5G phones have landed, offering blazing fast speeds that are many times greater than 4G – as long as you have a 5G plan and 5G coverage to go with them.
There are a number of 5G phones available to buy in the UK today on Pay Monthly contracts, or you can buy them outright SIM-free and get a 5G SIM Only deal.
Below you’ll find information on all the currently available 5G handsets, along with frequently asked questions.
1. What 5G phones are currently available?
There are currently 20 phones available in the UK that support 5G. These are the Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G, Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung Galaxy A90 5G, OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus 8, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, LG V50 ThinQ, Huawei Mate 20 X 5G, Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, Huawei P40 Lite, Huawei Mate XS, Motorola Edge 5G, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, Nubia Red Magic 5G and Oppo Reno 5G.
There’s also the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G and A51 5G, both of which have been announced and are hitting stores soon, the Nokia 8.3 5G, which has been announced and is out this summer, the Sony Xperia 1 II, which has also been announced and is expected to land sometime in spring, the TCL 10 5G, which is due out sometime in the third quarter of 2020, the Huawei P40 Pro Plus, landing around June, and the Xiaomi Mi 10 5G and Honor 30 ranges, due out at some point this year.
We’re also expecting to see an influx of Oppo 5G handsets soon, though which ones are still TBC at the time of writing.
All other phones, including all current iPhone models, don't support 5G. So if you don’t already own one of the phones above, you'll need to upgrade to a 5G phone to enjoy the faster speeds offered by 5G networks.
1.1 Samsung 5G Phones
There are currently 9 Samsung 5G phones available to buy now or soon, including the flagship Samsung S20 range, Galaxy Note 10 Plus and the futuristic Galaxy Fold.
Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
The Samsung Galaxy S20 5G is one of a trio of new flagships from Samsung, all of which come in 5G flavours – but note that there’s also a 4G version of this phone, so make sure you buy the right one.
The S20 5G, as well as 5G, stands out through its super sharp and super smooth 6.2-inch 1440 x 3200 Dynamic AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate – which is double what most phones offer.
You also get truly top-end power from its Exynos 990 chipset paired with 12GB of RAM, and there’s a great triple-lens camera, with 12MP main, 64MP telephoto, and 12MP ultra-wide lenses.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 also packs a big 4,000mAh battery, a premium design, and is available from EE, Vodafone, O2, Three, Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile, VOXI and BT Mobile.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S20, just with a much bigger 6.7-inch screen.
It’s also available with more storage (up to 512GB), a fourth rear lens (for depth sensing) and a bigger, 4,500mAh battery.
In most other ways it’s exactly the same, meaning you get top-end power, a dazzling display, a brilliant build, and endless features. In previous years the ‘Plus’ model was Samsung’s top one, and while that position is now taken by the S20 Ultra, the Galaxy S20 Plus still lives up to its name – this is a flagship that should have most others beat, even without 5G.
It's available from EE, Vodafone, O2, Three, Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile, VOXI and BT Mobile.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is Samsung’s ultimate smartphone, and it builds on the brilliance of the rest of the Samsung Galaxy S20 range.
Highlights include an incredible camera setup, with a 108MP main lens, a 48MP periscope lens (capable of 10x hybrid optical zoom and 100x digital zoom), a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and a 0.3MP depth sensor.
There’s also a 40MP camera on the front, plus a 5,000mAh battery and up to 16GB of RAM – which, coupled with the Exynos 990 chipset, should make this the most powerful phone on the planet at the time of writing.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra also has an enormous 6.9-inch 1440 x 3200 display with a 120Hz refresh rate, plus all the other bells and whistles of the S20 range. It’s available from EE, Vodafone, O2, Three, Tesco Mobile, VOXI and Sky Mobile.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G
The Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G is a completely new type of smartphone. It has Samsung's biggest ever screen at 7.3-inches, but uniquely it folds in half so it can easily fit in your pocket and you can still use a 4.6-inch front display when it's in a folded state.
As you'd expect, the rest of the Fold’s specification is cutting-edge and includes 6 cameras, the high-end octa-core Snapdragon 855 processor and 12GB of RAM. It comes pre-loaded with Android 9.0 and of course, it supports 5G.
Such innovation doesn't come cheap, though it does at least ship with a case and Galaxy Buds. If you want it on contract, currently it's available exclusively on EE.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
Samsung has unleashed a true beast in the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, which was Samsung’s most powerful phone of 2019.
