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Which Android phones support 5G

The introduction of 5G in various countries within the next few years is inevitable. The new 5G network would be a giant leap in technology and network speeds since it would open up a world of new possibilities. You might even be able to play console-quality games on your smartphone on a stream without any lag whatsoever.

We would see carriers rolling out the 5G network benefits to the public within the next 2 years as widespread public testing should begin sometime next year in various countries around the world. With the new network speeds of the 5G network, the current 4G network would seem like ancient technology.

While the 5G network would help several other devices become smarter and have many more features, most of us would likely experience the 5G network capabilities on our smartphones before any other device. So if you’re planning on upgrading your smartphone right now, you might want to wait for the wave of 5G supported devices which should be launching next year.

To add to the excitement, Qualcomm introduced its Snapdragon 855 chipset which is capable of supporting 5G networks. So let’s take a look at the upcoming 5G-ready Android smartphones.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G (3)

Samsung introduced its 10th-anniversary edition Galaxy S10 lineup at the MWC 2019, which includes a 5G variant. The Galaxy S10 5G is mostly the same as the S10+, but bumps up a few specs while at the same time losing the battle in other areas. For instance, the screen is bigger at 6.7-inches, there is a fourth 3D ToF lens on the main camera, the battery is bigger at 4500mAh, and you also get faster 25W wired charging.

On the downside, the Galaxy S10 5G loses out on the memory battle, where it maxes out at 8GB RAM whereas the S10+ goes all the way to 12GB RAM and a whopping 1TB storage, twice the maximum storage available on the 5G model. Even more disappointing is that there is no microSD card slot on the S10 5G, which is quite unusual from Samsung.

Specs
  • 6.7-inch 19:9 QHD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • Snapdragon X50 5G modem
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB or 512GB of non-expandable storage
  • Quad-lens main camera: 12MP (OIS, Dual Pixel AF, 4K video recording, f/1.5-f/2.4 variable aperture) + 16MP (ultra-wide angle, 123 degrees, f/2.2 aperture) + 3D ToF depth sensor
  • Dual-lens front camera: 10MP (f/1.9 aperture, Dual Pixel AF) + 3D ToF depth sensor
  • 4500mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie with One UI
  • Extras: 5G capable, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, 25W fast wired charging, Fast wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, Wi-Fi 6, IP68 dust and water resistance, AR Emoji, in-display fingerprint scanner, face recognition, heart rate sensor, etc.

The Galaxy S10 5G is available in the U.S. through Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint, although those on the latter two will have to wait until June 17 and June 21 to get their hands on the device, respectively.

The base model of 8/256GB goes for $1,300 while the 8/512GB goes for $1,400. The phone is also available for financing, so the hefty price tags shouldn’t scare you.

LG V50 ThinQ

The first from LG to support 5G, the LG V50 ThinQ picks up from where the V40 ThinQ left off by packing in top-notch hardware specs, a five-lens camera setup, a much bigger battery to match the big boys from Samsung, an equally huge display screen, and all the bells and whistles of any LG flagship phone from the recent past, among them IP68, MIL-STD 810G, Boombox, 3.5mm audio jack, wireless charging, microSD slot, etc.

Specs
  • 6.4-inch 19.5:9 QHD+ (3120×1440) POLED FullVision display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • Snapdragon X50 5G modem
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB expandable storage, up to 2TB
  • Tri-lens main camera: 16MP (super-wide lens of 107°, f/1.9 aperture) + 12MP (standard lens of 78°, f/1.5 aperture) + 12MP (telephoto lens of 45°, f/2.4 aperture)
  • Dual-lens front camera: 8MP (standard lens of 80°, f/1.9 aperture) + 5MP (wide lens of 90°, f/2.2 aperture)
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie
  • Extras: 5G connectivity, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, Quad DAC, Stereo Boombox, Quick Charge 3.0, 10W wireless charging, IP68, MIL-STD 810G, face unlock, Rear-mounted FPS, NFC, etc.

The LG V50 ThinQ is available in the U.S. through Sprint priced at $1,152 outright, but you can also pay it in installments. The V50 is also expected to arrive on Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T later in the year. We don’t expect a different price when the phone arrives on these carriers.

ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G phone

ZTE was at the Mobile World Congress 2019 to unveil its first 5G smartphone dubbed ZTE Axon 10 Pro. At the time, the company didn’t reveal many details about the Axon 10 Pro 5G since it wouldn’t be available until later in Q2 2019, which is here now.

The Axon 10 Pro 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and Snapdragon X50 5G modem which will be seen in almost all major 5G flagship devices this year and as the name suggests, supports 5G network connectivity.

The Axon 10 Pro 5G also comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor and ZTE claims it features an artificial intelligence performance engine which would automatically adjust the CPU, GPU, RAM, and ROM assignment depending on the situation and need.

