So, what about 5G ready phones? Well, if you want to enjoy the benefits of 5G, you’ll need a handset that is compatible with the 5G network. Many well-known tech brands have already launched their first 5G ready phones - we’ll run you through the best ones available, below.
Huawei P40 and Huawei P40 Pro
Huawei P40 at a glance: 6.1-inch Full HD display, triple-lens 50MP+16MP+8MP rear camera, 3,800mAh battery, 8GB RAM, 128GB internal memory.
Huawei P40 Pro at a glance: 6.58-inch Full HD display, quad-lens 50MP+40MP+12MP+3D Depth Sensing Camera rear camera, 4,200 mAh battery, 8GB RAM, 256GB internal memory.
Both the Huawei P40 and Huawei P40 Pro are 5G-ready, so you can look forward to making the most of high-speed 5G whenever you're in a 5G supported location. Part of Huawei's popular P series, and two of the new additions to the range for 2020, the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro guarantee reliable connectivity and faster downloads, alongside plenty of amazing tech specs and next-level smartphone features.
If you're into smartphone photography, you're sure to love both. The handset you choose will depend on what you're looking for, but both offer an ultra-clear 32MP selfie camera and an outstanding rear camera system. The Huawei P40 has a triple-lens 50MP + 16MP + 8MP rear camera, while the P40 Pro offers a quad-lens** 50MP + 40MP + 12MP + 3D Depth Sensing rear camera**. Both phones are created in partnership with photography experts Leica, can take beautiful macro shots at just 2.5cm away, offer brilliant zoom capabilities and come with a set of innovative AI photography features such as Golden Snap AI Remove Reflection and Golden Snap AI Best Moment.
An edge-to-edge viewing experience is guaranteed on both handsets, and you'll find a fingerprint scanner built into the screen of each device. The Kirin 990 5G chipset and Huawei XD Fusion Engine ensure an efficient, seamless performance too, and Huawei's EMUI 10.1 with smart assistant Celia means both phones are easy to navigate.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Range
Samsung S20 5G at a glance: 6.2-inch Infinity-O display, triple-lens 64MP+12MP+12MP rear camera, 4,000 mAh battery, 12GB RAM, 128GB internal memory.
Samsung S20+ at a glance: 6.7-inch Infinity-O display, quad-lens 64MP+12MP+12MP+DepthVision rear camera, 4,500 mAh battery, 8GB RAM, 128GB internal memory.
Samsung S20 Ultra at a glance: 6.9-inch Infinity-O display, quad-lens 108MP+12MP+48MP+DepthVision rear camera, 5,000 mAh battery, 12GB RAM, 128GB internal memory.
Samsung's flagship Galaxy S series saw the addition of the S20 range in February 2020, and three out of the four devices launched support 5G. The Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, Samsung Galaxy S20+ and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra are all ready and waiting to provide you with rapid download speeds, lower latency times and the most reliable network connection yet - you'll just have to decide which of the three suits you best.
All three 5G handsets have a large Infinity-O display, which reach right across each device for an immersive viewing experience. Displays range from 6.2 to 6.9 inches, boasting vivid colour and an ultra-refined picture. An UltraSonic Fingerprint Scanner has been hidden inside each screen, for fast yet secure access.
There's a quad-lens rear camera on each device, with varying specs. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the most advanced, and has been named the handset that's set to revolutionise smartphone photography by Samsung. Not only does it feature a jaw-dropping 108MP wide-angle lens - it's partnered with a 12MP ultra-wide lens, 48MP telephoto lens and a Depth Vision camera. Combined, you'll have the freedom to experiment with your photos, whether you're shooting far away, up close, during the day or in darker conditions at night.
All three have the ability to record 8K video, and you'll find huge batteries with PowerShare technology, and powerful cores to ensure these 5G Samsung phones run smoothly, no matter what you're doing.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
At a glance: 6.8-inch Full HD+ display, quad-lens 16MP+12MP+12 MP rear camera with DepthVision camera, IP68 water and dust resistance rating, 12GB RAM, 196g, 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is the second 5G offering to be released by the smartphone giant, and you'll be able to experience high-speed 5G downloads whenever you're in a supported area using this device. Lightning fast download speeds will certainly come in handy too, as the phone's huge 6.5-inch Full HD+ Infinity O display is perfect for streaming TV shows and films from. With minimal interruptions thanks to the small punch-hole shaped notch and in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, you can really immerse yourself in whatever your watching and enjoy vibrant true-to-life colour and a refined, crystal-clear picture.
Following tradition, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G also offers Samsung's S Pen. This stylus is neatly tucked away inside the device, and is perfect for annotating documents, writing handwritten notes and editing photos and videos in more detail.
Speaking of photos, this 5G phone has an exceptional camera. It was ranked number one by industry-standard DxOMark for smartphone photography, and the quad-lens camera system is loaded with amazing specs. There's a 16MP ultra-wide lens with a 123-degree field of view, 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom, 12MP wide-angle camera on board, and a DepthVision camera with two sensors to make bokeh, Live Focus shots and AR features such as QuickMeasure possible.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
At a glance: 6.7-inch Infinity-O display, Quad lens 12MP + 12MP + 16MP + 3D depth rear camera, 4,500mAh battery, up to 8GB RAM, 256GB internal memory.