The smartphone comes with an octa-core Exynos 9825 processor that outperforms the Galaxy S10 5G and even the Galaxy Fold. It also packs a whopping 12GB of RAM. The power is put to good use by the phone’s 6.8-inch 1440 x 3040 display, which sports stunning contrast thanks to HDR10+ support.
The S10 Plus 5G also has four rear-facing cameras (consisting of a 12MP variable aperture lens, a 12MP telephoto one, a 16MP wide-angle one, and a Time of Flight depth sensor), enabling you to capture the perfect shot in any conditions.
Other standout features include 512GB of onboard memory and IP68 certification making it resistant to dust, dirt, sand, and submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5m underwater for up to thirty minutes. And being a ‘Note’ phone this also comes with Samsung’s S Pen stylus, so you can sketch and take notes as if on a piece of paper. It’s available from EE, Vodafone, Three, O2, BT, Tesco Mobile and Sky.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is a 5G version of the flagship Galaxy S10, but it’s an upgrade in a number of other ways too, including its 6.7-inch QHD+ curved screen, its 4,500mAh battery, and six cameras, with four on the back (a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens, a 12MP lens that can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4, a 16MP ultra-wide f/2.2 lens, and a 3D depth sensor), and two on the front (a 10MP one and a 3D depth sensor).
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is the only one of the S10 range to sport 3D depth sensors and it’s an addition made with 5G in mind, as the technologies combined could help power augmented and virtual reality use cases, among other things.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G also has an in-screen fingerprint scanner, a high-end Exynos 9820 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, plus a premium, water-resistant build. At the time of writing it’s available on EE, Vodafone, O2, Three, BT, VOXI and Sky, so you can get it in a lot of places.
Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G is Samsung's first mid-range 5G phone and as such it’s also one of the cheapest 5G phones you can buy, coming in at little over half the price of both the Galaxy S10 5G and Note 10+ 5G.
But you still get a lot of bang for your buck thanks to a high-end Snapdragon 855 processor, which is used in some of the international versions of the S10, along with 6GB of RAM.
The 6.7-inch AMOLED display has a FHD+ resolution (1,080 x 2,400 pixels), so you won't be lacking for screen space or clarity, and battery life should be excellent as it has a massive 4,500mAh battery - that's bigger than the one in the Galaxy Note 10+ (4,300mAh).
The rear camera is a triple-lens offering with a 48MP main snapper supported by additional lenses for depth-of-field and ultra-wide shots, while you also get a 32MP front-facing camera.
Samsung Galaxy A71 5G and Galaxy A51 5G
Samsung’s most affordable 5G phones yet have been announced in the form of the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G and the even cheaper Samsung Galaxy A51 5G.
Both phones have 4,500mAh batteries, Exynos 980 chipsets and Full HD+ AMOLED screens, but the Galaxy A71 5G is larger at 6.7 inches to the A51’s 6.5 inches.
The Samsung Galaxy A71 5G also charges faster, has more RAM (8GB to the A51 5G’s 6GB) and a better camera configuration. You get a 64MP main camera on the A71 5G and a 48MP one on the Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, but both phones then have 12MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro, and 5MP depth sensors.
1.2 Huawei 5G Phones (plus Honor)
Huawei and Honor have launched 9 5G phones in the UK, which include the stunning Huawei Mate 20 X and the brilliant Huawei P40 range.
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G has a massive 7.2-inch screen (just like the standard, non-5G model), along with a 4,200mAh battery, a triple-lens rear camera (with a 40MP main lens, an 8MP telephoto one and a 20MP ultra-wide one) and a high-end Kirin 980 chipset. So it’s a real flagship but beyond 5G it stands out mostly through its near tablet-sized screen.
It's now available to buy on EE, Vodafone, Three, BT, VOXI and Sky Mobile.
Huawei P40 range
The Huawei P40 and Huawei P40 Pro are Huawei’s rivals to the Samsung Galaxy S20 range, and they’re strong rivals too, not just packing 5G but also a top-tier Kirin 990 chipset, up to 8GB of RAM and 50MP main snappers.
The Huawei P40 Pro’s main camera is joined by three other lenses, and the phone additionally has a 6.58-inch 1200 x 2640 90Hz screen, a 4,200mAh battery, and water resistance, while the standard Huawei P40 has three additional lenses, a 6.1-inch 1080 x 2340 screen and a 3,800mAh battery.
Both phones are great, but notably neither comes with the Google Play Store, so you’ll have to use other stores for your apps.
