OnePlus7 Pro
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The fifth-generation (5G) technology is expected to account for 15% of the global mobile connections by 2025. Its high speeds and low latency are some of the reasons why mobile phone users and smartphone manufacturers eagerly await a full-blown 5G rollout.

The 2019 global edition of the GSM Association’s flagship Mobile Economy report series suggests that many markets around the world will switch on commercial 5G networks this year, following the launch of 5G phones in the market.

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Some of the most anticipated of these 5G-compatible smartphones will hit stores this year from major competitors, including Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, and others. We cover a few of them here.

5G Phones to Watch Out This Year in 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Samsung unveiled two 5G-compatible smartphones during its Unpacked event this year. The Galaxy S10 5G appears much like the Samsung Galaxy S10+. However, the new 5G phone boasts a bigger 4500mAh battery and a faster 25W charging support. It also has an extra ToF (time-of-flight camera) camera sensor to allow better depth-mapping, faster autofocus, and improved low light shots.

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

The Galaxy S10 5G will be exclusively available with Verison in the United States. In South Korea, the device has an 8GB RAM+ 256GB storage capacity. United States pre-orders started from April 18, and the device will hit the stores on May 16. In Australia, the Galaxy S10 5G will be released in the second quarter of this year exclusively on the Telstra network,  via contract or prepaid plans.

Oppo Reno

Oppo entered into a partnership with Sunrise telecom to launch the Oppo Reno 5G on May 1st, making it the first 5G smartphone in Europe. In addition to Sunrise, this new phone will be compatible with China Mobile, Swisscom, Optus, Telstra, and Singtel networks.

The technology behind Reno 5G has been designed to uplift users’ photography experience and take the mobile entertainment to an all new level. The device comes with a 10X optical zoom, a notch-less AMOLED screen and a Snapdragon 855 chipset.

Oppo Reno

Additionally, the OPPO 5G phone will act as an enabler of ‘intelligent connectivity,’ which refers to the fusion of 5G, AI (Artificial Intelligence) and IoT (Internet-of-Things) bridging people with the world of immersive entertainment, enhanced public services, and more.

Huawei Mate X

The Mate X is Huawei’s first foldable phone, and also its first 5G phone. Unlike many other 5G phones that are based on Qualcomm’s X50 modem, the Mate X uses Huawei’s Balong 5000 5G modem combined with the Kirin 980 chipset.

Huawei Mate X

Huawei’s next-generation 5G phone boasts a slim, folding design that integrates a whole new era of communicative interaction.

It has been engineered to be strikingly thin because of its Falcon Wing design. The unprecedented stretchable hinge has been crafted to dissolve into the phone for a smooth finish on both sides. Ushering in the 5G technology with the HUAWEI Balong 5000, which is the first 7nm multi-mode 5G chipset in the world, achieves ultra-fast 5G download speed.

OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus showcased the prototype of its first 5G phone at MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2019 but in a sealed package. Later, people got a demo of this 5G phone and its cloud-based gaming feature. The phone’s expected release date is in May.

OnePlus 7 Pro
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Apart from 5G support, OnePlus 7 Pro could sport a Snapdragon 855 SoC, 12GB of RAM and will run on Android Pie. It will come with an ultra-wide lens and slightly smaller power cell, in a rising selfie camera.

Besides these, OnePlus 7 Pro is expected to feature a super smooth (90Hz) and super crisp 2K resolution phone screen. The phone may carry a 4000mAh battery also.

LG V50 ThinQ

LG V50 ThinQ promises to let its users enjoy high-quality and endless downloads, uploads, and live streaming at a hard-to-imagine 5G speed. Sporting an award-winning LG OLED TV technology, this phone will let you enjoy every music and movie clip with striking clarity and vibrant colors.

LG V50 ThinQ

You will be able to experience multiplayer games with ultra-rich graphics, and instantaneous response for human-like reflect available on your smartphone.

Regarding its technical specifications, the V50 ThinQ will feature a 6.4-inch OLED display and will run on Android 9.0 Pie. It will come with triple rear cameras and dual front cameras. It sports a 4000mAh battery and the powerful Snapdragon 855 chip. It was released on April 19 in South Korea.

Final words

As 5G phones will become available on the market, Telco’s will start releasing options for 5G phone plans. Some manufacturers have already released their 5G phones in certain countries, but a full-blown 5G network roll-out is yet to come. Though many companies promise to release their 5G phones by middle to end of this year, and with Samsung’s device already on the way, you can expect to buy a 5G phone very soon, regardless of your location.