Specs
  • 6.47-inch 19.5:9 FHD+ (1080x 2340) AMOLED screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 modem
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB expandable storage, up to 512GB
  • Tri-lens main camera: 48MP (f/1.8, OIS, PDAF) + 20MP (ultrawide) + 8MP (telephoto, PDAF, OIS)
  • 20MP selfie camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, In-display fingerprint scanner, 18W fast battery charging (Quick Charge 4+), Qi wireless charging, NFC, Dolby Atmos sound, NFC, IP68 dust and waterproof, HDR10, etc.

It’s not known exactly if and when the Axon 10 Pro 5G will be sold in the U.S., but if it does, we don’t expect prices similar to the Galaxy S10 5G or even the LG V50 ThinQ. As for those in Europe, the device will arrive priced at €900, which leaves the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G as the most affordable 5G smartphone to date.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G is no surprise since it was confirmed in October 2018. The device is set to be released in the UK and Europe in May 2019 priced at €599, making it the most affordable 5G-ready device yet.

The Mi Mix 3 is already quite an amazing device with its magnetic sliding display to house the front cameras. Sadly, the device isn’t widely available, meaning Americans will miss out, but as already pointed out, the 5G Mi MIX 3 will be available in the UK and Europe when launched.

  • 6.39-inch 19.5:9 FHD+ (1080×2340) Super AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 modem
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB non-expandable storage
  • Dual 12MP (wide-angle lens, f/1.8, Dual Pixel PDAF, 4-axis OIS) + 12MP (telephoto) main camera
  • Dual 24MP + 2MP front camera
  • 3800mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10
  • Extras: 5G connectivity, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, Rear-mounted FPS, NFC, Quick Charge 4+, 10W wireless charging, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, HDR, etc.

Huawei Mate X

Huawei-Mate-XAt the MWC 2019 event, the Huawei took to the stage to launch the Mate X. Besides being the company’s first foldable phone, the Huawei Mate X also happens to be the first from the Chinese vendor to support 5G network. When folded, the Mate X turns into a dual-screen handset with a 6.6-inch 19.5:9 panel that boasts a resolution of 2480 x 1148 pixels and another 6.38-inch 25:9 panel with a resolution of 2480 x 892 pixels.

When unfolded, the Mate X becomes a single 8-inch OLED screen with no notch or cutout and wraps around the device from the outside. The use of a Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge is what ensures that the folded parts of the Mate X do not leave a significant gap in between.

Specs
  • Unfolded: 8-inch 8:7 AMOLED foldable display (2480 x 2200, 414ppi)
  • Folded: Dual-screen 6.6-inch 19.5:9 AMOLED display (2480 x 1148) + 6.38-inch 25:9 AMOLED display (2480×982)
  • Kirin 980 processor
  • Balong 5000 5G modem
  • 8GB RAM
  • 512GB expandable storage, up to 256GB
  • Tri-lens main camera: 40MP (wide-angle) + 16MP (ultra-wide) + 8MP (telephoto)
  • 4500mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.1.1
  • Extras: 5G connectivity (1GB movie in 3 seconds), 55W Huawei SuperCharge (85% in 30 minutes), NPU, NFC, Fingerprint in power button, USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, etc.

There is more about the Mate X via the link below, but do know that it won’t be available until mid-2019 priced at €2,299.

Related: Huawei Mate X 5G: All you need to know

Motorola Moto Z4 and Moto Z3

The Motorola Moto Z4 and Moto Z3 are your cheapest entry into the 5G world. Both phones are available at $500 and below, but getting them to connect to 5G requires a 5G Moto Mod to be slapped on the back of the handsets. Unfortunately, you’ll have to be on Verizon Wireless in order to enjoy 5G on either Motorola smartphone.

Specs

Moto Z4

  • 6.39-inch 19:9 FHD+ (2340×1080) OLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB expandable storage, up to 512GB
  • 48MP f/1.7 main camera (12MP output using Quad Pixel)
  • 25MP f/2.0 front camera
  • 3600mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, 15W Turbo Charging, P2i splash-proof nano-coating, NFC, In-display fingerprint scanner, Moto Mods support, Nano SIM, etc.

Moto Z3

  • 6.01-inch 18:9 FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB expandable storage
  • Dual 12 + 12MP main camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, NFC, Face unlock, side-mounted scanner, fast charging, water-repellant coating, Moto Display, Voice, Actions, etc.

As noted, both phones will have to be used on Verizon Wireless in order to access 5G network. Both phones can be had for $240 albeit with a few conditions. For the Moto Z4, you need to activate it on a new line, otherwise, you pay the $500 RRP. As for the Z3, you’ll have to get it on a 24-month contract, otherwise, you part with the $480 RRP.

It’s also worth noting that the 5G Moto Mod is sold separately priced at $350, but Verizon has discounted it to just $50.