Samsung’s 5G ready flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is the ideal handset for those searching for a stylish smartphone with a great camera, huge high-definition screen and super-fast connectivity.
With a screen measuring 6.7 inches, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is one of the largest handsets currently available. Its Infinity-O display, neatly hides away the selfie camera with facial recognition technology, allowing for a larger cinematic viewing experience. The screen itself is a QHD+ dynamic AMOLED display, meaning you can watch and stream media in super high definition.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G’s camera is certainly impressive. The quad-lens rear camera system consists of a 12MP telephoto camera, 12MP wide-angle camera, 16MP ultra wide-angle camera and 3D Depth camera which - combined - capture amazing shots. 10x digital zoom and dual optical image stabilisation guarantee your photos will be clear and focussed, even when zoomed in, and scene optimiser automatically adjusts the camera settings to ensure you always take the best shots. On the front, you’ll find a 10MP selfie camera and 3D depth lens, with the capability to capture photos with the ever-desirable bokeh effect.
Plus, this handset has a super powerful 4,500mAh battery with fast charging, an advanced Exynos 9820 chipset, 256GB of internal memory and 8GB RAM. Obviously, it’s 5G ready, meaning you can take advantage of super-fast download speeds and smooth connectivity.
Oppo Reno 5G
At a glance: 6.6-inch edge-to-edge display, triple lens 48MP + 13MP + 8MP rear camera, 4,065mAh battery, up to 8GB RAM, VOCC 3.0 fast charging.
The first 5G ready phone from Chinese tech giant Oppo, the Oppo Reno 5G is an impressive choice. Along with 5G capabilities that allow ultra-fast download speeds with minimal buffering and lagging, the Reno 5G has a whole host of exciting and impressive features on board.
For example, the camera is one of the best currently available on the smartphone market. With an impressive triple lens 48MP+13MP+8MP camera system, the phone promises to deliver bright, clear and focussed snaps. If you’re more of a selfie fan, the handset has a pop-up front facing 16MP camera that's enhanced by AI features, including beauty enhancing technology, to always capture you in your very best light.
The 6.6-inch edge-to-edge display boasts a 93.1% screen-to-body ratio meaning your screen is totally uninterrupted and immersive. An AMOLED full HD display adds to the Oppo Reno 5G’s excellent viewing experience. What’s more, the handset is powered by a huge 4,065mAh battery with VOCC 3.0 fast charging, and a super-speedy Snapdragon 855 processor.
One Plus 7 Pro 5G
At a glance: 6.6-inch screen, triple lens 48MP+8MP+16MP camera, 4,000mAh battery, 206g.
The most advanced handset this Chinese brand has created to date, the 5G-ready One Plus 7 Pro 5G delivers on specs, fast connectivity and camera performance.
One Plus’s most impressive camera yet, the 7 Pro 5G has a huge triple-lens 48MP+8MP+16MP camera on board for super detailed, clear and bright photos. On the front, the 16MP selfie camera ensures your selfies are as good as they can be, with Portrait Mode for a bokeh effect and Nightscape for excellent snaps, even when the sun has vanished.
The Snapdragon 855 chipset means the handset is super-fast and able to deal with the speeds of 5G connectivity without buffering or lagging. A 6.6-inch AMOLED screen makes it a pleasure to stream media on-the-go in super high-resolution, while the impressive 4,000 mAh battery means you can use your phone all day, without needing to recharge.
LG V50 5G
At a glance: 6.4-inch display, triple lens 16MP+12MP+12MP rear camera, 4,000mAh battery, up to 6GB RAM, 183g.
LG’s first foray into 5G-ready phones, the LG V50 5G, is packed full of exciting features. The screen measures 6.4-inches with an OLED FullVision display, making it ideal for viewing movies, TV shows, photos and video calls in super high definition.
The main camera is impressive, with a triple lens 16MP+2MP+12MP system for bright and clear shots. There’s plenty of additional camera features on board, such as a super-wide angle lens for panoramic snaps, telephoto zoom for excellent close-up detail. With a long-lasting 4000mAh battery and 128GB storage capabilities, the LG V50 is a solid choice for a future ready and high-tech smartphone.
Huawei Mate 20x 5G
At a glance: 7.2-inch display, triple lens LEICA 40MP+ 8MP + 20MP rear camera, 4,200mAh battery, 6GB RAM, 128GB internal storage.
Huawei adds a 5G offering to its incredibly popular Mate 20 series with the Huawei Mate 20x 5G. With a revolutionary triple lens LEICA camera system, handset delivers focussed, clear and detailed photos, always capturing your memories in the very best light. The 24MP front camera is one of the highest-resolution front-facing cameras on the market, ensuring your selfies and group shots are the best they can be.
Plus, the 7.2-inch display is one of the largest you can get your hands on, and with an edge-to-edge display and 87.6% screen-to-body ratio, the Huawei Mate 20x 5G offers an immersive screen experience. It’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, protecting the handset from any drops and scratches.
As well as all this, the Huawei Mate 20x 5G boasts 5G connectivity, the superfast Kirin 980 processor vivid OLED full resolution display and impressive 4,200mAh battery.