Korea's 5G Network Won't Support Superfast iPhone 12

      October 15, 2020 12:17

      Apple unveiled its first 5G smartphones, the iPhone 12 series on Tuesday, but the much-touted superfast connectivity will not work in Korea.

      They come more than a year after rivals Samsung and Huawei rolled out their 5G phones. But considering the large numbers of hardcore Apple fans, industry watchers expect it to take off rapidly.

      This year there are four versions -- the iPhone 12 Mini (5.4-inch screen), the iPhone 12 (6.1 inches), the iPhone Pro (6.1 inches) and the iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7 inches). They are a little slimmer and squarer than the iPhone 11.

      The biggest strength of the iPhone 12 is its connection speed, which is the fastest among 5G smartphones on the market. The data transmission of 5G smartphones in Korea is based on a bandwidth of 3.5 GHz, but the iPhone 12 uses 28 GHz, which is 20 times faster than 4G smartphones. But Korea's telecom infrastructure does not support 28 GHz and the phones will be sold here without the antenna that allows it.

      Many parts of the world have yet to set up 5G networks, and the global phone market has been languishing since the coronavirus outbreak. CNBC reported that 28 GHz-based 5G connections are mainly available in metropolitan area and even there some parts will miss out.

      Korea was expected to be included among the first countries where the new iPhone was to be released, but now customers here will have to wait about a week after it hits store shelves in the U.S. and Japan. Pre-orders start in Korea on Oct. 23.

      The new phones will cost between W950,000 and W1.5 million (US$1=W1,145).

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