Lenovo Z6 Pro

Lenovo Z6 Pro 5G

Lenovo, the current owner of the Motorola brand, has a new 5G phone lining up. Dubbed Lenovo Z6 Pro, the phone has been teased by the company with a focus on the ability to playback and record Hyper Video content. Without any reasonable explanation, Lenovo says that the transition to  “hyper video” phones with speeds of up to 10Gbps and more is what embodies the 5G era.

It is alleged that the Lenovo Z6 Pro will also focus heavily on photography, with talks of a camera of up to 100MP in the works. Apparently, the phone will be ready in June 2019, but this is likely to be limited to the Chinese market, at least for a start.

You can watch the launch video right below.

OnePlus 7 Pro 5G

Leaked OnePlus 7 Pro in Nebula Blue

When OnePlus said it will launch a 5G device in 2019, it had widely been anticipated that the OnePlus 7 will be this device, however, it turns out we are looking at a different but still related device here.

Dubbed OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, this will be one of the first phones to support the new 5G network and will be launching with the Snapdragon 855 on board paired with 12GB RAM. OnePlus made a few bold claims that they would be one of the first companies to launch a 5G ready smartphone and it’s increasingly looking likely, however, the phone will reportedly not be sold in the U.S.

Here are the rumored specs:

  • 6.7-inch 19.5:9 QHD+ (3140×1440) Super AMOLED display, 90Hz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 modem
  • 6GB or 8GB or 12GB RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB storage
  • Tri-lens main camera: 48MP (f/1.6, OIS, EIS)+ 16MP (f/2.2, 117° ultra-wide) + 8MP (f/2.4, 3x zoom)
  • 16MP (f/2.0) pop-up selfie camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • OxygenOS on top of Android Pie
  • Extras: 5G network, Bluetooth 5.0, In-display fingerprint scanner, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, 30W Warp charge, dual stereo speakers, etc.

The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G phone will be unveiled mid-May alongside the standard OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro variants.

RelatedOnePlus 7 Pro 5G won’t be released in the U.S. this year

Oppo flagship 2019

While we aren’t sure which Oppo flagship device would be 5G ready later in the year, we are sure that the company would be launching a 5G ready smartphone at some point. The Chinese manufacturer has in fact already tested the 5G network on a modified Oppo R15 flagship device.

Oppo has also finalized a deal with Qualcomm to use their components and tech in their devices. This means we would see an Oppo flagship with the Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon X50/X55 5G modem.

Honor flagship 2019

Honor’s president Honor George Zhao himself revealed the company would be launching their first 5G ready smartphone early 2019. What’s even more exciting is the fact Zhao went a step further and claimed that Honor would indeed have the very first smartphone with 5G support in the market.

This is a bold statement since the Galaxy S10 5G is expected in Q2 2019 hence, we’re skeptical if any of Honor’s 2019 flagships would be the first’ to have 5G support unless the company has something up its sleeves we don’t know anything about.

Sony Xperia XZ4

Sony’s flagship devices seem to be forgotten about soon after the launch. Not to say that the devices are bad or so, but Sony fails to make their devices stand out from the crowd. Nevertheless, Sony would definitely be launching a 5G ready device sometime next year and it could be the XZ4 or XZ4 Premium.

The device might also come with the best battery backup of all smartphones in 2019 as a post from Xperia hardware engineer Daisuke Haruki and Xperia software engineer Hidenari Shinoto suggests that the company is working on creating a device with the lowest power consumption.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Samsung has already been a leading participant in the race of launching 5G devices with its Galaxy S10 5G variant. Another Galaxy flagship phone which will prospectively join the company’s 5G clan is the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. If compared, the Note 10 Plus shares a lot of similarity with the S10 5G handset.

It is expected to get a 5G variant but we can speculate that it may come out as Samsung’s first flagship phone to use 5G modem as default. Coming to its features, the Note 10 Plus will come with a 6.8-inch AMOLED Display with a pixel density of 498PPI, a whopping 8GB RAM and 128GB of primary memory. Adding to its charm could be its three or four-lens camera with 12MP loaded with f/1.5, f/1.8, or f/2.4 aperture choices and an impressive 4,500mAh unit battery.

Galaxy A90

Another Samsung 5G variant that is expected to be released in a couple of months is the Galaxy A90. The release is speculated to be anytime from the end of August to the mid of September.

Being a 5G successor, the Galaxy A90 is expected to be a powerful smartphone with a rumored 6.70-inch FHD+ display featuring 1080×2240 pixels resolution, 6GB RAM, a Snapdragon 855 processor, 4,580mAh battery and a powerful 48+8+5 MP primary camera. Primarily, the Galaxy A90 will unbox with Android Pie and soon get the Android Q update after its rollout.


Are you planning to buy a 5G Android phone? If yes, which one do you have your heart set on?

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