Best 5G phones 2022: these are the next-gen handsets you should pick up

Best 5G phones
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The best 5G phones aren't just high-end flagship devices. They also include most mid-rangers and an increasing number of budget devices. All can help you enjoy the fastest speeds so it's a good idea to figure out what you can afford to spend. 

5G is the next generation of mobile data connectivity and its reach is expanding significantly. It brings with it super-fast speeds along with superior reliability and connection stability compared to 4G. It's ideal for online gaming, streaming movies, or quickly downloading large files. 

The best smartphones may suit your needs but we've focused on the key uses of 5G here so we're able to find the best 5G phones for covering these requirements. Below, we've broken things down into categories to help you determine why you might need a 5G phone. 

Each entry include a 'best' model along with a 'runner up' so you know what the highlights are. That's particularly important as not all our best phones picks are available in the US or other regions.

We test every new 5G phone that comes out, so we know what we're talking about. That also means this list is regularly updated so you may wish to check back in often.

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The new King of the 5G phones

Specifications

Release date: February 2022
Weight: 228g
Dimensions: 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.8-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3088
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 / Exynos 2200
RAM: 8GB / 12GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 108MP + 10MP + 10MP + 12MP
Front camera: 40MP

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic camera
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Gorgeous screen

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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No microSD card slot

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the new leader of the best 5G phones, although it will cost you a fair chunk of change to enjoy its many great features.

Those features are vast at least. It offers a beautiful 6.8-inch AMOLED screen that supports up to 3088 x 1440 resolution and a peak brightness of 1,750 nits. Its refresh rate goes up to 120Hz with the ability to adapt as needed so it always looks great, while Samsung's new Vision Booster technology means visibility is great even in direct sunlight.

Elsewhere, its camera array is fantastic with an array of lenses offering you plenty of options from two 10MP zoom lenses, to a 12MP ultrawide, and 108MP main camera. Great technology further enhances your images. 

Throw in the integrated S Pen, speedy performance, and reasonable if not remarkable battery life, and this is a dream of a device.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review