Thoughkicked off in 2019, you’ll see even more 5G phones throughout this year and next. In the US it’s currently live in select cities for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and other regional carriers. The 5G networks for are live too.
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Most people will likely experience the benefits of a robust 5G network only through a 5G phone. After all, the grand promises carriers and chipmakers are making with 5G coverage don’t mean much if you can’t access 5G service with your own device. To help you keep tabs on all the latest 5G phones and when we can expect more, here’s what the major phone-makers are offering.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra
Equipped with Samsung’s S Pen smart stylus, the Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra are pricey, ultrapremium phones with expansive screens and 5G. They also have triple-rear camera setups, the high-powered Snapdragon 865 Plus processor and reverse wireless charging.
Google Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5
Not much is yet known about Google’s upcoming Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5 phones. Announced the same day the company launched its affordable midrange Pixel 4A, the Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5 will have 5G and are coming in the fall. They will be Google’s first 5G devices.
Though it isn’t coming to the US, the OnePlus Nord is an affordable 5G offering from Chinese phone-maker OnePlus. Available later this month in the UK and Europe, the phone costs under 500 euros (about $570, £450 or AU$820 converted) and features a 6.44-inch display, four rear cameras and a 90Hz refresh rate.
The LG Velvet, a polished, midrange 5G phone that first launched in South Korea, is coming to the US on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. The new device, which starts at $599, will hit AT&T first and is available for preorder now, before arriving in stores on Aug. 7. The Velvet has a high-end look, a headphone jack and a sizable 6.8-inch display.
Despite its high price tag and being a Verizon exclusive in the US, the Edge Plus is still a premium 5G phone worth looking into. It features a Snapdragon 865 chipset, a giant battery, an OLED screen with a high refresh rate and multiple rear cameras with heavy-duty specs. As CNET’s Patrick Holland declared, it’s “one of the most wonderful Android phones I’ve tried in a long time.”
The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro’s premium experience comes at a relatively affordable price compared to its high-end Android competitors. As the more advanced phone, the OnePlus 8 Pro has a 120Hz display and a telephoto camera. But the OnePlus 8 is cheaper and still has 5G, a 90Hz display and the same top-of-the-line processor.
Motorola G 5G Plus
Already available in Europe for 349 euros (about $400, £315 or AU$565), the Moto G 5G Plus features a 6.7-inch full HD display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a 5,000-mAh battery, and a Snapdragon 765 5G processor. Though Motorola says it’s aiming to launch a sub-$500 5G phone for the US in the fall, it’s unclear whether or not this new device will be a reworked 5G Plus or a new phone altogether.
In addition to its headphone jack (a rarity among top-tier phones these days), the LG V60 is unique because it works with a case accessory that effectively doubles the size of its screen. Known as Dual Screen, it allows the V60 to fold open like a book, so you can display two apps on both displays or view content as a single tablet (albeit with a big hinge in the middle).
Samsung Galaxy A71 5G
The $600 (£519, AU$899) Galaxy A71 5G features a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, four rear cameras and a robust 4,500-mAh battery. In the US you can nab it on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Samsung.
Like 2018’s Motorola Moto Z3, the Moto Z4 from last year connects to 5G networks with a Moto Mod accessory. The Mod attaches to the back of the phone using magnetic pins and, at the time, was one of the cheaper options for a 5G phone. Today, the phone itself costs $399 and the Mod runs an extra $350.
ZTE Axon 11 5G
The Axon 11 5G packs a 6.47-inch screen, four rear cameras and a Snapdragon 765G processor. The phone is available in China and other countries in Europe and the Middle East. But its manufacturer, ZTE, is eyeing a US launch sometime early next year too, and with a sub-$300 price tag. Converted from Chinese yuan, the device’s starting price is $380, £305 or AU$560.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G
The Mi 10 Pro 5G is packed with a Snapdragon 865 chipset, a 90Hz refresh-rate display, a 4,500-mAh battery and even a 108-megapixel rear camera. As a premium phone, it costs about $1,100 when converted from its price in Europe (999 euros, which is about £890 or AU$1,660).
Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
The Galaxy A90 5G has a 6.7-inch display, three rear cameras and a Snapdragon 855 processor. It also has an octa-core processor and an in-screen fingerprint reader. Though not available through Samsung in the US, it retails for £399 in the UK (about $510; it’s not available in Australia).
Though Nokia isn’t the phone giant that it was 15 years ago, it still launched a 5G phone. Known as the Nokia 8.3, the phone costs 599 euros ($650, £550 or AU$1,110) when it initially launched, and has “global 5G” capabilities. That means you can roam on 5G as you travel abroad — something we’ve not seen so far from other phone-makers.
Nokia also stands to benefit from 5G in other ways though. In addition to Qualcomm and Ericsson, the company has patent rights to 5G technology and stands to make up to $3.50 for every 5G phone sold.
Chinese phone maker Coolpad’s first 5G phone was supposed to be the Legacy 5G. Though the company planned to sell the phone in the second quarter of 2020 for “under $400” via Coolpad, Amazon and other US retailers, we haven’t seen the 5G variant being sold yet (a 4G LTE version is available on Boost Mobile, however). The Legacy also operates on sub-6GHz spectrum and was supposed to be supported by T-Mobile and AT&T’s 5G networks.
TCL 10 5G
Though it’s not a household name, TCL is usually known for its affordable TVs. The company does make phones too and its latest 5G phone is called the TCL 10 5G. It features four rear cameras, a headphone jack and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G chipset.
What about other companies?
As 5G networks all over the world continue to be built out, expect more phone-makers that don’t have 5G phones yet to join the fray soon. Here’s where other companies stand on 5G support and 5G adoption.
Rumors are floating that Apple will include 5G connectivity this year for its upcoming. More specifically, Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo predicts . There are a couple of reasons why the company didn’t jump on the trend in 2019.
First, Apple usually isn’t the first in on mobile trends, instead preferring to wait before emerging wireless technologies are widespread before committing to them. It was behind its competitors in making phones with 3G and 4G LTE connectivity when those networks launched.
Second, Apple stopped working with the leading 5G modem provider, Qualcomm,. The two companies in April 2019, and then agreed to . This led to Apple’s previous partner of 5G modems, Intel, to ultimately altogether and for $1 billion. Apple is still working with Qualcomm, but it got started too late to launch a 5G iPhone last year.
Apple did not respond for a request to comment.
Instead of a phone, Taiwanese electronics company HTC has a. Available last year , but not currently on sale, the hub could connect up to 20 people simultaneously. Equipped with a 5-inch display, audio speakers and Android Pie software, the device was also a media hub that you could make video calls with or use to check mail.