5th generation mobile networks or 5th generation wireless systems, in short, is known as 5G. It is the latest proposed telecommunications standard after 4G, 3G and 2G. The mobile data world is now fully equipped with 4G LTE networks. Recently, after the introduction of Reliance Jio network in India, the country has got a huge 4G network boost and is also ready for the next chapter.
5G network is the next chapter in the telecommunications standard, which will make our smartphones even more fast and powerful. Companies such as Qualcomm, Huawei and Nokia are working very hard to shape the standards of 5G. Today, we will look at the best 5G smartphones available in the world. Actually, there are upcoming smartphones that will get launched in the first half of 2018. However, before checking these best 5G devices, let’s have a look at the characteristics of 5G network.
First of all, let’s find out what is 5G? It is an upcoming telecom network system which will have much higher speeds and capacity along with much lower latency, compared to existing cellular systems. The technologies which are going to be used in 5G are still being defined. Mostly, 5G networks will be using a type of encoding called OFDM, similar to the one used in 4G LTE. 5G networks will be much smaller and smarter, compared to any previous systems. According to reports, the standard bodies are aiming at 20Gbps speeds at 1ms latency.
5G will not only enable better usage of smartphones, but it will also start the era of driverless smart cars and smart homes. In the smartphone sector, the biggest change with the introduction of 5G is expected in the field of AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality). In USA, AT&T and Verizon is expected to launch pre-5G in 2017 but official 5G will get launched in 2018 and will go mainstream by 2019. Now, lets check out the upcoming 5G devices below.
Take a look at the Best 5G Smartphones (2018)
1.SAMSUNG GALAXY X
Samsung keeps its engine running by producing trendy styles and displays like Edge, but it’s been circulating that its newest project Galaxy X (believed to be a part of Project Valley) will highlight a foldable display.
Apparently, this smartphone will have hinged second OLED panels that might ditch the bezels to achieve a full-screen look. This phone turns into a tablet with a 7-inch display when not folded. This is what makes it one of the most awaited phones to watch out for.
This is projected to be released during the second half of 2017, from July to September. Since it is supposed to be a test run, only 100,000 will be offered to South Korea. However, US, Poland, and the UK will also have their share.
Once these prototypes are released, the mobile giant will begin observing their performance. A consumer version will be released eventually. So be sure to check out this top choice as part of the most awaited phones to watch out for.
Digital Trends also reported that the official version might be launched at the Mobile World Congress in February 2018. However, a similar report said that the release is on 2019 due to Samsung’s desire to see an efficient performance first. Samsung is also planning on releasing two models, in which one has a 5-inch screen, but turns into an 8-inch display when it is rolled out.
- 4K Display
- Dual camera
- OLED display with 1080p
- Arms control (automated)
2. Nokia 9
Nokia 9, an upcoming flagship smartphone of 2017, is also expected to support 5G network. This is because even Nokia is working very hard in defining the 5G network.
The Nokia 9 will be featuring a 5.3-inch Quad HD AMOLED display and Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor. There will be three RAM variants as per reports – 4GB/6GB/8GB.
In the camera department, we are expecting dual camera system consisting of two 13 megapixel sensors. It will be a 5G device or not remains to be seen but 4G VoLTE support will certainly be included.
3. Nokia P
Nokia is said to come with an excellent line of mobiles after the company’s takeover. The upcoming series of phones is priced differently, but a model that falls in the premium category is Nokia P.
The expected launch date of the mobile is 16th April 2017, a date that is subject to change.
The planned cost of the cell phone is Rs. 42,999, which is also subject to change.
This phone will only be available in black color and will not come in a metal body. The category that it will fall into is both smartphone and phablet, so you can have an idea of the size of the phone.
The phone will only be able to support a dual Nano SIM. It does not have a fingerprint scanner and neither is it waterproof. The network backed by this phone is LTE + LTE. The operating system is the latest model available in mobile phones: Android v7.0 Nougat.
Though it may feel like the phone does not come with too many features, there is a lot more that it does support. For example, it has a 64 GB internal storage and a 23 MP rear camera.
4. MI 8
Mi 8 smartphone was launched in May 2018. The phone comes with a 6.21-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2248 pixels at a PPI of 402 pixels per inch.
