Even though a 5G handset is capable of backwards-compatible connectivity with 4G and 3G mobile signals, 4G handsets won’t be able to tap into the perks of 5G.
To take advantage of the latest generation of mobile connectivity, you need three things: A 5G-capable handset, a 5G telco, and you need to be using your phone in an area with 5G coverage.
While we can’t help you out with the telco and coverage-area bits, we do have a breakdown of seven great picks for 5G-capable handsets.
Oppo Find X2 Lite
Just because a phone model doesn’t have ‘5G’ in its name, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have it. Case in point, the Oppo Find X2 Lite, which is a comparatively affordable starting point for dipping your toe into the wonderful world of 5G speeds. Built atop a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, the X2 Lite is ready to reach download speeds of up to 1.9Gbps, which will let you hit the ground running in the speed department for 5G at launch. And it’s got capacity to keep up with any 5G speed upgrades telcos may dish out in the future.
The X2 Lite’s 128GB of internal memory is plenty of space for apps, pics, and vids, which all looks great on the 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with 2400×1800 resolution. On the practical front, the X2 Lite intelligently and automatically switches between 5G and 4G networks to help preserve battery life.
Samsung A71 5G
While big-ticket Samsung handsets may be all the rage, Samsung also sells more affordable options that are great budget-friendly alternatives. For not a whole lot more than the Oppo Find X2 Lite, the A71 gives you the same 128GB storage, albeit with the option to expand by up to 512GB via microSD card. The Super AMOLED Plus screen is a highlight with plenty of screen real estate (6.7-inches) and a 2400×1080 resolution.
The metal-and-glass design offers a solid feel, while there’s plenty of photo-capping possibilities care of multiple cameras: a 64-megapixel main camera, plus the option to capture in 123-degree ultra-wide, macro, and even one designed for depth. This is topped off with a 4500mAh battery capacity for all-day use, and 25W super-fast charging when you’re out of juice.
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Edging closer to a $1K handset budget has its perks. Take the Oppo Find X2 Neo for example. The 6.5-inch curved AMOLED screen has a 2400×1800 resolution, but the real hidden beauty of this display is the 90Hz refresh rate, which makes for silky smooth use. This should be particularly appealing to fans of video and smartphone games.
Gamers in particular should appreciate the X2 Neo’s clever cooling system, which keeps the phone cool while you’re turning up the heat. Dolby Atmos dual-stereo sound also helps marry great sound with the quality screen, while the 256GB of storage is plenty for storing larger apps, downloaded files, and snaps or footage from the 42MP rear camera.
Huawei P40 Pro 5G
The more you invest in a 5G phone, the more you can expect screen quality to improve. For instance, the Huawei P40 Pro 5G boasts a 6.58-inch OLED screen with a 2640×1200 resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The P40 Pro’s out-and-about 5G speeds are matched with Wi-Fi 6 Plus support, meaning you can take advantage of wireless internet speeds whether you’re outside or at home.
Budding photographers and videographers will want that extra speed for digital backups, too, given the combination of 50MP, 40MP, and 12MP cameras on the front, and a 32MP front-facing camera, plus the option to record video at 4K resolutions and at 60 frames-per-second (fps).
Oppo Find X2 Pro
For the same price as the Huawei P40 Pro, you can also weigh up the Oppo Find X2 Pro. This 5G-capable handset ups the screen stakes again with its 6.7-inch AMOLED screen, which has a 3168×1440 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, which is extremely easy on the eyes.
You can take that good-looking appraisal both figuratively and literally, more so because the X2 Pro automatically adjusts optimal screen brightness and colour temperature based on your surroundings. The 512GB of internal storage means you can ditch the need for digital spring cleaning, while the 4260mAh battery combines with 65W flash charging to take you from 0 to 40 battery percentage in a breezy ten minutes.
Samsung S20 Ultra 5G
For a premium handset budget, you can safely expect premium inclusions, such as those found in the Samsung S20 Ultra 5G. The 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O screen boasts a resolution of 3200×1400 and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. To help preserve battery life, the S20 Ultra comes with a 5000 mAh battery, which is handy given how currently draining the 5G signal can be on regular smartphone battery life.
While there’s only 128GB of internal storage, you can optionally expand with up to 1TB of additional storage via microSD card. If you’re keen to tap into the photography perks of the S20 Ultra, you’ll want that extra storage space, too. That’s because the S20 boasts a pro-grade 108MP camera on the back and a 40MP selfie camera on the front. You can even record in up to
8K at 24fps.
Samsung Note 10+ 5G
If you fancy interaction options with your high-end smartphone – regular ol’ touch control or the use of a stylus – have a gander at the Samsung Note 10+ 5G. You’ll surely like what you see in the 6.8-inch 3040×1440-resolution Dynamic AMOLED screen. And that impressiveness continues with the 512GB of internal storage, plus the option to bump that up by another 512GB with a microSD card.
Use the screen and stylus combo to translate handwriting into text, or marvel at the picture and video results of the selection of front- and rear-facing pro-grade cameras. The Note 10+ also features fast charging on its 4300mAh battery. Plus, you can even turn your Note S10+ into a desktop with the right external equipment, care of inbuilt DeX Live desktop software.