than the other handsets. The T-Mobile version Galaxy Note 10 Plus doesn’t support mmWave signals. Instead, the device is designed to work on that carrier’s sub-600MHz 5G band, which is now active for almost 200 million people around the United States. According to the official sources, the smartphone also has a stable version of Android 10. Samsung has set a goal for its update schedule to launch stable Android 10 to its 2019 flagships by the first month of 2020, but it’s absolutely possible most people will see it rolling by the end of this year.
If you are a T-Mobile consumer and want to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, think again. The device isn’t future-proof. The device doesn’t support mmWave signals, which means you won’t have access to the true 5G capability that the T-Mobile has already activate in some specific areas of certain states. As mmWave technology expands to more places, you will missing out on the fastest internet you could have otherwise. However, the device will still get very high speeds (roughly 500-600Mbps) and low latencies in areas where the sub-600MHz bands are active. So if you just want high-speed internet now and know you’ll upgrade the smartphone in the next year or two, this phone might be a good fit.
As if now, there is no true 5G-capable device from T-Mobile that can access both 600MHz bands and mmWave signals. If you are interested in 5G network support, you have to wait for 2020 phones for that.