5G Phones

5G phones have landed, offering blazing fast speeds that are many times greater than 4G. There are several 5G phones available to buy in the UK today on Pay Monthly contracts, or SIM-free with a 5G SIM Only deal.

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What 5G phones are currently available?

There are currently eight phones available in the UK that support 5G. These are the Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G, Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, LG V50 ThinQ, Huawei Mate 20 X 5G, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G and Oppo Reno 5G.

5G Phone

UK Release Date

Price

Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G

Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G

September 2019 ~£2000

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G

August 2019

£1099

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

June 2019

£1099

Oneplus 7 Pro 5G

OnePlus 7 Pro 5G

May 2019

£649

LG V50 ThinQ 5G

LG V50 ThinQ

June 2019

£699

Huawei Mate 20 X 5G

Huawei Mate 20 X 5G

July 2019

£999

Oppo Reno 5G

Oppo Reno 5G

April 2019

£799

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G

July 2019

£749

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.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G

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 the uniquely it folds in half so it can easily fit in your pocket and you can still use a 4.6-inch display when it's in a folded state.

As you'd expect the rest of the smartphones specification is cutting-edge and includes 6 cameras, the latest Octa-core processor and 12GB of RAM. It comes pre-loaded with Android 9.0 and supports 5G!

Such innovation doesn't come cheap as the Galaxy Fold 5G is expected to retail at around £2000 SIM-free and ships with a case and Galaxy Buds, but currently it's only available exclusively on EE Pay Monthly contracts.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G Deals

Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G

Samsung has unleashed a true beast in the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, which is the newest 5G phone to be unveiled at the time of writing and far and away the most powerful.

The smartphone comes with a new octa-core Exynos 9825 processor that outperforms the Galaxy S10 5G and 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 and O2.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G Deals

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G

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Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

The highest profile 5G handset is arguably the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. This 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 and O2, with Three set to stock the phone soon too.

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Deals

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

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Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

10GB data

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View all Galaxy S10 5G deals on EE or Vodafone

OnePlus 7 Pro 5G

OnePlus 7 Pro 5G

The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is available on EE, 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 7 Pro 5G Deals

OnePlus 7 Pro 5G

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OnePlus 7 Pro 5G

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60GB data

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View all OnePlus 7 Pro 5G deals on EE

LG V50 ThinQ

LG V50 ThinQ 5G

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 top-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.

LG V50 ThinQ Deals

LG V50 ThinQ

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Huawei Mate 20 X 5G

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 and Vodafone, as well as on Three on a 5G Ready plan, but you won't be able to access 5G on Three until later this year, with the network due to launch 5G in 25 cities before the end of 2019.

Huawei Mate 20 X 5G Deals

Huawei Mate 20X

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Huawei Mate 20X

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Huawei Mate 20X

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Oppo Reno 5G

Oppo Reno 5G

The Oppo Reno 5G is another 5G phone that you can now buy in the UK – though only on EE, as that’s the exclusive network partner for the device.

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 top-end Snapdragon 855 chipset, 8GB of RAM, a 4,065mAh battery, and an in-screen fingerprint scanner.

Oppo Reno 5G Deals

Oppo Reno 5G

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

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, at just €599 (around £520) or from £50 per month on Vodafone, it’s one of the cheapest initial 5G handsets..

It was also the first one available, as Vodafone launched the phone on May 23rd. At the time of writing Vodafone is the only network to stock it, but the Mi Mix 3 5G will be coming to Three and O2 as well.

Xiaomi Mix 3 5G Deals

Xiaomi Mix 3 5G

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What 5G phones are coming soon?

The Huawei Mate X, ZTE Axon 10 Pro and Vivo iQOO Pro 5G have been officially announced, but are yet to go on sale in the UK. You can read about them below.

5G Phone

UK Release Date

Price

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

October 4th 2019 ~£600 (TBC)

Huawei Mate X

Huawei Mate X

November 2019

£2000

ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G

ZTE Axon 10 Pro

TBC

TBC

Vivo IQOO Pro 5G

Vivo iQOO Pro 5G

TBC

TBC

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G is Samsung's first mid-range device that is 5G Ready and will launch in the UK on October 4th and be priced around £600, which is almost half the price of both the Galaxy S10 5G and Note 10+ 5G (£1099).

But you still get a lot of bang for your buck with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, which is used in some of the international versions of the S10, and 6 or 8GB of RAM. 

The 6.7-inch AMOLED display runs at FHD+ resolution (1,080 x 2,400 pixels), so you won't be lacking for screen-space and battery life should be excellent as it has a massive 4500mAH battery - that's bigger than the Galaxy Note 10+ (4300mAH).

The rear-camera is a triple-camera offering with a 48 mega-pixel snapper supported by additonal lenses for depth-of-field and ultra-wide shots, while you also get a 32-megapixel front-facing camera.

Huawei Mate X

Huawei Mate X

The Huawei Mate X is another very exciting 5G phone that’s already been announced. In fact, it’s even more exciting than the Galaxy S10 5G, but also more niche. That’s because it also has a folding screen and is set to cost €2,299 (around £2,000).

The Mate X can be used as phone-sized device with a 6.6-inch screen on one side and a 6.4-inch one on the other, or it can be opened out into an 8-inch 2200 x 2480 tablet-sized device.

It has an OLED screen, three cameras, a super-powerful octa-core Kirin 980 chipset, 8GB of RAM, a massive 4,500mAh battery, and 512GB of storage, so this is a top-end handset even before you factor in the 5G or folds. EE, Three and Vodafone had all confirmed plans to stock the Mate X at some point this year, with Vodafone saying it will arrive this summer. According to Huawei, the phone will land by November.

