5G phones: these are the first next-gen mobile phones

It could be said that 5G is no longer a ‘new’ thing, as 5G networks are slowly starting to roll out across much of the world, but there still aren’t a huge number of 5G phones.

It won’t take long for 5G smartphones to take over though, as throughout 2019 we saw a growing number of 5G handsets arrive. Some even popped up at the start of 2020, and with companies like Xiaomi claiming it will launch at least 10 5G phones this year they could soon become the norm.

To help you keep up, we’ve listed all the various confirmed and rumored 5G phones that have launched or that we’re expecting to see over the coming months and years.

You’ll find everything we know about these phones below, including when and where they’re likely to launch if they haven’t already, and we’ll be constantly updating our 5G phones list with all the latest information.

Confirmed 5G phones

The following are all the 5G phones that are confirmed – either they’re out now, or they will be very soon, and we’ve seen the handset.

Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20 Plus / S20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Ultra and S20 Plus (L to R)

Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphones for 2020, the S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra, are all 5G phones – well, depending where you live 4G versions of the former two phones may be on sale too.

These new phones have impressive camera capabilities, top-end Samsung displays, and pretty decent battery capacities – if the Galaxy S10 series is anything to go by, these phones could end up topping our list of the best phones of the year.

As of writing, though, the phones haven’t been released, so we’ll have to test them to be sure.

Xiaomi Mi 10 / Mi 10 Pro

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

The Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, the company’s flagship devices of the year, both come with 5G versions, and at the moment it doesn’t seem like there will be 4G options available.

The phones come with top-end displays and processors, and each has a 108MP camera sensor for the main snapper so you’ll be taking incredible pictures. Thanks to 5G, you can back these images (which will have big file sizes) up to the cloud as soon as you take them, too.

The Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro have only been announced for China so far, but we’d expect a global rollout by March 2020.

ZTE Axon 10S Pro

ZTE Axon 10S Pro

Just before the Samsung Galaxy S20 series was announced, the ZTE Axon 10S Pro snuck out the door to become the first smartphone with a Snapdragon 865 chipset, and that’s important because this processor has an adjacent 5G modem meaning phones with it can be 5G devices.

It’s generally a bit of a mid-range phone for its specs, with a 48MP main camera, 4,000mAh battery and 6.47-inch AMOLED screen, but if you’re looking for a 5G phone that won’t break the bank, and is future-proof for a good few years, this is definitely a viable option.

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Samsung’s first 5G handset was the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.

As well as 5G connectivity, the phone has a 6.7-inch QHD+ screen, a 4,500mAh battery, a high-end chipset, 8GB of RAM, and four rear cameras, consisting of a 16MP ultra-wide lens, a 12MP variable aperture lens, a 12MP telephoto lens and a 3D depth-sensing camera.

The Galaxy S10 5G also has a dual-lens front-facing camera (cut into the screen, so there’s no notch and minimal bezel), and 256GB of storage.

The phone is out now in some regions, including the US and the UK. It costs $1,299/£1,099 for the 256GB version and $1,399 for the 512GB version. On contract in the UK you can get it from Vodafone, EE Or O2.

Note however that the Samsung Galaxy S11 is likely to land in February 2020, and there’s a very good chance that will offer 5G, so if you’re considering the S10 5G it might be worth waiting.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G / Note 10 Plus 5G

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G

At the end of 2019 Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G and Note 10 Plus 5G, which are two 5G versions of the brand’s Galaxy Note range for the year.

5G aside these are the same as the standard Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus, meaning you get a great AMOLED Samsung screen, three or four rear cameras, a top-end Exynos 9825 or Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, 12GB of RAM, and Samsung’s S Pen stylus, to make the most of all that space.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G

Samsung Galaxy Fold

5G phones are rarely cheap, but the Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G is one of the very most expensive 5G options, because you’re not just paying for the 5G, but also for the fact that it folds.

It has a 7.3-inch 1536 x 2152 main screen, a 4.6-inch 720 x 1680 secondary screen, a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and six cameras in total, so Samsung certainly hasn’t skimped on the specs.

It’s worth noting that while you can buy the Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G in the UK, only the 4G version is available in the US.

OnePlus 7 Pro 5G

OnePlus 7 Pro 5G

When OnePlus launched the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, it also announced a 5G version of the latter phone, which is exactly the same in all regards (except that it can connect to 5G networks as well as 4G).

That means the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G has a curved all-screen AMOLED display, novel pop-up selfie camera, Snapdragon 855 chipset, and 90Hz screen refresh rate. It will set you back quite a bit too – though no more than many 4G flagships.

OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition

The OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition is the most premium OnePlus phone you can buy at the time of writing – and depending on where you are you might not be able to buy it, as it’s only available on T-Mobile in the US, and only the 4G version is available in the UK.

5G aside this is basically a OnePlus 7T Pro with a McLaren-themed design. It has a 6.67-inch 1440 x 3120 curved screen, a pop-up selfie camera, a triple-lens rear camera, a high-end Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Despite the high-end specs and luxury car branding, this is one of the more affordable 5G phones at the time of writing, but still rivals most 4G flagships for price.

