Top 10 Best 5G Phones to Buy in 2020

We are inching close to the hyper-connected smart world thanks to the upcoming 5G technology. The fifth generation of cellular mobile communications would be a successor to the 4G network we are currently consuming. In India, you can expect 5G to go mainstream by 2020 or 2021, but 5G phones are already here well ahead in advance.

by Hari Aditya

Updated: Apr 10, 2020 16:34 IST

Tags: 5G Tech Tech
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5G the New Era

Due to the new 5G technologies, we are inching close to the super wired mobile planet. The fifth wave of mobile wireless networks will be a counterpart to the 4G network we now use. Throughout India, by 2020 or 2021, you can anticipate 5G to go mainstream, but 5G apps are now far ahead of you.

What improvements do 5G bring to the table?

  • Greater speed, projected at 10-100 x faster than 4G (Strictly speaking the average speeds would be better than what we get with 4G).

  • Better stability in connection

  • Lower latency indicating shorter response time from servers which would make 5G useful for critical applications like self-driving cars, robotic surgeries, etc.

  • Higher bandwidth facilitates the handling of more devices in a network.

The consequences go beyond speedier surfing and uploading. 5G would allow the internet more secure and ready for prime time technologies such as Virtual Reality interaction, edge computing, and improved web-based content distribution. We discussed 5G in complete depth in a separate article, if you are interested.

Dual-mode 5G

The term dual-mode 5G is being marketed a lot in 2020. This is because the first wave of Snapdragon X50 modem-based 5G phones in 2019 had single-mode 5G or support for non- standalone (NSA) deployment. Both the latest 5G modems have complete 5G support in 2020-both NSA and SA-and will be sold as 5G dual-mode mobile. In fact, dual-mode compatibility doesn't mean anything as of now, nearly all 5G networks still follow NSA architecture. Perhaps getting SA help allows your phone more evidence of the future. Perhaps not.

List of best 5G phones available in 2020

In case you plan on sticking with your phone for a couple of years and don't want to miss on next-gen cellular connectivity when it arrives, here's a list of 5G phones that you may consider.

1. Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra

Samsung's first set of flagships is expectedly powered by 5G enabled chipsets. In the U.S., the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra are powered by Snapdragon 865 octa-core chipset with discrete X55 modem that supports 5G NR sub-6 (both SA and NSA) and mmWave. In other regions, the Galaxy S20 troika employs Exynos 990 with Exynos Modem 5123 which supports NSA and SA 5G. The Exynos 5 G modem lacks support for mmWave, but that's perfect as Samsung will only introduce the Exynos version in regions where mmWave implementation is not on the cards. For now, the S20 series will endorse LTE only in India.

2. Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 10

Xiaomi's first Snapdragon 865 phones — Mi 10 Pro and Mi 10 — are both 5G ready and will be coming to India in 2020. These phones also have 108MP primary rear cameras, LPDDR5 RAM, Wi-Fi 6 and 6.67" AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. The Mi 10 Pro and Mi 10 house their selfie snappers within the frame, in a punch-hole cutout. Xiaomi has announced it will carry these phones to India, but they will adopt a different pricing pattern (that is, they won't be heavily priced).

3. iQOO 3

iQOO 3 is a heavily armed handset that brandishes cutting-edge performance hardware including Snapdragon 865 octa-core chipset, LPDDR5 RAM and IJFS 3.1 storage. This is India's first iQOO company and maybe the country's first 5G handset too. As with all SD 865 mobile, discrete X55 modem performs the 5G portion. Certain highlights include a punch-hole monitor, quad-rear 64MP cameras and a 10-based Android app.

4. Realme X50 Pro 5G and 5G

Realme X50 5G was officially announced on January 7 in China, and the brand's first 2020 flagship, the X50 Pro 5G, will be globally unveiled on February 24. The X50 Pro 5G will be powered by Snapdragon 865 octa-core chipset and support 50W VOOC fast charging. The Realme X50 5 G is the first realme phone operated by an octa-core Snapdragon 765 chipset. The smartphone is said to have a punch-hole camera and a fingerprint reader that is installed sideways.

5. Oppo Reno 3 Pro and Reno 3

Both the Oppo Reno 3 Pro and Oppo Reno 3 have full 5G support. The Pro variant is powered by the Snapdragon 765G and the regular is powered by Mediatek Reno 3 Dimensity 1000L. The Pro model also gets a swankier monitor with side curves and a triangular notch, and the new Android 10 powered color OS 7 is run on both models. Interestingly, a higher resolution sensor (64MP vs 48MP) is obtained from the base unit.

6. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is as the name indicates just a 5G fork of the new flagship. It carries the same specs dot to dot. The underlying processor is Snapdragon 855 (in the U.S.) and Exynos 9825 in other markets including India. The performance is backed by up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of onboard storage. The front snapper is 10MP. And as for the rear, like the standard Note 10 Plus, you get a quad-camera configuration with a main 12MP sensor, a 12MP 2x optical zoom shot, an ultra-wide 16MP sensor and finally a 3D VGA TOF sensor. Last year, Samsung also introduced a 5 G version of Galaxy SIC), which was published in select markets like the United States, South Korea, Australia, and Europe

7. Vivo X30 Pro and X30

The Vivo X30 Pro and are both powered by Samsung's Exynos 880 chipset that comes with an integrated 5G modem that supports dual-mode 5G and can deliver up to 3.5Gbps download speed. Both of these phones have HDR compliant AMOLED displays with in-display fingerprint sensors underneath and are fueled by a 4350mAh battery with 33W fast charging support. The only difference is that the Pro model has an extra 5X Zoom Telephoto lens on the rear.

8. Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G

Xiaomi's Redmi K 30 5G is powered by Snapdragon 765 octa-core chipset that has an integrated 5G Modem and dual-mode 5G support. A 4G only model powered by Snapdragon 730G also exists. The Redmi K30 5 G comes with quad-rear cameras in the lead with a Sony IMX686 screen. The phone positions its 2 selfie cameras on their HDRIO AMOLED monitor in big hole-punch. Other specifications include a side-mounted fingerprint reader, 4500mAh battery, and 30W support for fast charging.

9. Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G

The Galaxy Fold is a cutting edge phone from Samsung and it also has a 5G variant available in select countries. The phone opens like a book to reveal its bigger, flexible display. The Galaxy Fold is powered by the smartphone platform Snapdragon 855 and is also the first handset with LJFS 3.0 capacity (512 GB). It incorporates two 4380mAh-capacity batteries, has dual front cameras, triple rear cameras, and one sensor mask.

10. OnePlus 7 Pro 5G

OnePlus first talked about its 5G phone at the 2018 Qualcomm annual Tech Summit. The 5G phone prototype was finally showcased at MWC 2019, but it was kept in a sealed package, but visitors did get a demo of a 5G application, cloud-based gaming. In addition to 5G connectivity, OnePlus 7 Pro 5 G is fitted with a 90Hz Fluid AMOLED monitor that projects 2K resolution. The sensors feature a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor paired with an 8MP 3X telephoto zoom (f/2.4 aperture) and an Ultra-Wide angle lens (f/2.2 aperture) of 16MP 117 degrees. The phone carries an SCD855 chipset under the hood along with a 4000mAh battery which supports a whopping 30W fast charger. 

11. Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G

Huawei Mate 30 Pro is another phone that has a 5G compatible version. This Huawei 2019 flagship is known for its camera capabilities. It flaunts a quad-camera setup at the rear and dual camera at the front. The variant of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5 G is also powered by Huawei's HiSiIicon Kirin 990 processor coupled with Mali-G76 MP16 GPIJ, I-JFS 3.0 storage, and up to 8 GB RAM. Other special features are slow-mos 720p@7680fp, and quick wireless charging of 27 W. Its shame to see such a powerful device ship without Google services.

12. LG ThinQ 5G

The LG V50 ThinQ 5G is available for Sprint and Verison users in the US starting this spring. In fact, the phone has a wide 5G logo on the back that shines when the phone connects to Sprint's 5G network. Further, it will hit the U.K. via EE telecom; Australia via Telstra and Europe via Swisscom. Thinking regarding features, there's a 6.4-inch OLED monitor, Android 9.0 Slice, triple rear cameras, dual front cameras, 4000mAh storage, and, of course, the Snapdragon 855 heating up all.

13. Vivo Nex 3 5G

Vivo jumped the 5G bandwagon with the new prototype but made a dive Vivo Apex 2019 into the mainstream with Vivo Nex 3 5G. Besides the 5 G skill, the waterfall show had to be the highlight attribute in a 6.89-inch case. You'll also get a 64MP triple rear camera system, Snapdragon 855 + coupled with HFS 3.0, and a big 4500mAh battery with 44W rapid charging support, among other features.

14. Huawei Mate X

Mate X is the first foldable phone and the first 5G phone from Huawei. Unlike most 5G phones that will use Qualcomm's modem, the Mate X has Huawei's own Balong 5000 5G modem paired with Kirin 980 chipset. The Mate X (review) is a compact foldable phone with a large, versatile 8-inch OLED screen folding outwards. Many interesting highlights are the 4500mAh core, 8 GB RAM and 512 GB drive.

15. Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

This got to be one of the lesser-known phones from the Samsung stable. It is a 5G powered phone running on Snapdragon 855 chip. The phone ticks on a 4500mAh power source, which is backed by 25W snap charging. It is equipped with a 48MP led camera triplet on the rear and a 32MP sensor to the front. Samsung has even packed My Handset as part of the gaming experience in Game Booster, Dex, Microsoft's. After its introduction, the phone was unique to South Korea. Though its popularity has grown, it still hasn't found its way to India.

Other OEMs

The biggest them of all, Apple is expected to headfast into 5G territory with the upcoming iPhone 12 series. These are likely to run on a 5nm A14 Bionic chipset roomed with Qualcomm's 5G modem. Let's see! In 2020, almost all major Android flagships will be 5G ready.

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