So, what about 5G ready phones? If you want to enjoy the benefits of 5G, you’ll need a handset that is compatible with the 5G network. Many top manufacturers have released a selection of great 5G ready phones - we’ll run you through the best ones available, below.
Samsung 5G Phones
5G is likely to feature on many of Samsung's future handsets, and there are already a number of Samsung devices available, including the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, and both the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G and the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G.
If you're after some of the best Samsung tech currently available, then you're sure to love the premium S21 models. Across the entire S21 family you'll find an Exynos 2100 5nm processor and long-lasting batteries ranging from 4,000 mAh to 5,000 mAh - everything you need to support 5G technology. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first in the S series devices to be compatible with Samsung's S-Pen (sold separately), and record outstanding 8K video. The largest screen (coming in at 6.8 inches) can be found on the Galaxy S21 Ultra, and both the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ feature 10MP front-facing cameras, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra is home to an amazing 40MP front camera. As you'd expect from a Samsung flagship, the rear cameras are also premium, with the S21 Ultra delivering the very best specs with its quad-lens 108MP + 10MP + 10MP + 12MP camera system and additional TOF sensor.
For 5G at a slightly more affordable price, take your pick between the two A Series models: Galaxy A32 5G and Galaxy A42 5G. Both models feature specialised 5G chips, from MediaTek and Qualcomm respectively, 5,000 mAh batteries and 4GB RAM to make sure you receive the fastest, most efficient performance when connected to your chosen network. Despite being mid-range smartphones, both have cinematic 6.5-inch HD+ displays for immersive on-the-go streaming, and quad-lens rear cameras, with the Galaxy A32 5G measuring 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP and the Galaxy A42 5G loaded with a 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP camera system.
Apple 5G iPhones
If you're a dedicated Apple user, you'll want to pick up a member of the iPhone 12 family to access 5G network speeds. Every iPhone 12 model supports 5G, including the budget-friendly iPhone 12 Mini. All four handsets are also fuelled by Apple's advanced A14 Bionic chip, next-generation Neural Engine and come with long-lasting batteries equipped with MagSafe technology.
For the finest iPhone specs to date, go for the iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max. Apple's flagships for 2020, sleek stainless-steel frames, Super Retina XDR screens and unbeatable triple-lens rear cameras are just some of the features to enjoy. The duo can even record in 4K Dolby Vision - the format used by professional filmmakers.
Alternatively, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini give you access to a dual-lens 12MP + 12MP rear camera with improved Night Mode, 4K Dolby Vision video, iOS 14 and so much more. If you prefer a smaller screen, or don't require the upgraded camera features, both handsets are a great option.
Google 5G Phones
Google offers premium 5G handsets too, with Pixel 5 5G and Pixel 4a 5G available to purchase. Connect to 5G whenever you're in a supported area on both phones, and discover the same dual 16MP + 12.2MP camera on each.
This pair of Pixels were actually released at the same time, with the Pixel 5 5G acting as the flagship for the year, and the Pixel 4a 5G an 5G alternative to the existing Pixel 4a. On top of 5G compatibility however, the Pixel 4a 5G also received a few spec updates: the 5G version has a faster Snapdragon handset, a bigger battery and an extra rear camera lens.
The Pixel 5 has the added benefits of wireless charging, additional RAM and a slick metal frame, as well as a slightly larger 6.2-inch screen - compared to the Pixel 4a 5G's 5.81-inch display. Both use OLED technology and deliver a Full HD+ resolution, making them perfect for gaming and streaming on the move.
Oppo 5G Phones
For 5G with Oppo, you can't miss out on the Reno4 range. The Oppo Reno4 5G, Oppo Reno 4 Z 5G and the Oppo Reno4 Pro 5G all offer 5G connectivity - the handset you choose will depend on what you're after in a new smartphone.
The premium choice in Oppo's 5G range is the Reno4 Pro 5G, which boasts specs like a stunning 3D curved glass body, 4,000 mAh battery and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset that's ready and waiting to support your 5G needs. The 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate will instantly transport you into new worlds with its cinematic graphics, and its perfect for online gaming on the go.
You'll find a slightly smaller 6.43-inch AMOLED screen on the Reno4 5G, with the same ultra-fast 90Hz refresh rate. There's a brilliant triple-lens 48MP + 8MP + 2MP rear camera onboard too, similar to the Reno4 Pro's 48MP + 12MP + 13MP camera system.
As for the most affordable device in the range - the Oppo Reno4 Z - you're sure to be happy with the 6.57-inch LCD screen, 2.5D curved body and MediaTek Dimensity 800 chipset that ensures everything runs smoothly. The rear camera is a quad-lens system, coming in at **48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MPv.
You can find a full side-by-side comparison of all three Oppo Reno4 devices in our blog here.
Huawei 5G Phones
The Huawei P40 5G and P40 Pro 5G from Huawei's bestselling P series are loaded with an integrated Kirin 990 5G chipset, large batteries (3,800 mAh for the P40 and 4,200 for the P40 Pro) and cutting-edge GPUs to deliver a lightning-fast, seamless performance whether you connect to 4G or 5G. Both phones make the most of next-generation network technology whenever you're in a 5G connected area.
Alongside being 5G phones, the Huawei P40 and Huawei P40 Pro are excellent devices in their own right. Carrying on a P Series tradition, both have outstanding triple-lens 50MP rear cameras - just with slightly different specs. The premium P40 Pro is features a 50MP + 40MP + 12MP system, while uses a 50MP main camera, 16MP wide angle camera and an 8MP telephoto camera. You can also record in 4K, and watch back your videos on either handset on dazzling, edge-to-edge OLED screens.
Sony 5G Phones
Fans of Sony can experience 5G on the Sony Xperia 5 II 5G - a late 2020 release. Low latency, lightning-fast downloads and a more reliable network are yours to enjoy whenever you're in a 5G area. Behind the scenes you'll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB RAM and Android 10 working away to support the device's 5G capabilities, and whether you choose to download games on the go or stream your favourite TV show during your morning commute, crystal clear, vibrant viewing is yours to enjoy on the 6.1-inch, edge-to-edge OLED display with a breath-taking 120Hz refresh rate.
Sony has designed the Xperia 5 II 5G to last, with its 4,000 mAh battery comfortably taking you from day to night on one full charge. With 21W fast charging, you won't have to wait around long to power up, and the triple-lens 12MP + 12MP + 12MP rear camera with 4K video has all of your group photos, homemade movies and artistic Instagram shots covered.