5G is set to be the biggest news in mobile in 2019. With promises of speeds as much as 1,000 times faster than existing 4G networks, it has the potential to completely revolutionise smartphones, not to mention make home broadband redundant.
With major networks including EE and Vodafone testing 5G in anticipation of a late 2019 rollout, mobile makers are already teasing plans for their own 5G–packing smartphones. Here are five rapid new devices to lust after over the next 12 months.
1. OnePlus 5G
Chinese mobile maker OnePlus has already confirmed that its 5G-toting smartphone will be the first ultra-fast smartphone available in Europe. The handset is due to come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset and will be available exclusively on EE.
There’s no news on when it will actually be available. However, OnePlus has already said it will cost as much as $300 more than its existing, more affordable phones.
2. Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Samsung’s Galaxy S10 range is set to be the biggest launch at this year’s Mobile World Congress, which takes place in Barcelona in February. And while a trio of new 4G models are being primed, it’s talk of a larger scale 5G model that’s got tongues wagging.
Reports in late 2018 suggested that Galaxy S10 5G would feature a massive 6.7–inch screen and pack a dual front–facing camera, with a quad camera around the back. It’s not clear when it will be released, especially as the first 5G networks are not expected to launch in Samsung’s home country of Korea until later in spring.
3. LG ThinQ G7 5G
Local sources in Korea believe that LG is so desperate to get its 5G phone out into the wild that it’s going to reveal it at MWC, months before it had originally planned to do so. Word is it doesn’t want to be left lagging behind its major competitor Samsung.
The phone itself is reported to be the same device as the ThinQ G7, but with a 5G processor. That suggests it might not be the same spec–heavy beast as other models coming later in 2019.
4. Huawei P30 Pro 5G
Huawei’s P30 Pro was already highly anticipated. But a new rumour and a number of renders have pointed towards it being a 5G-packing powerhouse. With a quad lens camera and rapid new processor and Android Pie, it will doubtless be one of the best phones of 2019.
A 5G variant is not likely to be available until later in the year, when 5G networks are fully up and running.
5. Apple iPhone 5G
We can but hope. Apple has a habit of letting the competition do its thing, before offering its own take further down the line. That means a 2019 launch of a 5G iPhone is highly unlikely.
Sources have already said Apple wants to hold off until 2020, when 5G networks are more established, to make its move. So if you want in on the action this year, you’ll need to make the move to Android.