In the second half of 2018, we have seen companies like Qualcomm and Huawei launching their 5G modems for future smartphones. As expected the company started launching the first-gen 5G smartphones from early 2019, even before the 5G network rollout. However, the 5G services are now available across the US, South Korea, and China. With the 5G smartphones, the users can experience faster data speeds, better stability in the network, and lower latency. Below, is the list of all 5G smartphones which are now officially launched in these selected markets.
Moto Z3 + 5G Moto Mod
Motorola launched the Moto Z3 smartphone with the Moto Mods support in 2018. Later, the company also unveiled the 5G Moto Mod which can be attached to the Moto Z3 for accessing the 5G network. Now, Verizon is offering 5G services for the Moto Z3 users who also ordered 5G Moto Mod. The Moto Z3 users with an unlimited Verizon plan can get the Moto Mod for just $50 if they sign up for the 5G service which costs an additional $10 per month. The Moto Z3 comes powered by the last-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform. However, the 5G Moto Mod adds support for the sub-6 GHz frequency band for accessing the 5G network.
Apart from 5G, the 5G Moto Mod is also backward compatible for accessing Cat.20 4G LTE connectivity support. The Moto Mod itself sports a 2,000mAh battery that can be charged using the USB type-C port. While the Moto Z3 measures 6.75 mm thick and weighs 156 grams, the 5G Moto Mod is 7.1 mm thick and adds an additional 127 grams weight. Verizon will be expanding the 5G Ultra Wideband wireless network to more than 30 cities in the coming months. As of now, the Moto Z3 + 5G Moto Mod is the only way to experience 5G speeds on a smartphone in the US.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Earlier this year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S10 5G smartphone alongside the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy S10e, and Galaxy Fold smartphones. The company recently launched its first ever 5G smartphone in South Korea. It will be available in the US via Verizon starting May 16th. Unlike for the Moto Z3 users, Verizon will initially offer 5G services for free to Galaxy S10 5G. It is the world’s first true 5G smartphone to be commercially launched. The device comes with a large 6.7-inch AMOLED display with Quad HD+ resolution. It comes powered by the 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and sports Snapdragon X50 5G modem.
The device will be available only with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It also sports a bigger 4,500mAh battery and supports 25W fast charging. Unlike other Galaxy S10 devices, the Galaxy S10 5G lacks the MicroSD card slot for storage expansion and also dual SIM support. It comes with the same triple rear cameras and dual front cameras as seen on the Galaxy S10 Plus. However, the company additionally added a ToF 3D sensor on the front and rear. In the US, the Galaxy S10 5G is already available for pre-orders via Verizon for USD 1,300 (approx INR 90,500).
Huawei Mate X 5G
At the MWC 2019, Huawei announced the world’s first 5G foldable smartphone called Mate X. The company’s products roadmap revealed the Mate X 5G to be launched in the month of July in China. As of now, the Huawei hasn’t revealed the pricing of its first-ever foldable smartphone. It comes powered by the in-house HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset built on 7nm FinFET node and uses its own Balong 5000 5G modem. Talking about the other details, the device offers 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 512GB of flash storage. It also offers expandable storage option using the proprietary NM (nano-memory) card.
The Huawei Mate X comes with a large 8-inch OLED display which can be folded outward. When folded, it offers 6.6-inch and 6.38-inch displays on the front and rear. It only comes with a triple camera setup featuring a 40MP primary camera, a 16MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. These triple cameras can also be used for capturing selfies, but only when the display is folded. It also comes with a side-facing fingerprint scanner. The device is backed by a 4,500mAh non-removable battery and also supports 55W SuperCharge fast charging technology.
LG V50 ThinQ
This year, LG came up with two flagship smartphones – LG G8 ThinQ and LG V50 ThinQ. However, only the LG V50 ThinQ comes with 5G support. It was supposed to launch in South Korea by now, but the company postponed the launch in the last minute. The company said it needs time to further optimize the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and the Snapdragon X50 5G modem to offer best in class experience. It is also mentioned to be closely working with Qualcomm and local Korean carries. LG will be announcing a new release date for the LG V50 ThinQ very soon. Even the Galaxy S10 5G users are facing connectivity issues while switching between 5G and LTE networks.