These two handsets are also set to be joined by the even higher end Huawei P40 Pro Plus, which has even more cameras, but this won’t hit UK stores until at least June.
And if you want something lower end (and therefore a lot more affordable) there’s the Huawei P40 Lite, which has landed with a 6.5-inch 1080 x 2400 screen, an upper mid-range Kirin 820 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 4,000mAh battery, and a quad-lens camera, headlined by a 64MP sensor.
Huawei Mate XS 5G
The Huawei Mate XS is arguably the most polished foldable phone there is at the time of writing, offering a similar form factor to the Samsung Galaxy Fold, but folding in such a way that the main screen is always visible.
That screen measures 8 inches when unfolded, and with a resolution of 2200 x 2480 it’s certainly sharp. When folded shut you still have over 6 inches of screen visible, so this is a very versatile phone, working both as a handset and a tablet.
The Huawei Mate XS also has a top-end Kirin 990 chipset, 8GB of RAM, a quad-lens camera, and a 4,500mAh battery, and because it folds, the main camera can also be used for selfies. The Huawei Mate XS isn’t cheap, but it is a superb glimpse of the future.
Honor 30 range
The Honor 30 range isn’t out yet but it has been announced, and all three models (the Honor 30, Honor 30 Pro, and Honor 30 Pro Plus) come with 5G support.
These can in many ways be seen as slightly lower end and more affordable alternatives to the Huawei P40 range, which is made by the same parent company.
You get a quad-lens camera on each, headlined by either a 40MP or 50MP lens, and they all sport a 4,000mAh battery and a similar design, with an all-screen front.
The Honor 30 then has a 6.53-inch 1080 x 2400 screen, a fairly high-end Kirin 985 chipset, and up to 8GB of RAM. The Honor 30 Pro ups things to a 6.57-inch 1080 x 2340 screen, a top-end Kirin 990 chipset, and 8GB of RAM, and the Honor 30 Pro Plus has a 6.57-inch 1080 x 2340 screen with the addition of a 90Hz refresh rate, plus the same top-end Kirin 990 chipset, but up to 12GB of RAM.
1.3 OnePlus 5G phones
There are currently 3 OnePlus 5G phones available to buy, including the flagship OnePlus 8 Pro and the OnePlus 7 Pro.
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is available on EE and BT, and it was one of the very first 5G phones to launch in the UK. It could be one of the best too, as a report suggests it offers the fastest 5G downloads.
As well as 5G, this phone has a 6.67-inch 1440 x 3120 curved screen with almost no bezel – instead, the selfie camera pops out of the top and the fingerprint scanner is built into the display.
It also has a triple-lens rear camera, with a 48MP main lens, a 16MP wide-angle one and an 8MP telephoto one, plus a 4,000mAh battery, a top-end Snapdragon 855 chipset and 256GB of storage.
So it’s a true 5G flagship, yet it undercuts the Galaxy S10 5G and most other early 5G phones.
OnePlus 8 Pro
The OnePlus 8 Pro comes with 5G as standard and it’s the best phone OnePlus has ever made, with the highlight being its 6.78-inch 1440 x 3168 screen with a 120Hz refresh rate – a refresh rate that’s higher than the vast majority of phones.
The OnePlus 8 Pro also packs a top-end Snapdragon 865 chipset and up to 12GB of RAM, so coupled with 5G nothing will slow it down.
There’s a quad-lens camera too, plus water resistance, a big 4,510mAh battery, wireless charging and up to 256GB of storage.
The OnePlus 8 is one of the more affordable 5G phones, as well as being a much cheaper alternative to the OnePlus 8 Pro, but it still has many similar features to that phone.
There’s a 6.55-inch 1080 x 2400 AMOLED screen with a smooth 90Hz refresh rate, a top-end Snapdragon 865 chipset, up to 12GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, an in-screen fingerprint scanner, and a 4,300mAh battery with fast charging.
The OnePlus 8 also has a triple-lens camera on the back, a stylish metal and glass build, and a slick- bloat-free interface. It’s a true affordable flagship, and a great way to experience 5G.
1.4 Xiaomi 5G Phones
There are currently 2 Xiaomi 5G phones available to buy including the flagship Xiaomi Mi 10 and the more affordable Xiaomi Mi Mix 3.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
The standard Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 was actually announced back in 2018 and back then the company revealed that a 5G model would be launched at some point.
