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5G phones: these are the first next-gen handsets

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It could be said that 5G is no longer a 'new' thing, as some countries have had 5G networks for months now, but most of the world still hasn't been graced by its presence, and as the networks slowly roll out, so do the 5G phones you'll need to make use of the fast speeds.

It won't take long though for 5G smartphones to take over, as during CES 2019 at the start of the year, smartphone chip-maker Qualcomm said it expects to see over 30 5G devices launched in 2019, with most of those being smartphones.

It looks like Qualcomm might be right – new 5G phones keep getting launched, and although they're nowhere as popular as 4G phones still, 5G users at least have a choice of new phones to whet their appetite.

With that in mind we've listed all the various confirmed and rumored 5G phones we're expecting to see over the coming months and years.

You'll find everything we know about these phones below, including when and where they’re likely to launch, and we'll be constantly updating our 5G phones list with all the latest information.

Confirmed 5G phones

The following are all the 5G phones that are confirmed – either they're out now, or they will be very soon, and we've seen the handset.

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

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Samsung has released it first 5G phone and it's a top-end flagship dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.

As well as 5G connectivity, the phone has a 6.7-inch QHD+ screen, a 4,500mAh battery, a top-end chipset, 8GB of RAM, and four rear cameras, consisting of a 16MP ultra-wide lens, a 12MP variable aperture lens, a 12MP telephoto lens and a 3D depth-sensing camera.

The Galaxy S10 5G also has a dual-lens front-facing camera (cut into the screen, so there's no notch and minimal bezel), and 256GB of storage.

The phone is out now in some regions, including the US and the UK. It costs $1,299/£1,099 for the 256GB version and $1,399 for the 512GB version. On contract in the UK you can get it from Vodafone, EE Or O2.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G

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Samsung has also now launched the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G. It's not quite in stores yet at the time of writing, but can be pre-ordered for $1,299 / £1,099 with 256GB of storage. That version's not available in Australia, but for $1,399 / £1,199 / AU$1,999 you can get the 512GB version.

5G aside this is the same as the standard Galaxy Note 10 Plus, meaning you get a 6.8-inch 1440 x 3040 screen, four rear cameras, a top-end Exynos 9825 or Snapdragon 855 chipset, 12GB of RAM, and Samsung's S Pen stylus, to make the most of all that space.

OnePlus 7 Pro 5G

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When OnePlus launched the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, it also announced a 5G version of the latter phone, which is exactly the same in all regards (except that it can connect to 5G networks as well as 4G).

That means the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G has a curved all-screen AMOLED display, novel pop-up selfie camera, Snapdragon 855 chipset, and 90Hz screen refresh rate. It will set you back quite a bit too - in the UK for example it starts at £59 per month on contract, where it's currently only sold by EE.

Moto Z3

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Motorola was the first in the world to sell a 5G phone. Well, sort of anyway, as what it actually sells is the Moto Z3 (a 4G handset from 2018) paired with a new 5G Moto Mod, which adds 5G connectivity to the phone.

At the time of writing this is only available in the US and only on Verizon (which only currently has a 5G network in a few places), so it's limited, but technically available.

The Moto Z3 and Moto Mod combined actually also undercut most other 5G handsets, though of course the phone itself is also more dated. The initial 5G service available on the phone is a mixed bag too.

Moto Z4

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The Moto Z4 is a similar story to the Moto Z3 in that it supports 5G but only with a Moto Mod. It launched on June 13 in the US.

It has a 6.4-inch 1080 x 2340 screen, a 48MP rear camera, a 25MP front-facing one, a mid-range Snapdragon 675 chipset, and a 3,600mAh battery. It's set to start at $20.83 per month on a Verizon contract, which is the only place you'll be able to get the 5G-ready version.

Huawei Mate X

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Huawei announced the Huawei Mate X at MWC 2019 - a phone that not only supports 5G, but also folds.

It essentially has three screens, with one big 8-inch OLED display that can be folded in half, leaving you with a smaller screen on each side of the handset, one of which is 6.6 inches and the other 6.4.

The phone also has a triple-lens camera, a 4,500mAh battery with fast charging, a high-end Kirin 980 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. All in all the Huawei Mate X could be the most exciting of the early 5G phones, but it also might be the most expensive, as it's set to cost €2,299 (around $2,600 / £2,000 / AU$4,770) when it lands around the middle of the year.

We don't know when we're going to be able to get our hands on the device, as Huawei has postponed its release date – the latest rumors say somewhere between September and November, but we'll keep you updated.

Huawei Mate 20 X 5G

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As well as the Huawei Mate X, Huawei has plans to release a more 'traditional' 5G handset in the form of the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G which is, as the name suggests, a new version of the Huawei Mate 20 X.

That means it's a phone with a huge 7.2-inch screen and triple-lens camera setup, however it's set to have a smaller battery capacity at 4,200mAh. That's still a large power pack, but it doesn't compare to the 4G phone's 5,000mAh.

This was expected to release alongside 5G networks, but Huawei's Android problems saw it delayed, as many UK networks dropped the company's phones from their 5G launch rosters. However, it is now available on EE, Vodafone and Three.

Additionally, Huawei has revealed that it is "considering" making a 5G version of the upcoming Huawei Mate 30.

LG V50 ThinQ

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LG is another company that has announced a 5G handset, namely the LG V50 ThinQ 5G. Launched at MWC 2019, this phone has a 6.4-inch 1440 x 3120 AMOLED screen, a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and a triple-lens rear camera, with a 12MP standard lens, a 12MP telephoto one and a 16MP ultra-wide one.

There's also both an 8MP standard lens and a 5MP wide-angle one on the front of the phone.

