Update: The Galaxy S10 5G, LG V50 ThinQ 5G, and Oppo Reno 5G are now available to buy in the UK, joining two previously available phones.
We're now starting to see 5G networks get switched on in a few parts of the world, with more networks in more countries set to launch later in 2019. They're faster than 4G, but you'll need a 5G handset to make use of those speeds.
That's not a huge problem, because during CES 2019 at the start of the year, smartphone chip-maker Qualcomm said it expects to see over 30 5G devices launched in 2019, with most of those being smartphones.
So while the roll out of 5G networks may take some time, you should at least have a choice of 5G phones to whet your appetite.
With that in mind we've created this guide to the various confirmed and rumored 5G handsets.
You'll find everything we know about these phones below, including when and where they’re likely to launch, and we'll be constantly updating our 5G phones list with all the latest information.
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Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Samsung has announced it first 5G phone and it's a top-end flagship dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.
As well as 5G, the phone has a 6.7-inch QHD+ screen, a 4,500mAh battery, a top-end chipset, 8GB of RAM, and four rear cameras, consisting of a 16MP ultra-wide lens, a 12MP variable aperture lens, a 12MP telephoto lens and a 3D depth-sensing camera.
The Galaxy S10 5G also has a dual-lens front-facing camera (cut into the screen, so there's no notch and minimal bezel), and 256GB of storage.
The phone is out now in some regions, including the US and the UK. It costs $1,299/£1,099 for the 256GB version and $1,399 for the 512GB version. On contract in the UK you can get it from Vodafone or EE.
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
When OnePlus launched the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, it also announced a 5G version of the latter phone, which is exactly the same in all regards (except that it can connect to 5G networks as well as 4G).
That means the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G has a curved all-screen AMOLED display, novel pop-up selfie camera, Snapdragon 855 chipset, and 90Hz screen refresh rate. It will set you back quite a bit too – in the UK for example it starts at £59 per month on contract, where it's currently only sold by EE. We'd expect to see it arrive in other countries soon.
Motorola was the first in the world to sell a 5G phone. Well, sort of anyway, as what it actually sells is the Moto Z3 (a 4G handset from 2018) paired with a new 5G Moto Mod, which adds 5G connectivity to the phone.
At the time of writing this is only available in the US and only on Verizon (which only currently has a 5G network in a few places), so it's limited, but technically available.
The Moto Z3 and Moto Mod combined actually also undercut most other 5G handsets, though of course the phone itself is also more dated. The initial 5G service available on the phone is a mixed bag too.
The Moto Z4 is a similar story to the Moto Z3 in that it supports 5G but only with a Moto Mod, however, it's not out yet. It launches on June 13 in the US.
It has a 6.4-inch 1080 x 2340 screen, a 48MP rear camera, a 25MP front-facing one, a mid-range Snapdragon 675 chipset, and a 3,600mAh battery. It's set to start at $20.83 per month on a Verizon contract, which is the only place you'll be able to get the 5G-ready version.
Huawei Mate X
It essentially has three screens, with one big 8-inch OLED display that can be folded in half, leaving you with a smaller screen on each side of the handset, one of which is 6.6 inches and the other 6.4.
The phone also has a triple-lens camera, a 4,500mAh battery with fast charging, a high-end Kirin 980 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. All in all the Huawei Mate X could be the most exciting of the early 5G phones, but it also might be the most expensive, as it's set to cost €2,299 (around $2,600 / £2,000 / AU$4,770) when it lands around the middle of the year.
Huawei Mate 20 X
As well as the Huawei Mate X, Huawei has plans to release a more 'traditional' 5G handset in the shame of the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G which is, as the name suggests, a new version of the Huawei Mate 20 X.
That means it'll be a phone with a huge 7.2-inch screen and triple-lens camera setup, however it's set to have a smaller battery capacity at 4,200mAh. That's still a large power pack, but it doesn't compare to the 4G phone's 5,000mAh, and 5G connectivity is expected to be a bigger drain on battery.
This was expected to release alongside 5G networks, but Huawei's Android problems could see it delayed.
LG V50 ThinQ
LG is another company that has announced a 5G handset, namely the LG V50 ThinQ. Launched at MWC 2019, this phone has a 6.4-inch 1440 x 3120 AMOLED screen, a 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.