Well, that’s now happened. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G in most other ways is similar to the standard model, but that’s no bad thing. It has a 6.39-inch 1080 x 2340 AMOLED screen, and a slide-out dual-lens selfie camera, which in turn means there’s no notch and almost no bezel.
Additionally, the Mi Mix 3 5G has a powerful Snapdragon 855 chipset, a pair of 12MP cameras on the back, a 3,800mAh battery, a dedicated Google Assistant button, a hybrid cooling system and a ceramic body. Plus, it’s one of the cheaper 5G handsets.
It was also the first one available, as Vodafone launched the phone on May 23rd, 2019. But the Mi Mix 3 5G is also now available on O2 and Three.
Xiaomi Mi 10 5G range
Following on from the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, Xiaomi has now unleashed a trio of other 5G phones, namely the Xiaomi Mi 10 5G, Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G, and Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G.
Contrary to the name, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G may actually be the most exciting of these handsets, as it could give the TCL 10 5G a run for its money as the cheapest 5G phone (though exact UK prices are still to be confirmed at the time of writing).
Of course, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G leads when it comes to specs. This has a 6.67-inch Full HD+ screen, a Snapdragon 865 chipset, up to 12GB of RAM, a quad-lens camera (with a 108MP main sensor), and a 4,500mAh battery.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G meanwhile has a 6.57-inch Full HD+ screen, a Snapdragon 765G chipset, up to 8GB of RAM, a quad-lens camera (with a 48MP main sensor), and a 4,160mAh battery. The standard Xiaomi Mi 10 5G of course takes the middle ground.
All three phones are likely to hit the UK this year, but the standard Xiaomi Mi 10 5G will arrive before the other two.
1.5 Other 5G phones
There are currently upwards of 7 other 5G phones available to buy either now or soon, including offerings from Nokia, Sony, LG and more.
Motorola Edge 5G
The Motorola Edge 5G is an upper mid-range 5G handset with an award-winning design, the highlight of which is a steeply curved screen.
That screen is big at 6.7 inches and has a 1080 x 2340 resolution, a 90Hz refresh rate, and HDR10 support. The Motorola Edge 5G also has a 4,500mAh battery, 128GB of storage, 6GB of RAM, and a quad-lens camera, with a 64MP main sensor, a 16MP ultra-wide one, an 8MP telephoto one, and a depth sensor.
Really the only part of it that isn’t high-end is the Snapdragon 765 chipset, but that’s still fairly fast and powerful.
Nokia 8.3 5G
The Nokia 8.3 5G is the first 5G phone from the brand and it has two big things going for it: price and wide 5G compatibility.
It supports more 5G bands than any other phone at the time of writing, meaning you should be able to get the maximum possible performance from 5G networks in most parts of the world.
As for price, while a UK price hasn’t been confirmed yet, based on the price in euros it’s likely to start at around £550 SIM free, which is cheap for a 5G phone.
Beyond that, the Nokia 8.3 5G has a 6.81-inch 1080 x 2400 screen, an upper mid-range Snapdragon 765G chipset, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of storage, and a 4,500mAh battery.
It also has a quad-lens rear camera, comprised of a 64MP main lens, a 12MP ultra-wide one, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro one. 5G credentials aside it’s not quite as high-end as most phones on this list, but at its price it doesn’t need to be. You’ll be able to buy the Nokia 8.3 5G from sometime in summer 2020.
Sony Xperia 1 II
The Sony Xperia 1 II is Sony’s main flagship for 2020 and it comes packing 5G. But more than that, it’s seemingly built almost from the ground up with 5G in mind.
That’s because its sharp 6.5-inch 1644 x 3840 HDR 21:9 screen is ideal for 4K content, which you can stream and download rapidly over 5G. Similarly, its stereo speakers and high-res audio make it ideal for high-quality music, which again benefits from the speed of 5G.
Its quad-lens camera is also designed with rapid shooting in mind, so you can take loads of photos and upload or share them in a flash over 5G.
The Sony Xperia 1 II is also very powerful, thanks to its top-end Snapdragon 865 chipset and 8GB of RAM, plus it has a big 4,000mAh battery, 256GB of storage, a premium metal and glass design, and water resistance. So it should be one of the best 5G phones that doesn’t have ‘Galaxy’ in the name. It’s not available to buy just yet at the time of writing, but should hit UK stores in the first half of 2020.
