5G capable phones are rare right now. There are only a few, and they’re usable in just a few locations around the world. A 5G smartphone is only useful at its fullest potential when connected to a 5G network. So, as this newest mobile network slowly rolls out around the world, 5Gphones will begin to become available for carriers like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.
The first 5G networks have now launched in the UK and US. 5G phones have already from Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo, and more. We’ve detailed those below and linked to our other in-depth coverage of those devices.
By the way, this feature is just for 2019 phones at the moment – we think the iPhone XII (iPhone 12) in 2020 will be Apple’s first 5G phone. In a surprise announcement, Apple has now linked up with Qualcomm to use its 5G modem. On the same day and in a coordinated move, alternative supplier Intel announced it wouldn’t produce 5G smartphone modems after all.
It has launched in the UK with Vodafone and is also coming to O2 UK and Three UK in due course. Price-wise it’s a little cheaper than many 5G phones, which makes it a great start point if you want to try out super-fast connectivity.