Fifth-generation mobile networks are just getting started, but that has not stopped smartphone manufacturers from jumping ahead with device launches. Samsung, OnePlus, LG and more are already competing for attention even as their devices have limited geographic use cases. That said, we cannot fault first adopters looking to get on at the ground floor. If you need to have a 5G smartphone today, here are some excellent options.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
A 5G version of Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the S10 5G, is an excellent device. Sporting a 6.7-inch QHD+ screen, 8GB of RAM, four rear cameras, two forward-facing cameras and a massive 4,500 mAh battery, it’s a true flagship device. The 5G variant is larger than the company’s Galaxy S10+ but combining curved Gorilla Glass and almost 90 percent screen-to-body ratio makes it ultra-comfortable in the hand.
Add in a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 processor alongside the massive RAM, and this device is built for gamers. With 256GB of onboard storage, there is plenty of room for gaming, photos, videos and movies you can quickly download on your 5G network.
Samsung Note 10 Plus 5G
Unsurprisingly, Samsung has not one, but two 5G devices available. The second is the Samsung Note 10 Plus 5G. Similar to the Galaxy S10 5G, this model is a revision of the existing Galaxy Note 10, already one of the best smartphones on the market.
The beautiful 6.8-inch display also pairs with a curved frame to feel more comfortable to hold. A Snapdragon 855 processor pairs with 12GB of RAM and either 256GB or 512GB of storage. You can kick storage up to 1TB with a microSD card to hold even more photos, videos or games. The studio-quality cameras can grab extra-wide or landscape shots with ease and with a 4,300 mAh battery, there is plenty of time to review your photos. S Pen availability makes the Note 10 even more functional for notes, drawing, writing and more.
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
OnePlus doesn’t have the name recognition of Samsung, but this phone is a first-adopter favorite. The lone 5G device priced under $1,000, you don’t want for features even with its “budget” price. The 6.67-inch AMOLED display offers a terrific 90Hz refresh rate. That’s excellent news for gamers and for incredibly smooth scrolling.
The triple-lens camera on the rear of the device pairs with a very cool pop-up selfie camera that enables the front of the device to be almost all screen. Like its Samsung competition, it’s powered by the same top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 chip for outstanding day-to-day performance. The 4,000 mAh battery is a little smaller than Samsung offerings, but it should be enough to get you through the day with average use.
LG V50 ThinQ 5G
LG is not about to be left out of the 5G party, so it introduced the LG V50 ThinQ 5G smartphone. Featuring the same Snapdragon 855 processor, performance is equal to that of the rest of the 5G competition. A 4,000 mAh battery pairs well with LG’s software tweaks for all-day performance. Add LG’s AI engine, and you’ll have access to automatically change color levels to protect against eye fatigue.
The 6.4-inch QHD+ screen offers beautifully-sharp colors and just looks great under any lighting conditions. Three rear cameras include a wide-angle and telephoto lens, while two front-facing cameras are ideal for selfies under all optimal lighting conditions. Other welcome additions are the inclusion of a headphone port, wireless charging and water resistance. Military-grade drop protection won’t protect against all drops, but it should add a little extra piece of mind for the price.
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
Right off the bat, the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is a device worth owning, thanks to its massive 7.2-inch full HD OLED display. The display size makes it just large enough to be the perfect combination of a mobile phone and small tablet. That’s good news for gamers and movie bingers.
Keeping that display going all day long is a 4,200 mAh battery, which is just enough to go from morning to night without recharging. Powered by the Kirin 980 processor and 8GB of RAM, the phone will fly through day-to-day use without ever slowing down. The rear camera is a whopping 40-megapixel RGB lens alongside an 8-megapixel telephoto camera and 20-megapixel ultra-wide lens. Landscape photos, groupies and macro shots are going to look great on the Huawei.
All things considered, these devices are just scratching the surface of what is to come in the 5G smartphone space. Apple has yet to discuss plans, leaving plenty of open questions about when they will introduce their first 5G smartphone. In the interim, anyone looking for 5G smartphone bragging rights has some excellent choices to consider. However, if you can wait a little longer into 2020, it is a sure thing the selections will increase.