We’ve all heard of 5G, thanks to its widespread coverage across the media. While it’s obvious enough that 5G is a major upgrade to 4G, so many of us still have questions.
What is it? Why should you care? And what are the best phones available that are capable of supporting it?
We’ll answer all three questions below.
What is 5G and why should you care?
The first 5G networks were activated in Britain more than one year ago, and the country’s top four networks (Vodafone, O2, Three, EE) already offer it. However, it’s not available everywhere in the UK — yet.
Phone-users in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Birkenhead, Cardiff, Liverpool, and more than 70 other cities or towns can all access 5G at the time of writing.
How is 5G better than 4G? It has the potential to be much faster. While 4G tends to offer speeds of approximately 20Mbps (Megabytes per second), 5G is designed to boost this to a jaw-dropping 10Gbps. Realistically, that won’t always be the case, so we should all expect slightly slower speeds than the maximum available.
Still, 5G is poised to transform phone-users data-based browsing and connectivity. If you’re in an area equipped for 5G, you’re sure to notice the difference within moments.
Just think how much faster you’ll be able to download songs, reply to friends on Facebook, read attachments, and browse your favorite websites or apps when you’re away from a Wi-Fi connection.
For example, Vodafone switched 5G on at Manchester Airport early in July 2020 for a trial, before the larger launch in 2021.
What phones support 5G?
Any smartphones designed to connect to 5G will need an internal 5G modem, which is missing from most smartphones on the market as of July 2020.
However, some 5G smartphones have been announced for an upcoming release or are actually already available if you plan to check mobile deals online. The Samsung Galaxy S20 and S10 can connect to 5G, as can the Samsung Note10+. Samsung’s A90 and capable of connecting to 5G, as are its OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro.
Beyond Samsung, other brands are stepping onto the 5G playing field, too.
Huawei is targeting 5G-users with its Mate 20 and innovative, foldable Mate X 5G network phone.
Oppo’s Reno 5G and Find X2 Pro phones are both capable of connecting to 5G, offering customers even more variety.
Sony’s Xperia 1 II is 5G-friendly, as is the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3.
Finally, Motorola’s Moto G smartphone offers users more affordable 5G access, catering to budget-conscious consumers in the UK.
As you can see, there’s already an impressive range of 5G-enabled phones either available to buy or due to be released in the near future. And there’s still plenty of time to get on board.
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