The Mi 8 is powered by octa-core processor and it comes with 6GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Mi 8 packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 20-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The Mi 8 runs Android Oreo and is powered by a 3400mAh. It measures 154.90 x 74.80 x 7.60 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 175.00 grams.
The Mi 8 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G , 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India) and probably 5G . Sensors on the phone include Compass/ Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope and Barometer.
5. NOKIA PHOENIX
The Nokia Phoenix mobile features a 5.7″ (14.48 cm) display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and runs on Android v8.0 (Oreo) operating system. The device is powered by Octa core (2.2 GHz, Dual core, Kryo 360 + 1.7 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 360) processor paired with 4 GB of RAM. As far as the battery is concerned it has 3000 mAh. Over that, as far as the rear camera is concerned this mobile has a 13 MP camera . Other sensors include Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope. So, does it have a fingerprint sensor? Yes, it does. For graphical performance that can make games run smoothly, this phone has got a Adreno 616 GPU. On board storage is at 64 GB with the option to expand the memory by Yes Up to 256 GB.
6. LG G7
LG G7, the successor of the G6 and G6+, is expected to launch at MWC in Barcelona in March 2018. According to reports, all the major flagship smartphones of 2018 will support 5G network and thus the G7 will be one of the best mobiles as well.
It will sport a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ display, which will be powered by Snapdragon 845 processor. For multitasking and storage, the LG G7 will have 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM. It will run on LG UX 7.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo OS.
In the camera department, we can expect a 16 megapixel primary rear camera along with a 13 megapixel secondary rear camera.
7. HTC U12
HTC U12 will be launched at MWC 2018 in Barcelona in March. Like other flagship phones of 2018, the U12 is also expected to support the 5G network. It will feature a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ display, that will run on HTC Sense UI based on Android 8.0 Oreo OS.
This smartphone will be powered by Snapdragon 845 processor and 8GB RAM. It will also be IP68 certified and pack in a 3200mAh battery with support for wireless and fast charging.
In the camera department, we will get dual 12 megapixel rear cameras along with a 16 megapixel selfie shooter.
8. Xiaomi Mi 7
Xiaomi Mi 7, the flagship smartphone of 2018 is expected to launch in March. Being one of the smartphones, it will also support 4G VoLTE and other networks.
Other expected features include a 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display, Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor and 8GB RAM. It will run on MIUI 9 based on Android 8.0 Oreo OS. We are expecting a vertical dual camera setup at the back, just like the iPhone 8.
The vertical camera design is specifically made for VR and AR. It will have a glass and metal finish along with water and dust resistant body.
9. Huawei P11 / P11 Plus
Huawei P11 and P11 Plus, the next set of flagship smartphones, will get launched at MWC in March 2018. Since Huawei will be a major contributor in laying down the framework of 5G network, these will be 5G smartphones for sure, if the network doesn’t get delayed beyond 2018.
The P11 will sport a 5.2-inch Quad HD display whereas the P11 Plus will rock a 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display. These will be powered by Kirin 970 octa-core processor and 6GB of RAM. They will run on EMUI 6.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo OS.
There will be a 20 megapixel primary camera along with a 12 megapixel secondary camera at the back in both the phones.
10. Asus Zenfone 5Z
Asus Zenfone 5Z, one of the best upcoming flagship smartphones of 2018 is expected to launch in June. If all other flagship smartphones get 5G connectivity, then Asus Zenfone 5Z will also be a 5G mobile phone.
It will rock a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ bezel-less Infinity display which will get powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB RAM. If Asus Zenfone 5Z goes crazy, we can even see 10GB or 12GB RAM in the upcoming Asus Zenfone 5Z smartphone.
It will obviously come with dual rear cameras. The smartphone will run on Oxygen OS based on Android 8.0 Oreo OS out of the box.
We hope that you have liked our list of best 5G smartphones. The 5G network will supposedly be launching in 2018 and thus we are expecting all the major flagship smartphones to support the latest standard. If the 5G rollout gets delayed to 2019, then the next set of flagship smartphones will definitely support 5G. We will keep on updating the article whenever we get any developments on 5G. Do share this article for spreading awareness about the next big thing.