It comes with a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Quad HD+ (3120 x 1440 pixels) resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The company also announced a new case which adds a secondary display. Just like 5G smartphones, the LG V50 ThinQ is also powered by 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and packs 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 flash storage. There is also a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion. It comes with 12MP + 16MP + 12MP triple camera setup on the rear and 8MP + 5MP dual camera setup on the front. The device is also MIL-STD 810G certified for its durability and IP68 certified for water and dust resistance.
OPPO Reno 5G
OPPO Reno 5G is the same OPPO Reno 10x Zoom smartphone with an additional 5G modem. It comes with the same 6.6-inch notch-less AMOLED display with Full HD+ (2340 × 1080 pixels) resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. Even the shark-fin pop-up camera can also be seen on this device. It comes powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform coupled with Kryo 485 CPU, Adreno 640 GPU, and Snapdragon X50 5G modem. The device only comes in 8GB RAM variant with 256GB of internal storage. It runs on the latest ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie.
The device sports triple rear cameras featuring 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.7 aperture, a 13MP periscope-style telephoto sensor with f/3.0 aperture, and an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture. It offers 10x lossless zoom and comes with dual OIS. For selfies, there is a 16MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture. It is backed by a 4,065mAh non-removable battery and supports VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge technology. The device will be first available in China and Switzerland. In Europe, the OPPO Reno 5G will be exclusively coming to Swisscom with a price tag of EUR 899 (approx INR 70,400).
Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G
At the MWC 2019, Xiaomi launched the Mi MIX 3 5G smartphone. It is basically the same Mi MIX 3 smartphone launched last year but now comes with Snapdragon X50 modem. In Europe, the Mi MIX 3 5G will be costing EUR 599 (approx USD 670 / INR 46,800). The device comes with the sliding design and sports 3D curved glass body. Even though the Mi MIX 3 and Mi MIX 3 5G measures same, the 5G variant comes with a bigger 3,800mAh battery. It comes with a 6.39-inch Full HD+ (2340 × 1080 pixels) and is powered by the latest Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform.
Apart from the battery and processor, all the other specifications remain the same on both the variants. It packs 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and comes in 64GB and 128GB storage variants. The device runs on Android 9.0 Pie based MIUI 10 out of the box. It sports dual 12MP cameras on the rear with 4-axis OIS, 2x optical zoom and 960 fps slo-mo video support. For selfies, there is a 24MP + 2MP dual selfie cameras. It measures 157.89 x 74.69 x 8.46 mm and weighs 218 grams. The device also supports Quick Charge 4.0+ fast charging and 10W Qi wireless charging.
Huawei Mate 20 X
As said earlier, the Huawei Mate X is the world’s first 5G foldable smartphone. While it will be priced around USD 2000, the company will also launch an affordable 5G smartphone. The Mate 20 X 5G is an upgrade to the last year’s Mate 20 X smartphone. It will now feature Balong 5000 multi-mode 5G chipset. However, the company is also making a few other tweaks to the device. While the Mate 20 X came with a 5,000mAh battery, the upcoming Mate 20 X 5G will come with smaller 4,2000mAh. However, the company will now add 40W fast charging support to the 5G variant.
The Mate 20 X 5G comes with a 7.2-inch waterdrop notch display with Full HD+ (2244 x 1080 pixels) resolution and HDR playback support. Under the hood, it comes powered by the 7nm HiSilicon Kirin 980 octa-core processor and packs 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Talking about the cameras, it sports triple camera setup featuring a 40MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 20MP ultra-wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture, an 8MP telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture. On the front is a 24MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture.
In the coming months, we will be seeing even more 5G smartphone like the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, Huawei Mate 30 5G, and more. We will be updating with the newly launched 5G phones every month. Stay tuned on Phone Radar for more details!