4G is fast but 5G is 20 times faster, according to experts. According to Statista, the top 5 5G enabled countries are China, the USA, South Korea, UK, and Spain. 300+ cities of China are 5G ready. The US is not far behind. In the US, over 270 cities have 5G networks. The average 5G download speed in the USA is around 28 Mbps. In Korea, 5G speed can reach up to 300 Mbps.
India, the world’s 2 most populous country hasn’t held a 5G spectrum auction yet but leading operators i.e. Airtel and Reliance have started their 5G trials in some cities. To be honest, telecom companies won’t take a long time to launch 5G service as many operators are conducting trials. For example, in India, Reliance is working on its own 5G platform. The telecom operator will launch its 5G service in India this year, according to Firstpost.
A phone should have a 5G modem to connect to 5G networks. If your phone lacks it, no matter how expensive your phone is, you can only use 5G on it. Some of the companies that have introduced the 5G modems are Samsung, Qualcomm, Huawei, etc.
Best 5G phones and should you buy them?
A handful of companies have launched 5G phones. Should you buy a 5G phone right now or wait for some time?
It depends. You can buy a 5G phone if:
You’re traveling: If you’re a traveler and you’ll soon be moving to a country where 5G services have been rolled out, you can purchase a 5G phone to enjoy the latest generation broadband cellular network.
Your phone is dead: If your phone has been damaged and is irreparable, you have no option other than to purchase a new phone. When it comes to buying a new smartphone, you have 4 options – 2G, 3G, 4G, or 5G. If you buy a 5G mobile, your new handset will not only support 5G connectivity but will also let you connect your handset to 4G, 3G, or 2G networks.
You have an old phone: If you have a 3G or 2G phone, this is the best time to upgrade to a 5G device.
You watch 4K/8K videos or want to download files faster: If you watch 4k or 8k videos or want to download files quickly on a phone or tablet, then you should consider purchasing a 5G smartphone.
Want to flaunt your wealth: If you have a lot of money, you can purchase a 5G phone and show it off to people. If you want to save money, you should wait for some time.
The following companies have launched a 5G smartphone in the US, China, India, and other countries:
- Oppo, OnePlus, IQOO.
- Samsung, Motorola, Red Magic.
- LG, Nokia, and Xiaomi.
The phones launched by these manufacturers cost above $250. None of these companies have introduced budget 5G mobiles in any part of the world yet. Here’ the list of the best 5G phones you can buy right now:
Best 5G smartphones
LG Velvet has a 5G modem, Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, 4300 mAH battery and it comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM. It features an edge-to-edge 6.8-inch OLED screen with 2460 x 1080 pixel resolution and triple rear cameras with 48MP, 160, 5MP sensors. LG Velvet also has a 16MP front camera and it runs on Android 10 OS. It is priced under 300 dollars.
The Nokia 8.3 mobile has a Snapdragon 765G processor, 8GB RAM, and a 6.81-inch display powered by the PureDisplay technology. It contains a 4500 mAh battery and includes 128GB storage memory. Nokia 8.3 has 4 back cameras – 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP with dual-LED flash, and OIS feature. It also has a 12MP selfie camera.
Samsung Galaxy A71
For around $600, you can buy one of these 3 Samsung 5G phones – Galaxy A71 and, S20, and A42. Galaxy A71 is the best mobile device among the three. It has a 6.71-inch Infinity AMOLED display with 2400 x 1800 pixel resolution, 4 rear cameras – 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP and 128GB storage memory. A71 contains a 4500 mAh battery, 32MP selfie camera, 765G Qualcomm processor, Adreno 620 GPU, and 6GB RAM.
Motorola One 5G Ace
One 5G Ace by Motorola is one of the highest-rated 5G phones. It is 70 dollars cheaper than Nokia 8.3 and offers great features including a free upgrade to Android 11.0 OS. This Motorola phone has 6GB LPDDR4 RAM and a 6.7-inch full HD max vision display. It features a 5000 mAh battery and has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor and an Adreno 619 GPU. One Ace ships with 48MP + 12MP back camera and a 16MP + 4MP front camera and 128GB storage memory.
OnePlus Nord N10
Nord N10 is yet another great 5G phone under 300 dollars you can buy. It has 4 back cameras – 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP and a fast 90 hertz 6.4-inch fluid AMOLED display with 2400 x 1800 pixel resolution. N10 contains 128GB storage memory, Snapdragon 765G processor, and 6GB RAM. It has a 16MP selfie camera.
Xiaomi Mi 10T
Xiaomi Mi 10T is a 5G phone under 400 dollars with a better processor than Nord N10, One 5G Ace, A71, and Velvet. It contains a Snapdragon 865 processor, Adreno 650 GPU and features 64MP + 13MP + 5MP back cameras. It has a 20MP selfie camera, 6GB RAM, and 128GB ROM. Mi 10T has a 5000 mAh battery.
Should you buy a 5G phone right now?
As you can see above, most of the 5G phones we’ve covered above are mid-range phones. For those who aren’t aware, a mid-range phone is a phone that costs between $200 to $300. If you can’t afford the best 5G phones right now, you should wait for one of these companies to introduce their 5G phones – Xiaomi, BLU, Huawei, RealMe. These four firms have been dominating the budget phone markets for a long time. They’re expected to introduce budget-friendly as well as mid-range 5G phones soon or when 5G services are launched or would be announced by your country’s leading telecom operators.
Do you really need a 5G phone?
It depends but there’s no harm in buying a 4G phone but if you can purchase a 5G mobile at the same price, why waste money on older technology.