The future of mobile telephony is 5G and in 2020 the new network standard began to find its place in many areas of the world. In recent months, several brands have released new 5G smartphones and in this article, we explain the advantages of the new network standard and we list the most interesting 5G smartphones on the market today.
What are the benefits of 5G?
5G is not yet a concrete reality for the majority of users due to the absence of dedicated infrastructure, but over the next few years, it will be. It will have an impact on our daily lives and will not be limited to the way we use our smartphones but will touch different spheres: from the home to the car, to gaming. Not to mention other sectors such as medicine and industry.
The advantages of 5G can be summarized briefly in a higher data transfer rate and improved latency that will make more fluid the use of apps, services, and streaming, including gaming. Virtual and augmented reality will also benefit from the advantages offered by 5G, but overall the new network standard will make multimedia content more usable.
The best 5G smartphones you can buy today
Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
Samsung got into the 5G game early and even had a 5G version of the S10 series phones. For 2020, though, the South Korean giant added 5G to the entire range of S20 smartphone. That means you can now get the smallest, cheapest, and – in my opinion, the best – Samsung Galaxy S20 with 5G on board.
Launched in April 2020, the OnePlus 8 and its bigger brother, the OnePlus 8 Pro, are 5G-ready. At £599€699/$699, the non-Pro variant is one of the more affordable smartphones on this list. The regular 8 lacks some of the fancy camera tricks of the Pro, but the Snapdragon 865 and OnePlus’ software optimizations make this one of the snappiest 5G smartphones on the market. For those who were speed and performance without the gimmicks, this is the 5G phone to buy.
Oppo Find X2 Pro
One of the most beautiful and classy 5G smartphones on the market today is the Oppo Find X2 Pro. It comes in so-called ‘vegan leather’, and feel great in your hand. It also has a 120 Hz display and unlike Samsung, Oppo lets you activate with the display running at the highest possible resolution. The result is certainly eye-catching. Whilst not the cheapest phone on this list, far from it, the Oppo Find X2 Pro is the 5G smartphone for the kind of consumer who likes to think outside the box.
Realme X50 Pro 5G
We’re big fans of what Reamle is doing in the smartphone market right now at AndroidPIT. The Chinese manufacturer is kind of like the new Xiaomi, dropping a new smartphone after a new smartphone with impressive specs and jaw-dropping prices. The Realme X50 Pro 5G is, as the name suggests, a 5G smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and an impressive camera. At €399 in Europe, the X50 Pro 5G is also very reasonably priced.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Even before the Mobile World Congress 2019, Samsung introduced its Galaxy S10 line, including a smartphone with 5G support. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is the largest new Samsung smartphone with a 6.7-inch display. It is also well equipped with many cameras, a powerful processor and a strong battery to conquer the market from this summer onward – provided that there are 5G networks and tariffs that are affordable and available to all users by then.
Oppo Reno 5G
Oppo, too, does not give up on 5G and offers its Reno 10X Zoom with a 5G modem. As in the case of the Mi MIX 3 5G, we find a Snapdragon 855 processor inside with a Snapdragon X50 modem and an Adreno 640 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 4,065 mAh battery with fast VOOC 3.0 recharging.
Also, in this case, we find a large screen of 6.6 inches with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and an excellent photo compartment that completes the multimedia experience.
LG V50 ThinQ
At the MWC 2019, LG presented the V50 ThinQ – its first 5G capable smartphone. Last year’s flagship isn’t much thicker or bigger than its predecessor, but still houses Qualcomm’s latest 5G modem and antennas. In addition to 5G reception, LG also came up with something to counter the folding smartphone hype: a case with a second display that can be switched on and off as desired – not quite as elegant, but still practical.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is known for its attractive price-performance ratio for smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G is no exception because with a launch price of €599 it was the cheapest 5G smartphone on the market at the time. Even better – it comes with a full-size display and an attractive design. In terms of software, Xiaomi relies on the self-developed MIUI. Xiaomi now offers its smartphones in most European countries, but unfortunately, most don’t make their way across the Atlantic unless you resort to importing.
Sony Xperia 1
In Japan, Sony is still working on its smartphone future. Xperia 1 was one of the most important building blocks – and not just because of 5G support. It was the first smartphone with a 4K OLED display in a mega widescreen 21:9 format. This is intended for multimedia fans who enjoy watching movies on their smartphone and perhaps even filming and editing short films themselves. Over 5G they can then also be uploaded online very quickly.