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Samsung releases 5G model in China

South Korean company's device joins a lucrative market for 5G technology that is already dominated by domestic brands Huawei and ZTE.

Samsung launched a 5G smartphone in Beijing on Wednesday, the first foreign brand to release a 5G model in China.

The 7,999-yuan (US$1,132) Samsung 5G Galaxy Note 10 Plus will be available next month.

“Samsung will rise up with 5G technology (in China),” said Kwon Gye-Hyun, Samsung Electronics China president.

Domestic brands Huawei and ZTE have launched 5G smartphones in China. In June, the country issued long-awaited commercial 5G licenses, triggering a new market for telecommunications devices and smartphone vendors. 

Samsung has already sold 2 million 5G models in South Korea, which gives it advantages in 5G deployment, the company said.

In 2020, more than 160 million 5G smartphones will be sold, mainly fueled by demand in China, according to researcher Strategy Analytics.

Samsung leads the global 5G market currently but Huawei is expected to dominate in China, it said. 

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