ZTE Axon 10 Pro

ZTE Axon 5G

The ZTE Axon 10 Pro is another top-end phone that also supports 5G. It has a 6.47-inch 1080 x 2340 AMOLED screen, 6GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 855 chipset, barely any bezel and – like most current 5G phones – it uses the Snapdragon X50 5G modem.

There are three cameras on the back, namely a 48MP main lens, a 20MP ultra-wide-angle one and an 8MP telephoto one. Plus the ZTE Axon 10 Pro has a 4,000mAh battery, an in-screen fingerprint scanner, and AI smarts, which allow the phone to automatically adjust the CPU, GPU, RAM and ROM as needed. We don’t know what the ZTE Axon 10 Pro will cost, but you should be able to buy it before long.

Vivo iQOO Pro 5G

Vivi IQOO Pro 5G

Vivo has announced the Vivo iQOO Pro 5G, a phone with a 6.41-inch Full HD+ screen, super-fast charging and a Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, along with a triple-lens rear camera (with 48MP, 13MP and 2MP lenses), a 4,500mAh battery, up to 12GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage.

However, there’s no word on UK availability and it’s worth noting that Vivo handsets aren’t often widely available in the UK, so you might have to import it.

Are there any rumoured 5G phones?

As you can see in the table below a number of other manufacturers are known or rumoured to be working on 5G phones. 

Manufacturer

Phone model Rumoured announcement
Honor Honor V30

Late 2019

Apple

To Be confirmed 2020

Sony

To be confirmed

TBC

Huawei

Huawei Mate 30 5G (TBC) October TBC

Samsung

Galaxy A90 5G (TBC) 2019 TBC

Xiaomi (Black Shark)

To be confirmed 2019

Motorola

To be confirmed TBC

Apple

There has been lots of talk about a 5G iPhone, but most of it suggests that 2020’s model will support 5G, rather than this year’s, with the latest news on that front suggesting that all three 2020 iPhones will support 5G. That’s according to Ming-Chi Kuo (an analyst with a great track record) and reported on by MacRumors.

So our best guess for now is that the first 5G iPhone will be the iPhone 12 (or whatever Apple calls it) and that it will land around September 2020, but there’s an outside chance that the iPhone 11, expected around September 2019, will support 5G.

If it is the iPhone 11, then rumours for it include a triple-lens rear camera, a 5.8-inch screen, smaller bezels and notch than the iPhone XS, a 4,000mAh battery, a USB-C port, and a 10MP front camera.

The iPhone 12 meanwhile will probably get all of that (if the iPhone 11 does) and may also have a 3D rear camera that uses lasers to function, as well as new screen sizes, with 5.4, 6.1 and 6.7-inch sizes rumoured.

There’s also an outside chance that we might be waiting until 2021 for a 5G iPhone, especially as Apple has seemingly had issues finding a 5G modem supplier capable of manufacturing enough, but 2020 remains our best guess for now, with Qualcomm in the driving seat, despite the two companies’ legal issues.

Honor

Honor is also known to be working on a 5G phone called the Honor V30 (likely to be called the Honor View 30 outside China), and having previously said that it aims to be the first to market, has now switched to saying its 5G phone will land by the end of 2019.

We don’t know anything about the phone yet, but we’ll update you once we do.

Vivo

Then there’s Vivo. The company has confirmed that it’s working on a 5G handset using its Vivo Nex device as the basis.

Since then it has announced the Vivo iQOO Pro 5G, a phone with super-fast charging and a Snapdragon 855 or possibly Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset. Other details are light, but it’s set to land (at least in some countries) in late August.

It’s also worth noting that Vivo handsets aren’t often widely available in the UK, so you might have to import it.

Sony

Sony hasn’t specifically confirmed a 5G phone, but it has come very close, talking a lot in blog posts and presentations about 5G technology (in one case mentioning both 5G and phones in the same presentation slide). So we might see a 5G phone from the company in 2019.

However, we might well be waiting longer, as Sony has previously gone on record recently saying that it doesn’t want to rush to launch a 5G handset and will probably only launch one when there’s a need from networks and customers. As yet we don’t know much about the company’s 5G phone, but there are rumours that it will be foldable.

Huawei

We also might soon see additional 5G phones from Huawei. As exciting as the Mate X is, it’s also too expensive for most buyers, while the Mate 20 X is likely to be a bit big for most users, so it would make sense for Huawei to support a mainstream device with 5G.

Most promisingly on that front, the company has said that’s it’s considering adding 5G to the Huawei Mate 30 range (likely landing in October).

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is expected to be a top-end handset with at least four rear cameras and a Kirin 990 chipset (which is so new it’s not out yet).

Samsung

Following the Galaxy S10 5G and Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, Samsung is also rumoured to be working on a more affordable 5G phone dubbed the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G (or possibly the Galaxy A91 5G). This is likely to land soon, but while it should be a step down from those phones, rumours still point to near flagship specs.

Black Shark

Black Shark (the gaming-phone brand from Xiaomi) has confirmed that it is also launching a 5G phone soon – probably this year.

It hasn’t said anything about the handset yet, but being a gaming phone it’s sure to have lots of power and a great screen.

The company has also announced plans to launch a 5G phone under its Redmi brand. This will probably be relatively affordable and be called the Redmi K30.

Motorola

Motorola is also worth a mention here, as the company also has a 5G Moto Mod, which can add 5G to its Moto Z3 and Moto Z4 handsets. So they’re not proper 5G phones (and neither they nor the mod are available in the UK), but they show the company is interested in the tech, so we wouldn’t be surprised if we see a true 5G handset from it before too long.

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