What are the Smartphones Ready for the 5G Network so far?
At the MWC, it hails 5G announcements and also a few concrete smartphone models were included. Here are the most important handsets announced so far.
The 5G is moving specialized in technology media around the world. Developed countries are running out of time to upgrade their infrastructure and start offering the fifth-generation network.
The 5G aims to be a much more advanced network than the current 4G, with much higher download and upload speeds and lower latency, providing a more robust and stable connection, ready for new interactions over the internet.
How important is this technology, which will revolutionize many areas of our lives, but in the next one or two years for the smartphone market – that’s on a completely different page.
We are still miles away from actually using smartphones in a 5G network. As carriers get ready, manufacturers have begun to advertise their devices compatible with the new network. Of course, the manufacturers of the corresponding hardware are not very interested in this. So, Samsung used its unpacked event shortly before the MWC, to introduce the Galaxy S10 in a 5G variant.
Below, we list the 5G-ready smartphones that are due to be released in 2019.
Samsung Galaxy 10 5G
The Samsung Galaxy S10 comes in four variants. The 5G functionality is the largest of these variants with a screen diagonal of 6.7 inches. It is most likely due to the 5G antennas, which require a certain size of the device. The battery with a capacity of 4,500 mAh is also larger than the other models. In addition, Samsung has also on the cameras once again put three main cameras, but also installed a 3D depth sensor.
There is a lot of wood with the Samsung in addition to the 5G technology and other purchase arguments in the device stuff. As usual, you will find an Exynos or a Qualcomm SoC depending on the region. Samsung already has its 5G device cocked, just waiting for the connected operator’s 5G network to go live so it can be launched. The price has not yet been confirmed.
Huawei Mate X
We also introduced you to the Huawei Mate X. The Chinese are nimble and combine the two biggest smartphone trends of the year – 5G and a foldable display. Huawei uses its own 5G modem, the Balong 5000. You will get first-class technology, including a foldable panel, which unfolds to a whopping eight inches.
If one wants to use a 5G device to get as fast as possible video contents on the device, Huawei’s combination of 5G and large display proof a point.
It will be released in June 2019 for $2,600.
ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G
We have not introduced you to the ZTE smartphone here on the blog. Like many of the other first-generation 5G smartphones, the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in combination with the 5G Qualcomm modem. The RAM is 6 GB rather average on current standards.
There is also a 6.47-inch FullHD OLED display – you’ll notice that all 5G Phones are quite a bummer – and the battery offers at least 4,000 mAh. There is not yet a fixed date, nor any price, but at least ZTE should be ready in the first half of 2019.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
Xiaomi makes it like so many vendors who now wants to present a 5G smartphone. Take a well-known smartphone, modify it a bit and then skin it out as the first 5G phone. The Chinese have chosen the Mi Mix 3 as the first phone with 5G capabilities.
For the most part, the two smartphones namely the Mi Mix 3 and the 5G version are technically identical, but Xiaomi has also thrown out the Snapdragon 845 in favor of the Snapdragon 855 and logically also the 5G modem Qualcomm is used. As usual of Xiaomi, you want to place your price below the competitors, and so you can already plan the Mi Mix 3 5G a price of 599 euros. With an appointment in May Xiaomi is also very fast.
Alcatel 7 5G
Alcatel also mixes a manufacturer in the 5G game, which otherwise does not necessarily appear at the top of the most important smartphone providers. But with the Alcatel 7 5G, you also deliver pretty well. The combination Snapdragon 855, 5G modem, 6 GB RAM and 4,000 mAh battery should be something that we encounter even more frequently in the 5G smartphones this year.
Of course, the display is again huge with 6.5 inches – the price, however, should be significantly lower than most competitors. However, Alcatel still cannot look into the cards in this regard. The Alcatel 7 without 5G functionality has cost under 200 euros and that gives hope that the 5G version will receive a slim price. Maybe you will get the part later this year, but Alcatel also considers a release early in 2020 possible.
LG V50 ThinQ
LG does not want to oversleep the 5G game, and so it brings a device on the market, long before us users can use the technology. The V50 ThinQ is also a well-known smartphone – the V40 – and has received a few new components for the occasion.
Again, we have it again with a Snapdragon 855 including 5G modem to do, again in combination with a 4,000 mAh battery. Like the V40, the 5G-Phone also has a 6.4-inch screen, but overall, it’s a bit chunkier. At the same time, however, the Koreans limit the fact that they are oriented towards the actual release of the network providers. As soon as they start, LG delivers.
Let us know if there are other officially approved devices with 5G modems that we think you should take in here. And like to tell us in the comments, if you want to get into the 5G race as fast as possible – or if you can wait a while.
Devices under development
The OnePlus 5G prototype appeared on MWC 2019 in a plastic case demonstrating a game by Shadow’s streaming service. It is expected to be released in the second quarter of this year costing between $200 and $300 more than the non-5G version.
The Oppo 5G will come with the Snapdragon 855 and an X50 modem. These are the few information about it, in addition to the launch forecast, which is for the second quarter of this year.
The Sony prototype will also have a Snapdragon 855, but with an X55 modem. In MWC 2019, it was demonstrated by streaming content in 4K.
Sony has not confirmed the launch forecast, nor its price.