Frequently Asked Questions
Which iPhones support 5G?
All four iPhone 12 models support 5G, but at the time of writing no other Apple phones do.
The iPhone 12 is Apple’s latest main iPhone, standing out as a great middle ground between the iPhone 12 Pro and the compact iPhone 12 Mini.
It has a 6.1-inch OLED screen, a dual-lens camera, a premium design, and truly top-end power from its A14 Bionic chipset. The iPhone 12 Mini is a very similar phone, but it’s a lot more compact at 5.4 inches, and therefore costs less.
The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are Apple’s top phones in two different sizes – the Pro has a 6.1-inch screen, while the Max has a 6.7-inch one.
Other than the potentially bigger screen, the main way these stand out from the rest of the iPhone 12 range is in the cameras. They have an extra lens (a telephoto one), and even a LiDAR scanner, which should lead to next-level augmented reality experiences.
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Which Samsung phones support 5G?
There are many Samsung 5G phones, 17 of which are readily available to buy in the UK at the time of writing, including the flagship Samsung Galaxy S21 and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 ranges, and the futuristic Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. Key handsets include those in the chart below.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 range consists of the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra, and these are Samsung’s main flagships for 2021.
All three phones are tremendously powerful, but they’re also cheaper than their predecessors were at launch, so they’re a relative bargain.
They have OLED screens with 120Hz refresh rates, and while the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus have a triple-lens camera, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a quad-lens one, with up to 10x optical zoom.
The S21 Ultra also supports Samsung’s S Pen stylus, which used to be exclusive to the Note range, and it has a pin-sharp 6.8-inch 1440 x 3200 screen. The other two models aren’t quite a match for that, but they’re also more affordable, and still thoroughly high-end in terms of specs and features.
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What is the cheapest 5G phone?
The very cheapest will fluctuate over time, but the lowest price options available at the time of writing include the Oppo A54 5G, which is around £220, closely followed by the Moto G 5G Plus, the OnePlus Nord N10 5G and the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, which start at just £250 SIM-free. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G and Realme X50 5G are a similar price but aren’t as widely available.
However, other very affordable options include the OnePlus Nord, Samsung Galaxy A42 5G, Oppo A74 5G, and the Huawei P40 Lite 5G, with the Pixel 4a 5G, Oppo Find X2 Lite, Motorola Edge 5G, TCL 10 5G, and Samsung Galaxy A51 5G being almost as affordable.
What is the best 5G phone?
The best 5G phone is somewhat subjective, but at the time of writing the best overall is likely the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. This is Samsung’s top entry in the S21 range.
However, depending on what you want from your phone you might prefer something else, such as the iPhone 12 Pro Max with its Samsung-rivalling specs, or the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 with its foldable display.
Are any dual-SIM 5G phones available?
Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S21 range all support dual-SIM, as does the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 range, the Galaxy S20 range, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung Galaxy A90 5G, Samsung Galaxy A71 5G, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A42 5G, the iPhone 12 range, Google Pixel 5, Google Pixel 4a 5G, Sony Xperia 1 II, Xperia 5 II, OnePlus 9 range, OnePlus 8T, OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus 8, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, OnePlus Nord, OnePlus Nord N10 5G, Motorola Edge 5G, Moto G 5G Plus, ZTE Axon 20 5G, LG V50 ThinQ, Xiaomi Mi 11, Xiaomi Mi 10 range, Oppo Find X3 range, Oppo A54 5G, Oppo A74 5G, Oppo A94 5G, Oppo Reno 4 Z 5G, Oppo Reno 4 Pro 5G, Oppo Find X2, Oppo Find X2 Pro, Oppo Find X2 Lite, Huawei Mate 40 Pro, Huawei P40 Pro range, Huawei Mate 20 X 5G, Realme X50 5G, Realme X50 Pro 5G, Asus ROG Phone 3 and 5, Lenovo Legion Phone Duel and Duel 2, and TCL 10 5G.
Note however that in some cases single-SIM versions may be sold as well, so if this is something you care about, double check the specs of the model you’re buying.
Also note that in the case of the iPhones and Pixels, along with some Oppo and Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S21 range, the second SIM is an eSIM, not a physical one.