In addition toreadying themselves for 5G, carriers are ramping up to deliver the latest generation of cellular tech. Not only will these networks connect users to a super-fast mobile network, but from the faster connectivity of 5G as well, like self-driving cars, drones and the internet of things to name a few.
Though none of these networks are ready for a nationwide rollout currently, carriers everywhere are racing to lay the necessary infrastructure to roll out a faster and more expansive wireless network. As such, more and morewill take place throughout this year and next. Right now, 5G is live in select cities for Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint users. And in Britain, UK carrier with Vodafone under its belt and Three plans to . Britain's government is also .
Most people will likely experience the benefits of a robust 5G network only through a 5G-enabled phone. After all, the grand promises carriers and chip-makers are making with 5G coverage don't mean much if you can't access the network with your own device. To help you keep tabs on all the 5G phones and when we can expect more, here's what the major phone-makers are planning.
and it's likely you won't see one . There are a couple of reasons for this. First, Apple usually isn't the first in on mobile trends, preferring instead to perfect an emerging technology before committing to it. For example, it was behind its competitors in making phones with 3G and 4G LTE connectivity when those networks just launched.
Second, Apple stopped working with the leading 5G modem provider, Qualcomm, . The two companies in April, and then agreed to . This lead to Apple's previous partner of 5G modems, Intel, to ultimately altogether. Apple is again working with Qualcomm for 5G modems, but it got started too late to launch a 5G phone this year.
Despite all these legal issues, that doesn't mean Apple is totally ignoring 5G. In April, Sprint and AT&T reached a settlement after for displaying "5G E" connectivity on , which included . This is despite the fact that its network technology remained unchanged from 4G. (Although our recent tests in Los Angeles were on the network's 5G network.)
Apple did not respond for a request to comment.
Initially, the costs $1,300, has a 6.7-inch display, four rear cameras and the ability to wirelessly charge other devices. The device is also and , as well as AT&T but only for businesses.
With some carriers, interested buyers will have to subscribe to specific 5G phone plans. Verizon's Above or Beyond unlimited plans, for example, require a, which the company said it will waive for a "limited time" for users who buy a 5G phone, including those purchasing the S10 5G. Sprint's to access 5G costs $80 to $90 a month.
The Galaxy S10 5G won't be the only 5G phone from Samsung. Its foldablewill have a 5G variant, too, but that phone's launch due to reported screen issues that the company said . And it will carry additional Samsung 5G phones by the second half of 2019 (no word yet on the specific devices though).
Google hasn't revealed its plans for 5G, and the company declined to reply to a request to comment. What we do know is that, similar to other carriers.
What does that have to do with Google exactly? For the past few years,, Google has tapped Verizon as its exclusive carrier partner for its Pixel phones, including its last flagship, the and . (However, Google also sells the phone unlocked or on its Wi-Fi-first network, Google Fi. Its most recent midrange phone, the and , are also now available from other carriers.)
This could mean that its next flagship, whichwill be the ), could be a 5G phone. If it sticks with its usual phone launch schedule, the Pixel 4 would debut around October 2019 -- well after the first half of the year.
The Ookla said "could result in an unmatched network in the face of 5G.")is available to for $1,152 and for $1,000. Sprint's 5G network is live in four cities: Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and Atlanta. As mentioned earlier, we with the V50 and coverage was more consistent but slower than Verizon's. Sprint will also flip the switch for a handful of other cities afterward, like Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. later in 2019. (FYI, soon, a move that carrier speed analyst
The V50 will also be sold by T-Mobile and AT&T later in the year. The phone features a 6.4-inch OLED display, three rear cameras that include a wide-angle and telephoto lens, the Snapdragon 855 chipset and two front-facing cameras. It can also attach to athat increases the phone's display size, though that won't be available in the US.
Lenovo's first 5G device was 2018's. Its successor, the , launched in May . Like the Z3, the Z4 connects to 5G with a modular accessory, which attaches to the back of the phone using magnetic pins. The phone is $499 and the Mod costs extra, but for a limited time you can get both for $440, making the Z4 the cheapest 5G phone yet.
When wewith the Z3 and Mod in April, Jessica Dolcourt noticed "theoretical download speeds kissing 600Mbps." But other times, "The download would start strong, the phone would flicker to show the 4G logo, and speeds would plummet."
As for a Motorola phone that wouldn't need an accessory to connect to 5G, the company is working on making such a device, but. Doug Michau, Motorola Mobility's director of technical sales and operations, said that phone would come much later than early 2019. More specifically, Michau said it would launch in "definitely less than three years, but no time frame yet."
