Add it to Samsung to talk up its other 5G smartphone before most businesses have tapped their first. A few days after announcing its first 5G handset via Verizon, the company is already at number two. This comes via an AT & T press release, which qualifies the handset a little more, it calls "another standard 5G device."
Shortly after Verizon was first with the original Samsung 5G news, both AT & T and Sprint announced that they would also get the handset. That device is planned, largely, for a while in the first half. This, meanwhile, will probably come in the second half. "Probable" due to road map and all that ultimately is subject to change.
It is a bit unlike smartphone manufacturers to tip their hands so far, but between these phones and the collapsible prototype that recently appeared, Samsung makes it clear to attempt to demonstrate the innovation it has in its works. It appears to be, at least in part, due to some weak sales in 2018. Wireless operators, meanwhile, clearly fall over themselves to be the first announced partner for these devices.
Given the fairly long lead time, companies risk not cannibalizing holiday sales too much, especially with some deep December discounts on flagships.