Although it won't replace 4G completely, 5G is the next generation of cell phone connectivity. Deployment of 5G began late in 2019 when Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint began to offer fifth-generation wireless technology to their customers. All the major tech firms are offering 5G phones this year, including Samsung, Xiaomi, Motorola, and Huawei. At the moment, Apple hasn't made its plans clear. There's a chance the iPhone 12 will launch in the final quarter of 2020, but Apple fans may have to wait until 2021 to get a 5G enables iPhone.
Galaxy S10 5G
Samsung is offering four phones in 2020 that will use the 5G network. It won't surprise you to read that the Galaxy S10 5G is very similar to the Galaxy S10. You get a 6.7-inch display, four rear cameras, and wireless charging. This device has been on sale since the middle of 2019 when it launched on the Verizon 5G network, but you can buy it on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
Chinese firm Xiaomi has done the same as Samsung. They've taken their Mi Mix 3 and adapted it as a 5G device. You get a Snapdragon 845 processor, which is among the best on offer at this time, along with a 6.39-inch AMOLED display through which you can view images taken on the phone's dual 12-megapixel rear cameras. It's not water-resistant though, and its front-facing camera doesn't have secure 3D unlocking. Most Americans won't get to use this phone anyway as it's not officially available in the US, although anyone who does will be able to use it through GSM carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T.
Galaxy Note 10 Plus
You'll need $1,300 to buy the Galaxy Note 10 Plus from Verizon. That makes it among the most expensive phones on the market today. The all-day battery life and the 6.8-inch screen make this a great phone for work. It also comes with excellent camera tools, so it can rival the likes of Huawei P30 Pro and Google Pixel 3 which are known for taking high-quality images. The depth-sensing camera is disappointing, but the price is the main problem with this one.
The Galaxy Fold has only been on sale for a few months, but it's already a very popular phone. Over one million units were sold in the first three months. It's easy to see why so many people want this device. It comes with a 4.6-inch display that acts as the cover for the phone. When you open it up, the 7.3-inch screen makes the phone into a tablet. There are six cameras in all, including a triple-camera set up on the back, one front-facing camera, and when you open up the device into a tablet, there's a selfie camera an 8-megapixel depth camera. You won't be able to buy this one in the US at this time. Samsung hasn't given any specific reason why it's not on sale in the US, so there's hope that it'll be available on AT&T as the 4G version is.
Apple iPhone 12
The iPhone 11 hasn't made much of an impact. In terms of new tech, it just updated stuff rather than showcasing new technology, so Apple has a lot of work to do when the iPhone 12 comes out. So far, they've not made anyone aware of what to expect from the new phone. They haven't even announced the official launch date. They often launch new devices in September, so there's hope that this one will be available in the third quarter of 2020.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
4G won't go away. At the moment, 3G remains in place to boost the signal. 4G will do the same so there's no need to rush to buy a 5G phone.
- 4G tops out at a 100 megabits per second (Mbps). 5G will run at 10 gigabits per second (Gbps).
- You'll be able to download a HD movie 85% faster with 5G than 4G.
- When downloading a 10,000-song library, you'll save 10 hours.
What Do They Say on Other Sites
“So far a truly awesome phone, the only down side I've found so far is the fingerprint sensor is quite hit and miss and takes a lot of faffing about. Much easier to use the facial recognition.” (James reviewing Samsung Galaxy S10 5G on Amazon)
“I use it as a phone, tablet and Kindle all in one. It is single-SIM. The crease is visible in the same way as a gentle fold in a sheet of paper. Doesn't affect watching videos, writing a review or any app." (Trish reviewing Samsung Fold 5G on Amazon)
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