Moto Z3 / Moto Z4

Moto Z3

Moto Z3

Motorola was the first in the world to sell a 5G phone. Well, sort of anyway, as what it actually sold was the Moto Z3 (a 4G handset from 2018) paired with a 5G Moto Mod, which adds 5G connectivity to the phone. The Moto Z4 is its successor for 2019, and also supports Moto Mods including the 5G mod.

At the time of writing this is only available in the US and only on Verizon, so it’s limited, but technically available.

The Moto Z3 or Z4 and Moto Mod combined actually undercut most other 5G handsets when they were launched, though of course the phone itself is also more dated. The initial 5G service available on the phone is a mixed bag too – here was our first hands on with a 5G phone.

Huawei Mate X

Huawei Mate X

Huawei announced the Huawei Mate X at MWC 2019 – a phone that not only supports 5G, but also folds.

It essentially has three screens, with one big 8-inch OLED display that can be folded in half, leaving you with a smaller screen on each side of the handset, one of which is 6.6 inches and the other 6.4.

The phone also has a triple-lens camera, a 4,500mAh battery with fast charging, a high-end Kirin 980 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. All in all the Huawei Mate X could be the most exciting of the early 5G phones, but it also might be the most expensive, as it’s set to cost €2,299 (around $2,600 / £2,000 / AU$4,770) when it lands.

We don’t know exactly when we’re going to be able to get our hands on the device as Huawei has postponed its release date, so stay tuned.

Huawei Mate 20 X 5G

Huawei Mate 20 X 5G

Ahead of the Huawei Mate X, Huawei has released a more ‘traditional’ 5G handset in the form of the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G which is, as the name suggests, a new version of the Huawei Mate 20 X.

That means it’s a phone with a huge 7.2-inch screen and triple-lens camera setup, however it’s set to have a smaller battery capacity at 4,200mAh. That’s still a large power pack, but it doesn’t compare to the 4G phone’s 5,000mAh.

This was expected to release alongside 5G networks in the UK, but Huawei’s Android problems saw it delayed, as many UK networks dropped the company’s phones from their 5G launch rosters. However, it is now available on a number of UK networks.

Huawei Mate 30 5G / Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G

Huawei has launched 5G versions of both the Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro. These are the company’s latest phablet flagships at the time of writing and like most newer Huawei devices they’re not easy to get hold of in much of the world.

They haven’t been officially released in the UK, US or Australia due to Huawei’s ongoing issues with the US, which have prevented it from offering Google services on the devices, meaning – among other things – no access to the wealth of apps on the Google Play Store.

As such, while you may be able to import one of these phones, you might want to think twice about doing so.

But those issues aside they’re impressive handsets, especially the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G, which has a 6.53-inch 1176 x 2400 screen, a high-end Kirin 990 chipset, four rear cameras, a big 4,500mAh battery and a striking truly edge-to-edge display.

The standard Mate 30 5G has a more conventional design and three rear cameras, but a larger 6.62-inch 1080 x 2340 screen, and the same chipset.

Honor View 30 / Honor View 30 Pro

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor is also getting in on the 5G act with 5G versions of the Honor View 30 and Honor View 30 Pro.

As with the Huawei Mate 30 range, these phones aren’t widely available in the west, which is a shame, because they’d be likely to undercut most 5G phones while still offering decent specs.

The two phones both have a 6.57-inch 1080 x 2400 screen, a triple-lens rear camera, a dual-lens punch-hole camera on the front, and a speedy Kirin 990 chipset, with the Honor View 30 Pro earning its name through more RAM (8GB) and a more premium assortment of cameras.

LG V50 ThinQ

LG V50 ThinQ

LG is another company that has announced a 5G handset, namely the LG V50 ThinQ 5G. Launched at MWC 2019, this phone has a 6.4-inch 1440 x 3120 AMOLED screen, a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and a triple-lens rear camera, with a 12MP standard lens, a 12MP telephoto one and a 16MP ultra-wide one.

There’s also both an 8MP standard lens and a 5MP wide-angle one on the front of the phone.

The LG V50 ThinQ also has a 4,000mAh battery, and it should be built to last, as it’s both IP68-certified (for dust and water-resistance) and sports military-grade drop protection. There’s also an optional second screen attachment in the form of the LG DualScreen.

The 5G phone can be bought in certain countries now, including the US, where at the time of writing it can be grabbed for $999 outright or picked up on contract; the UK, where it can be ordered on EE; and Australia where it costs AU$1,729 outright or can be had on contract with Telstra.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 was launched a while ago, and while the standard version doesn’t support 5G, a 5G model has now been launched too.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G has a Snapdragon 855 chipset, a 6.39-inch 1080 x 2340 AMOLED screen, 256GB of storage, a dual-lens 12MP rear camera and a dual-lens front camera which slides out of the top of the phone, so there’s no need for big bezels or a notch.

A big highlight though could be the price, as it undercut most of the first wave of 5G handsets. It’s currently available from Vodafone in the UK, starting at £52 per month at the time of writing, while Three has it from £49. In Australia you can buy it outright for AU$1,399.

