But now we've heard Vodafone will actually launch its first exclusive 5G phone before that, making the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G the first 5G phone you can buy in the UK.
In a statement, Vodafone confirmed it will offer the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G from today, May 23, and it'll also sell the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G – there's no release date for this latter phone at the time of writing, but the Galaxy will be available on EE from June 7, so it could be a roughly similar date.
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The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G isn't going to be quite like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 4G phone – while it'll still have the 24MP and 2MP rear cameras, and dual 12MP front-facing cameras on a pop-up rear section, it has a few minor differences.
Showing the differences
One major addition in the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G is a 3,800mAh battery, bigger than the 3,200mAh of the 4G phone. There's also a newer chipset, in the Snapdragon 855, which is an upgrade on the previous phone's Snapdagon 845, and the phone will launch with Android 9 instead of 8.1. All these changes were likely made to improve the phone's 5G functionality.
Vodafone is presenting the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G as its 'affordable' 5G handset, as it's a far more mid-range device than the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, but with an upfront price of £99.99 and a £50 monthly tariff for even the most affordable contract, it's not exactly a cheap phone.
If you buy the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G phone today you won't be able to connect it to 5G networks yet - which is something of an issue when you're paying that much more - but it'll still run on 4G, and you'll get an early glimpse at what the future of phones holds.