5G Device Update
Here is a list of all 5G phones that have been announced:
1. The ZTE Axon 10 Pro
The ZTE Axon 10 Pro has a 6.47-inch 1080 x 2340 AMOLED screen with hardly any bezel and a tiny notch at the top. Featuring a top-end octa-core Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM and the Snapdragon X50 5G modem.
The phone is also infused with AI throughout, thanks to an AI Performance Engine which will automatically adjust CPU, GPU, RAM and ROM using AI algorithms, as needed. ZTE claims that this, along with the core power of the phone, will lead to a high-quality experience on 5G, with high speeds, low latency and high bandwidth.
AI is also used in the triple-lens rear camera, which includes a 48MP standard lens, a 20MP ultra-wide lens and an 8MP telephoto lens. The ZTE Axon 10 Pro additionally has a 20MP camera on the front, an in-screen fingerprint scanner, a big 4,000mAh battery and a water-resistant build. A large 128GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.
UK delivery dates yet to be confirmed. Price to be confirmed – we expect a range of £500 – £600
2. the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G – could be the first 5G phone available.
Not just a Galaxy S10 with added 5G, but the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is an improvement in many ways.
Featuring a 6.7-inch (S10 Plus has a 6.4 inch screen) curved QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio.
It has more cameras than the rest of the range, with four lenses on the back, specifically a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens, a 12MP lens that can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4, a 16MP ultra-wide f/2.2 lens, and a 3D depth sensor. It also has a dual-lens camera on the front, with both a 10MP lens and a 3D depth sensor.
Depth sensors will enable augmented reality (AR), facial recognition, virtual reality (VR) and any photography where depth is a major factor. The other big difference is the battery, which at 4,500mAh is enormous and bigger than the battery in any of the other Galaxy S10 models.
Samsung claims the device can take full advantage of 5G, such as playing graphic-rich cloud games with no lag and making 4K video calls. The depth sensors could be significant and enable lots of new AR and VR use cases.
UK delivery dates yet to be confirmed. Price to be confirmed – we expect a range of £1000 – £1500
3. The Huawei Mate X, Folding 5G
This 5G phone uses the Balong 5000, which is the world’s first 5G multi-mode modem chipset and is expected to be capable of industry-leading 5G speeds, assisted by the integration of four 5G antennas in the phone.
Huawei Mate X is also one of the world’s first foldable phones. It has a tablet-sized 8-inch 2200 x 2480 screen which can be folded in half to create two smaller screens, one of 6.6 inches and one of 6.4 inches.
It’s an OLED screen, for great contrast and vivid colours, coupled with 5G connectivity this could be the perfect way to stream video content and play online games wherever you are.
It also makes the most of its size, with a split-screen mode letting you run two apps side by side and the ability when using the smaller screens to preview photos on both sides – so both you and the subject can see them.
Mate X also has three cameras, a 4,500mAh battery, 8GB of RAM, a top-end Kirin 980 chipset and 512GB of storage. Ultra-fast charging – able to reach 85% battery in just 30 minutes. Apparently built to last, with Huawei having tested that the flexible screen can survive 100,000 folds.
UK delivery dates yet to be confirmed. Price to be confirmed – we expect a range of £1800 – £2,200
4. the LG V50 ThinQ 5G
LG’s first 5G smartphone is aimed at the consumer market.
LG’s new device, measuring 8.3 millimetres in thickness and weighing 183 grams, prioritises the display, audio and processing power for high-bandwidth, content-rich 5G applications. The V50 features a 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED Full Vision display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, which LG said offers a “heightened sense of immersion” for watching videos or playing games which could be the main reason for this being a consumer device.
LG also offers a Dual Screen accessory, which looks like a phone case — when opened, it becomes a second 6.2-inch OLED display. The second screen can be used independently, allowing multiple apps to be used at the same time. In gaming apps, the second screen can also be a dedicated controller.
To alleviate eye fatigue, the display also has an artificial intelligence engine that changes colour and brightness automatically to adapt to varying light quality.
V50 ThinQ is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem. The 4,000mAh battery is 20% larger than previous model V40 ThinQ and a new vaper chamber heat-dissipation system is designed to keep the device cool and maintain performance when using multiple apps.
No UK delivery dates. No price available
5. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
The Mi Mix 3 5G – is set to be a true flagship device at an affordable price
Featuring a top-end Snapdragon 855 processor with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G modem, and a hybrid cooling system designed to keep the phone cool even when you’re pushing it to the limit, so it can sustain peak performance for longer.
The phone has an all-screen design, with a pop-up selfie camera so there’s no need for a notch. That camera is a dual-lens one with both 24MP and 2MP lenses, while around the back there’s a dual-lens, AI-powered 12MP camera.
The screen itself is a large 6.39-inch 1080 x 2340 (AMOLED) with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, but despite the size it shouldn’t be too enormous in the hand, thanks to the lack of bezels. Due in Europe starting from May, and will be sold in Onyx Black and Sapphire Blue colours.
UK delivery expected around July. Price range of £500 – £550
There are other devices in the pipeline from Sony, Honor, Oppo, Oneplus, Apple and Motorola. Further updates will be posted when the intel is reliable. Clearly there is a tech race ongoing within device manufacturers because end users can justify an upgrade to 5G but may not be able to justify an upgrade on 4G. Therefore the future smartphone device sales will rely on 5G and this competition could also have an effect on device prices.