Oppo Reno 5G

Oppo Reno 5G

On April 24, 2019 Oppo announced the Oppo Reno 5G, a phone which as well as 5G has a triple-lens camera, including a 10x lossless zoom lens, a 48MP lens, and an 8MP ultra-wide lens.

It also has a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, a 4,065mAh battery, a 6.6-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen, a pop-up selfie camera, and an in-screen fingerprint scanner. It’s available on EE and O2 on contract in the UK, or you can get it for £969 outright.

The Oppo Reno 5G has also arrived in Australia for AU$1,499 outright, or you can you get it on contract through Telstra.

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

After launching at IFA 2019, the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G is the company’s most affordable 5G phone and therefore one of the lowest price devices on the market.

The Samsung Galaxy A90 has a lot in common with other Galaxy A phones, with mid-range specs and features, and it’s for people who want 5G but don’t need a super-powered smartphone.

It’s not exactly lacking though, as it still has a 6.7-inch 1080 x 2400 screen, a triple-lens rear camera, a 4,500mAh battery, and a high-end chipset.

ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G

ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G

ZTE used MWC 2019 to announce a 5G phone, specifically the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G.

Set to supposedly land in Europe at some point, this phone has already launched in China and has a Snapdragon 855 chipset, an in-screen fingerprint scanner, and a trio of rear cameras, namely a 48MP standard lens, a 20MP wide-angle lens and an 8MP telephoto lens.

There’s also a 20MP front camera, a 6.47-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with a notch, 6GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery and 128GB of storage. Pricing and exact availability is still to be confirmed.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro

Xiaomi’s second 5G phone was the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro, a phone with a 6.39-inch 1080 x 2340 screen, a Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, a triple-lens rear camera, a 4,000mAh battery, and between 8GB and 12GB of RAM.

High-end specs then, if nothing remarkable. Being a Xiaomi phone though it undercuts most 5G handsets. However, it’s unlikely to be released in the US and isn’t currently available in the UK either – though it is readily available to import.

Vivo iQOO Pro 5G

Vivo is another brand to have launched a 5G phone, namely the Vivo iQOO Pro 5G, though notably this isn’t currently available in much of the world, despite being announced back in August 2019.

As well as 5G it has a 6.41-inch 1080 x 2340 screen, a Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, a triple-lens rear camera, and a 4,500mAh battery.

As with phones from Xiaomi this should undercut most big-name handsets, but it’s also harder to get hold of.

TCL 10 5G

Teased at the start of 2020 at CES, the TCL 10 5G isn’t officially set to launch (and therefore we’ll learn all the main details then) until Mobile World Congress 2020 in February.

The company has confirmed that the phone will cost under $500 in the US, and this should make it the cheapest 5G phone available in the country. That should be the case, unless any other manufacturers get to shop shelves first.

Rumored 5G phones

These are all the 5G handsets we’ve heard about, but not seen yet. That includes phones from companies who have confirmed they’re working on a 5G phone, but we don’t know what it is yet.

iPhone 12

iPhone 11

Apple will of course eventually launch a 5G phone, but it’s not going to be one of the first companies to do so.

As of December 2019, the latest news on that front is that Apple might launch four iPhone 12 models in 2020, all of which will support 5G (or at least come in 5G versions) according to rumors.

We also know that Apple is almost certainly using Qualcomm for 5G modems. Apparently it was using Intel, but the company has abandoned plans for 5G modems after reportedly missing deadlines.

While we might be waiting a while, the good news is that whenever Apple launches its 5G iPhone it’s likely to be globally available, since iPhones are sold in most countries.

Black Shark

Black Shark

As well as various Xiaomi Mi handsets, it looks like Xiaomi will launch a 5G phone under its Black Shark banner according to Black Shark’s VP. This seemingly won’t be the Black Shark 3 though, as it will apparently land before that phone, so it might be a 5G version of the Black Shark 2, but that’s not yet confirmed.


Sony Xperia 10

Sony has confirmed that it will make a 5G phone, but only when the tech more widely rolls out. The company hasn’t got more specific than that yet, though we’re hoping the Sony Xperia 2 is a 5G phone.

However, there are rumors that it could be a foldable phone called the Sony Xperia F. This would apparently have a 21:9 screen and a clamshell design.



We know that Nokia is planning to launch a 5G phone in 2020 and that it’s set to be affordable, but we don’t know anything else about the handset. Or not for certain anyway, but rumors suggest it could land as the Nokia 8.2, and that it might use the mid-range Snapdragon 735 chipset.

Other people think it could be the Nokia 10, or whatever the brand’s next flagship ends up getting called, that could have a Snapdragon 865 chipset and therefore be 5G compatible.

Royole FlexPai

Royole FlexPai

The foldable Royole FlexPai launched globally during CES 2019 at the start of 2019, and while it’s not 5G enabled right now, a software update will supposedly be landing at some point to add the functionality.

You can buy the FlexPai now, however it’s expensive and we found during our hands on time with the phone that the software needs some serious polish before we’d be able to think about recommending it as a viable everyday device.

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