LG V50 ThinQ
The LG V50 ThinQ is LG’s first 5G phone and as well as 5G it has a 6.4-inch 1440 x 3120 screen, a high-end Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and a triple lens rear camera, with a 12MP standard lens, a 12MP telephoto one and a 16MP ultra-wide one.
It also has a 4,000mAh battery and stereo speakers, with the latter boosted by DTS:X technology which can create a surround sound-like experience, while aptX and aptX HD audio technology are used to improve the sound when using headphones.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the V50 ThinQ though – other than its 5G – is its optional DualScreen accessory, which lets you clip a second 6.2-inch screen to the device, one which can be used independently, bringing the LG V50 ThinQ a bit closer to being a folding phone. It’s out now on EE.
Oppo Reno 5G
The Oppo Reno 5G is another 5G phone that you can now buy in the UK, and it’s available now on EE, O2 and BT.
The Oppo Reno 5G has a 6.6-inch 1080 x 2340 AMOLED screen, a 16MP pop-up selfie camera, and a triple-lens rear camera, with a 48MP main lens, a 13MP telephoto lens (capable of 10x lossless zoom) and an 8MP wide-angle lens.
The phone has a high-end Snapdragon 855 chipset, 8GB of RAM, a 4,065mAh battery, and an in-screen fingerprint scanner.
Beyond the Oppo Reno 5G, a number of other Oppo 5G phones are likely to land soon, as Vodafone has partnered with the company.
Exactly which ones we’ll see is still to be confirmed at the time of writing, but they’re likely to include the Oppo Find X2, which has a 6.7-inch 1440 x 3168 screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, a top-tier Snapdragon 865 chipset, up to 12GB of RAM, a triple-lens camera, and a 4,200mAh battery.
TCL 10 5G
The TCL 10 5G looks set to be the cheapest 5G phone yet when it hits stores later in 2020, as SIM-free it will cost just £399.
For that money you’ll get not just 5G, but also a 6.53-inch 1080 x 2340 screen, a Snapdragon 765G chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a quad-lens camera headlined by a 64MP sensor, and a 4,500mAh battery.
So this is an upper mid-range handset at a price that would be reasonable even without 5G in the mix.
Nubia Red Magic 5G
The Nubia Red Magic 5G might have 5G in the name, but really it’s all about gaming – though that’s something 5G can certainly help with, as all that speed will give you an edge in multiplayer.
So what makes this a gaming phone? For one thing it has physical shoulder buttons you can use as triggers, plus a built-in cooling fan so your phone doesn’t overheat.
There’s loads of power too, thanks to a top-end Snapdragon 865 chipset and up to 12GB of RAM, and games look great on its 6.65-inch 1080 x 2340 screen, which has an unparalleled 144Hz refresh rate.
The Nubia Red Magic 5G also has a triple-lens camera, a 4,500mAh battery, customisable RGB lighting, and undercuts a lot of 5G phones.
2. Frequently Asked Questions
2.1 When will Apple launch the iPhone 5G?
Apple is expected to release a 5G iPhone in September 2020. This won’t be a special 5G phone, rather one or more models of its standard iPhone 12 (or whatever its next flagship range launches as) will probably support 5G.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t confirmed yet, but has been heavily rumoured. For full details on Apple’s first 5G phone, check out our 5G iPhone guide.
2.2 Is my phone 5G-ready?
If you have one of the phones listed above then it should be (though in a few cases there are both 4G and 5G versions of handsets, so you should still double check your phone’s paperwork).
If you don’t have one of the handsets above then it probably won’t support 5G and you’ll need to buy a new phone to get 5G.
Note that if you buy one of the phones directly from the links above it will always be the 5G model.
2.3 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 Motorola Edge 5G, Huawei P40 Lite 5G, Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, Samsung Galaxy A71 5G, Oppo Reno 5G, Samsung Galaxy A90 5G, and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G. The TCL 10 5G will also be very cheap when it hits stores.
2.4 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 S20 Ultra. This is Samsung’s latest and greatest flagship.
However, depending on what you want from your phone you might prefer something else, such as the Sony Xperia 1 II with its super sharp screen, or the Samsung Galaxy Fold with its foldable display.
2.5 Are any dual-SIM 5G phones available?
Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S20 range all support dual-SIM, as does the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung Galaxy A90 5G, Samsung Galaxy A71 5G, Galaxy A51 5G, Sony Xperia 1 II, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, Motorola Edge 5G, LG V50 ThinQ, Xiaomi Mi 10 range, Huawei P40 Pro range, and Huawei Mate 20 X 5G.
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