Chinese phone-maker Huawei has two 5G phones waiting in the wings. One is the, which combines 5G speeds and a foldable display. The device has a 6.6-inch display when folded closed, and and 8-inch OLED screen when you flip it open. It also features a 4,500-mAh battery and three rear cameras. The Mate X is scheduled to launch in the middle of the year and will cost a whopping 2,300 euros (about $2,600).
Its second phone is the. The phone was supposed to launch in the UK in June for £999 (or about $1,279 in the US and AU$1,856 in Australia) but UK carriers EE and Vodafone have . The phone has a huge 7.2-inch display, a 4,200mAh battery and a triple rear-camera setup.
Don't expect these phones to come to the US, though. Calling it a security threat to the Department of Defense, the US government banned the sale of Huawei phones. In May, an executive order put limits on foreign involvement in the US' carrier networks, which Huawei said will . Retail giant in March 2018 and Huawei's at the request of the US in an act her father said . from supplying 5G equipment.
That doesn't necessarily spell the end of Huawei and its 5G ambitions, though. "Our products and solutions are used by major carriers, Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of millions of consumers in more than 170 countries around the world," a Huawei spokesman said. "We have earned the trust of our partners across the global value chain."
OnePlus' latest phone, the, has a 5G variant that currently EE's 5G network. The OnePlus 7 Pro earned CNET's Editors' Choice Award and features a 6.67-inch, 90Hz display, a pop-up selfie camera and three rear cameras. EE's 5G deployment will also span 16 cities in 2019, starting with London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester.
In the US, the non-5G version is available through T-Mobile, but unlocked models work on AT&T and Verizon. The regular OnePlus 7 Pro starts at $669, and £649 (or AU$962 in Australia).
Though Nokia isn't the phone giant that it was, it's still taking steps toward a 5G future. It's currently working with Qualcomm to make 5G devices and in July, the company announced a , which includes taking advantage of to back its 5G network.
But don't expect 5G Nokia phones anytime soon; in February HMD CEO Florian Seiche (who makes Nokia phones) said those devices probably won't arrive until 2020. Nokia also stands to benefit from 5G in other ways though. In addition to Qualcomm and Ericsson, the company has patent rights to 5G technology, and stands to make up to $3.50 for every 5G smartphone sold.
Instead of a phone, Taiwanese electronics company HTC has a. Available now , the hub connects up to 20 people simultaneously. Equipped with a 5-inch display, audio speakers and Android Pie software, the device is also a media hub that users can make video calls with or use to check mail.
Scheduled to release in China and Europe, ZTE'shas a 4G version that is for 599 euro ($671, £520, AU$967). It's equipped with a Snapdragon 855 processor and has a fingerprint scanner embedded in its screen. On the back are three cameras that have AI capabilities, including scene recognition. The rear setup includes a wide-angle camera, a standard lens and a third telephoto camera. For your selfie shots, the front of the phone has a 20-megapixel camera.
In February ZTE said it was aiming to have 5G phones off the ground in either late 2018 or early 2019, but followed that up with a "late 2019" prediction. Currently, ZTE is working with eight international carriers to roll out 5G testing. For now, the future of ZTE in the US is due to a recent ( ) ban on its phones because the company .
Chinese phone-maker Xiaomi remixed itswith a . Aptly named Mi Mix 3 5G, the phone costs 599 euros (about $679). It's unlikely that the phone will be available in the US. The company's initial 5G network partners include many European carriers, including Orange, Sunrise, Telefonica, Three, TIM and Vodafone -- the last of which will exclusively .
The phone itself features 6.39-inch AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 845 processor and dual 12-megapixel rear cameras. Calling it "almost the perfect phone," CNET editor Aloysius Low also mentioned that it's neither water resistant nor do its front-facing cameras have secure 3D face unlocking.
After showing off, OnePlus' sister company Oppo debuted its trio of in April. One of the phones includes a 5G model, the , which is and Australia for AU$1,499. The device features a fantastic 6.6-inch screen, a Snapdragon 855 chipset and a pop-up selfie camera.
In addition to EE and Australia's Telstra and Optus, Oppo is working with Swisscom, as well as Singtel in Singapore, to launch the phone. It's also partnering with China Mobile to sell the phone later this summer.
The story originally published on Oct. 23, 2018.
Update, April 5, 2019: Adds information about Verizon debuting 5G network in Chicago.
Update, April 26: Adds preorder information about Galaxy S10 5G and confirmation of OnePlus 7 Pro.
Update, May 18: Adds information about manufacturer availability and the Oppo Reno.
Update, May 31: Adds information about LG V50 ThinQ on Sprint.
Update, June 19: Adds information about LG V50 ThinQ on Verizon, Galaxy S10 5G on Sprint and Moto Z4.
Update, June 24: Adds information about AT&T's 5G network.
Update, July 18: Adds information about global 5G speed tests.