You’ve likely heard a lot of chatter about 5G wireless technology and if you know anything about it, its’ really exciting and worth the hype. 5G is the fifth generation in wireless technology and is going to be faster than the 4G LTE networks most of us use. 5G can reach peak speeds of up to 20 Gbps with ultra-low latency of just one millisecond.
What does this mean for you exactly? It means you can download an entire HD season of your favorite TV show in seconds while on-the-go, in addition to opening a world of technological advances that we’ve only seen in movies. Self-driving cars, smart cities, and a huge expansion of Internet of Things- all powered by 5G. Most of us use our mobile phones on a day-to-day basis and cannot leave the house without it. 5G will power your phone to do more, making that little computer in your pocket just that much cooler. Most people are likely to experience the power of 5G from their phones first, so that begs the question, what 5G phones are coming out in 2020? Let’s dive in.
5G has only rolled out in a handful of cities, and even then, only in certain hot spots, so don’t expect to see mass coverage if your city happens to be on the list of cities where 5G is available. In addition, you’ll need a 5G capable phone to access this ultra-fast network. Here’s a list of all the 5G phones that are currently available, along with ones that are either rumored to be coming in 2020 or have an official release date.
Here are the phones available now:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
- OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren
- LG V50 ThinQ 5G
- OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
- Motorola Moto Z4, Z3 or Z2 Force with 5G Moto Mod
You can check out our breakdown of phones by carrier here.
If you’re curious why Apple isn’t on that list, it’s because the manufacturer hasn’t released any details regarding their 5G phones yet. However, that doesn’t mean the rumor mill hasn’t been churning with chatter about the rumored 5G capable phone. One of the leading Apple analysts, Ming-Chi Kuo, predicted that the newest iPhone will be the most expensive one yet, as much as a 30% price increase. The reason being that the components that go into making an iPhone are expected to be 60% more expensive, especially since the phone will need to be 5G capable. If there’s anything we know about Apple, they’re not one to rush to market with a product that hasn’t been fully thought out- especially a phone that’s built around a brand new 5G technology. However, if the past behaviors have been any indicator, it’s likely Apple will have something for consumers in September of 2020, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
If you’re an Android fan, there have been industry-wide whispers thanks to reliable leaker, Evan Blass, of Samsung’s new Galaxy S11 phones that are rumored to launch in February 2020, ahead of Mobile World Congress. There are five suspected phones total, making it the largest launch for the series to date. The headlining phone, Galaxy 11+ is said to replace the Galaxy S10+ and the Galaxy S10 5G to be their leading 5G capable phone. The second phone in the series, Galaxy S11, will be a bit smaller than the Galaxy 11+ and will come in both 5G and 4G LTE capable models. The third and smallest phone, Galaxy S11e will also come with both a 4G LTE and a 5G capable option. You can read a more detailed release on the new Samsung Galaxy series here.
If there’s anything we know, it’s 5G is about to hit the U.S. in a major way in 2020 and the devices are only going to get cooler and faster from here. But unless you’ve got wide-spread 5G coverage in your area, we don’t recommend running out and buying a 5G phone just yet. There are only a handful of 5G capable devices on the market already, but you can expect more to be coming in 2020 and the years to come as 5G sets the new standard for how a phone is built.