There's also both an 8MP standard lens and a 5MP wide-angle one on the front of the phone.
The LG V50 ThinQ also has a 4,000mAh battery, and it should be built to last, as it's both IP68-certified (for dust and water-resistance) and sports military-grade drop protection. There's also an optional second screen attachment in the form of the LG DualScreen.
The 5G phone can be bought in certain countries now, including the US, where it can be grabbed for $24 per month on contract with Sprint, or for $1,152 outright, and the UK, where it can be ordered on EE from £69 per month.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
This model has a Snapdragon 855 chipset, a 6.39-inch 1080 x 2340 AMOLED screen, 256GB of storage, a dual-lens 12MP rear camera and a dual-lens front camera which slides out of the top of the phone, so there's no need for big bezels or a notch.
A big highlight though could be the price, as at €599 (around £520 / $680 / AU$950) it could undercut most of the first wave of 5G handsets. It's currently available from Vodafone in the UK, starting at £50 per month with £99 upfront. It's not clear whether there will be US or Australian availability.
Oppo Reno 5G
On April 24, 2019 Oppo announced the Oppo Reno 5G, a phone which as well as 5G has a triple-lens camera, including a 10x lossless zoom lens, a 48MP lens, and an 8MP ultra-wide lens.
It also has a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, a 4,065mAh battery, a 6.6-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen, a pop-up selfie camera, and an in-screen fingerprint scanner. It's available on EE in the UK, where it starts at £54 per month with £70 upfront.
When it lands SIM-free it's set to be €899, which is around $1,000/£780/AU$1,430.
Apple will of course eventually launch a 5G phone, but it's not likely to be one of the first companies to do so.
As of June 2019, the latest news on that front is that Apple is likely using Qualcomm for 5G modems. Apparently it was using Intel, but the company has abandoned plans for 5G modems after reportedly missing deadlines.
While we might be waiting a while, the good news is that whenever Apple launches its 5G iPhone it's likely to be globally available, since iPhones are sold in most countries.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G
While not quite official yet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is very likely to land in a 5G flavor, given that the Galaxy S10 has. Not only that, but Verizon has claimed that a 5G model is coming this year and mention of 5G next to a codename associated with the Note 10 has been found in Samsung source code.
Given that Huawei has launched a 5G phone it's not overly surprising to hear that Honor is working on one too, given that this is a sub-brand of the company.
The latest news on that front comes from an interview with Honor's president, who said the phone is coming in the fourth quarter of 2019 and that it will be cheaper than Huawei's 5G phones.
As well as the Mi Mix 3 5G, it looks like Xiaomi will launch a 5G phone under its Black Shark banner and it will probably land this year according to Black Shark's VP. This seemingly won't be the Black Shark 3 though, as it will apparently land before that phone, so it might be a 5G version of the Black Shark 2, but that's not yet confirmed.
ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G
ZTE has also used MWC 2019 to announce a 5G phone, specifically the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G.
Set to supposedly land in Europe during the first half of 2019, this has a Snapdragon 855 chipset, an in-screen fingerprint scanner, and a trio of rear cameras, namely a 48MP standard lens, a 20MP wide-angle lens and an 8MP telephoto lens.
There's also a 20MP front camera, a 6.47-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with a notch, 6GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery and 128GB of storage. Pricing and exact availability is still to be confirmed.
Vivo is also known to be working on a 5G phone, but as yet we don't know much about it and it won't be one of the very first, with the company aiming for a commercial launch in 2020, according to GadgetsNow.
We also wouldn't count on the phone being widely available, since most Vivo handsets aren't.
Sony has confirmed that it will make a 5G phone, but only when the tech rolls out. The company hasn't got more specific than that yet.
However, there are rumors that it could be a foldable phone called the Sony Xperia F. This would apparently have a 21:9 screen and a clamshell design.
The foldable Royole FlexPai launched globally during CES 2019 at the start of 2019, and while it's not 5G enabled right now, a software update later in the year will unlock support for the fifth generation of network.
You can buy the FlexPai now, however it's expensive and we found during our hands on time with the phone that the software needs some serious polish before we'd be able to think about recommending it as a viable everyday device.