5G smartphones are already taking over in 2019. Many popular handset players have already launched their 5G smartphones till now while others are prepping to launch their 5G devices in the market later this year. Here we have compiled a list of 5G smartphones that have been released so far. 5G is the fifth generation cellular technology that increases the downloading and uploading speeds over the mobile network and reduces the time taken by a network to respond (latency). It is stable and has better energy efficiency as compared to the 4G network. 5G can provide a download speed of 1Gbps. 5G networks will operate in a high-frequency band of the wireless spectrum, between 28 GHz and 60 GHz.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Samsung introduced its first 5G smartphone along with its next-generation of flagship smartphones during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is priced at 1,397,000 KWR (approx. Rs 86,000) for the 256GB storage option, while the 512GB storage variant is priced at 1,556,500 KWR (approx. Rs 95,000). The smartphone will be available for purchase in Korea starting from April 05, 2019 and it will be available in Majestic Black, Royal Gold and Crown Silver colour options.
The major highlight of the smartphone is the support for 5G. The company claims that users will be able to enjoy roughly 20 times faster speeds as compared to 4G networks. With a 5G network, one can stream 4K videos, play graphics-intense cloud games, experience enhanced VR and AR experiences and more.
The Galaxy S10 5G features a 6.7-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and there will be another variant with latest Exynos chipset. The phone is backed by 8GB of RAM and 256GB/512GB of internal storage.
Another highlight of the smartphone is the four cameras at rear and two at front. Talking first about rear cameras, it is equipped with a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture, PDAF and OIS coupled with a 12-megapixel wide-angle with Dual Pixel AF, OIS; a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and a 3D depth sensor. For the front, there is a 10-megapixel sensor with Dual Pixel AF, f/1.9 aperture, and a 3D depth sensor.
The phone runs on OneUI, which is based on Android 9.0 Pie update. It is equipped with a 4,500mAh battery along with super fast charging compatible on wired with QC 2.0, AFC and PD 3.0 along with fast wireless charging support. On the connectivity front, it supports 5G Sub6 / mmWave (28G, 39G), 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 4×4 MIMO, Bluetooth 5, GPS, GLONASS, USB 3.1, NFC, MST and dual-SIM support. The phone measures 162.6 x 77.1 x 7.9 mm and weighs 198 grams.
Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G
Xiaomi announced the launch of its first ever 5G smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 - Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G. The smartphone employs a Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem that delivers up to 2Gbps download speed on a 5G network. This means the Mi Mix 5G is capable of downloading a 15-minute 1080p (256MB) video in a second or 26 MP3 files (320Kbps) in a second. It comes with a price tag of EUR 599 and it will be available commercially starting from May this year. Mi Mix 3 5G has the same hardware as of the original Mi Mix 3 that debuted in China back in October last year.
Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G features a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display that has a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:5:9. The display has a high screen-to-body ratio of 93.4 percent and is well lit under bright sunlight at 600 nits. The smartphone is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform paired with a Snapdragon X50 5G modem.
The Mix 3 has a ceramic back panel with a fingerprint sensor at the centre and houses a dual camera setup for primary imaging. The setup includes a 12MP Sony IMX363 (1.4µm pixel size, OIS, Dual Pixel autofocus) sensor as well as a 12MP Samsung S5K3M3+ telephoto lens with AI portraits, has AI scene recognition and loss-less zoom. For the front, Xiaomi has employed a magnetic slider design which equips a 24-megapixel Sony IMX576 camera as well as a 2-megapixel depth-of-field sensor and a flash.
The Mi Mix 3 5G has a rear fingerprint sensor and sports a dedicated Google Assistant button. Connectivity options include 5G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. The device runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 10 and is fuelled by a 3,850mAh battery with fast charging and 10W Qi wireless charging support.
Huawei Mate X 5G
Huawei introduced its first foldable smartphone at the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 - Mate X 5G. The device folds out to transform into a tablet, and sports two display panels at the front and back when kept folded. It features a Balong 5000 chip coupled with Kirin 980 chipset. It is capable of delivering up to 6.5Gbps download and 3.5Gbps upload speed.
The phone features an 8-inch OLED screen when it is opened and it comes with a resolution of 2480 x 2200 pixels. When folded, the smartphone has a 6.38-inch screen at the back and a 6.6-inch display at the front with a resolutions of 2480 x 892 pixels and 2480 x 1148 pixels respectively. The phone is equipped with an 8GB of RAM along with 512GB of internal storage. The memory can be further expanded up to 256GB via microSD card slot.
For optics, the smartphone has a two-in-one front and rear camera setup, which is powered by Leica. There are three sensors with primary being a 40-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens. There is a phone mirror feature, which display the preview of what they are capturing. Also, the phone packs two battery packs that jointly offer 4,500mAh of capacity. There is 55W Huawei SuperCharge technology that is rated to deliver 85 percent of power in 30 minutes of charge.
LG V50 ThinQ 5G
LG also unveiled its flagship at the Mobile World Congress 2019 - the LG V50 ThinQ 5G. The smartphone comes with a Snapdragon 855 with Snapdragon X50 5G Modem and also features a heat-dissipation system which LG calls a Vapor Chamber. The LG V50 ThinQ comes with a 6.4-inch OLED FullVision display with QHD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. It comes in a single Astro Black colour and can be purchased with a Dual Screen accessory for gaming and multitasking.
In terms of optics, the V50 ThinQ 5G equips a triple camera setup at the back - a 16MP super-wide f/1.9 primary sensor backed by a 12MP f/1.5 primary shooter and a 12MP telephoto f/2.4 camera. For selfies, there is a dual camera setup featuring an 8MP primary camera and a 5MP secondary shooter.
The phone comes running Android 9.0 (Pie) and is fuelled by a 4,000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. There’s a fingerprint scanner at the back and the device comes with MIL-STD 810G protection and IP68 certification to withstand water and dust. The dimensions are 159.2 x 76.1 x 8.3mm and the phone weighs at 183 grams. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS, NFC and USB Type-C 2.0.
ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G
ZTE also announced its first 5G phone on the side lines of MWC 2019. The ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC alongside the Snapdragon X50 5G modem. According to the company, the device will have peak download speeds of up to 2Gbps.
Ths ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G features an edge-to-edge display with a waterdrop notch on the top that houses the front-facing camera and an under-display fingerprint scanner. Under the hood, the smartphone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 octa-core chipset which is manufactured using the 7nm process. It will be coupled with Snapdragon X50 modem to enable the 5G connectivity on the device.
For optics, the smartphone will come with triple rear camera sensors along with a number of AI-powered features, including scene recognition. For the front, there will be a 20-megapixel front-facing sensor for taking selfies and video calling.
The company hasn't detailed too much about the 5G smartphone including screen size, RAM, internal storage and connectivity options.