The LG V50 ThinQ also has a 4,000mAh battery, and it should be built to last, as it's both IP68-certified (for dust and water-resistance) and sports military-grade drop protection. There's also an optional second screen attachment in the form of the LG DualScreen.

The 5G phone can be bought in certain countries now, including the US, where it can be grabbed for $24 per month on contract with Sprint, or for $1,152 outright; the UK, where it can be ordered on EE; and Australia where it costs AU$1,729 outright or can be had on contract with Telstra.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G

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The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 was launched a while ago, and while the standard version doesn't support 5G, a 5G model has now been launched too.

This model has a Snapdragon 855 chipset, a 6.39-inch 1080 x 2340 AMOLED screen, 256GB of storage, a dual-lens 12MP rear camera and a dual-lens front camera which slides out of the top of the phone, so there's no need for big bezels or a notch.

A big highlight though could be the price, as at €599 (around £520 / $680 / AU$950) it could undercut most of the first wave of 5G handsets. It's currently available from Vodafone in the UK, starting at £50 per month with £99 upfront. It's not clear whether there will be US or Australian availability.

Oppo Reno 5G

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On April 24, 2019 Oppo announced the Oppo Reno 5G, a phone which as well as 5G has a triple-lens camera, including a 10x lossless zoom lens, a 48MP lens, and an 8MP ultra-wide lens.

It also has a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, a 4,065mAh battery, a 6.6-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen, a pop-up selfie camera, and an in-screen fingerprint scanner. It's available on EE in the UK, where it starts at £54 per month with £70 upfront.

The Oppo Reno 5G has arrived in Australia for AU$1,499 outright, or you can you get it on contract through Telstra. In the UK it's available on EE.

Samsung Galaxy A90

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Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G at IFA 2019, to sit as its most affordable 5G phone.

The Samsung Galaxy A90 has a lot in common with other Galaxy A phones, with mid-range specs and features, and it's for people who want 5G but don't need a super-powered smartphone.

ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G

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ZTE used MWC 2019 to announce a 5G phone, specifically the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G.

Set to supposedly land in Europe at some point, this phone has already launched in China and has a Snapdragon 855 chipset, an in-screen fingerprint scanner, and a trio of rear cameras, namely a 48MP standard lens, a 20MP wide-angle lens and an 8MP telephoto lens.

There's also a 20MP front camera, a 6.47-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with a notch, 6GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery and 128GB of storage. Pricing and exact availability is still to be confirmed.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 4

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

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Xiaomi hasn't officially unveiled the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 5G, but it's confirmed the existence of the smartphone and its 5G capabilities, so we know it's not just a rumored device.

This follows the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, one of the first 5G smartphones to come out, that at the time was a more 'budget' alternative to high-end 5G phones. We can expect the Mi Mix 4 to be the same, although we've also heard rumors it'll have a 108MP camera (the Mi Mix 3 had a dual 12MP sensor, so 108MP is a huge step up). This would make the Mi Mix 4 a pretty impressive device, but we'll have to wait to see if this turns out to be correct.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro

Xiaomi Mi 9

Xiaomi Mi 9

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Alongside the Mi Mix 4, Xiaomi is set to launch the Mi 9 Pro, which is presumably a high-end version of the Xiaomi Mi 9.

Again, we don't know much about the phone save that it definitely exists, it'll definitely be 5G, and it'll be shown off by Xiaomi at the end of September 2019.

Rumored 5G phones

These are all the 5G handsets we've heard about, but not seen yet. That includes phones from companies who have confirmed they're working on a 5G phone, but we don't know what it is yet.

iPhone 12

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Apple will of course eventually launch a 5G phone, but it's not going to be one of the first companies to do so.

As of August 2019, the latest news on that front is that Apple is likely using Qualcomm for 5G modems. Apparently it was using Intel, but the company has abandoned plans for 5G modems after reportedly missing deadlines.

While we might be waiting a while, the good news is that whenever Apple launches its 5G iPhone it's likely to be globally available, since iPhones are sold in most countries.

Honor

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Given that Huawei has launched a 5G phone it's not overly surprising to hear that Honor is working on one too, given that this is a sub-brand of the company.

The latest news on that front comes from an interview with Honor's president, who said the phone is coming in the fourth quarter of 2019 and that it will be cheaper than Huawei's 5G phones.

Black Shark

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As well as the Mi Mix 3 5G, it looks like Xiaomi will launch a 5G phone under its Black Shark banner and it will probably land this year according to Black Shark's VP. This seemingly won't be the Black Shark 3 though, as it will apparently land before that phone, so it might be a 5G version of the Black Shark 2, but that's not yet confirmed.

Vivo

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Vivo is also known to be working on a 5G phone thought to be called the Vivo iQOO Pro 5G, but as yet we don't know much about it. The company has also teased that the Vivo Nex 3 will support 5G.

We wouldn't count on either phone being widely available though, since most Vivo handsets aren't.

Sony

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Sony has confirmed that it will make a 5G phone, but only when the tech rolls out. The company hasn't got more specific than that yet.

However, there are rumors that it could be a foldable phone called the Sony Xperia F. This would apparently have a 21:9 screen and a clamshell design.

Nokia

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We know that Nokia is planning to launch a 5G phone in 2020, but we don't know anything about the handset.

That's according HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas (HMD Global makes Nokia phones) who said there will be Nokia 5G phones soon. We can expect them to be affordable mid-range or low-end devices, as that's Nokia's corner of the market, but we don't know anything about them yet.

Royole FlexPai

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The foldable Royole FlexPai launched globally during CES 2019 at the start of 2019, and while it's not 5G enabled right now, a software update later in the year will unlock support for the fifth generation of network.

You can buy the FlexPai now, however it's expensive and we found during our hands on time with the phone that the software needs some serious polish before we'd be able to think about recommending it as a viable everyday device.