Which 5G phones are coming in 2019?
The next few months will see the launch of the first 5G networks in the UK and US – Verizon has already switched on some US cities and some UK areas will also be switched on soon. We believe EE will be the first UK network to launch in the summer.
If you want to know more about 5G itself, including all the details on the network rollouts, check out our main 5G feature – otherwise, let’s see who’s talked about launching 5G phones so far.
By the way, this feature is just for 2019 phones at the moment – we think the iPhone XII (iPhone 12) in 2020 will be Apple’s first 5G phone. Apple has now linked up with Qualcomm to use its 5G modem in the device while Intel has announced it won’t produce 5G smartphone modems after all.
Huawei Mate X
Huawei has announced its Mate X foldable phone that will be released later in the year. It supports 5G and will be coming to Vodafone and EE in the UK. It won’t be cheap although there’s no UK price as yet. The global announcement set it at €2,299 with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage.
Huawei uses its own hardware platform inside its flagship devices and has announced details of its modem, called Balong 5000, with a 6.5Gbps max speed. It works alongside the Kirin 980 platform that made its debut inside the Mate 20 Pro and has now been used in the P30 series.
Since the Mate X will be a niche device, we’re expecting the late-2019 Mate 30 to be its first mass-market 5G phone.
- Huawei Mate X: Everything you need to know about the folding phone
LG V50 ThinQ
The new mainstream flagship 4G phone from LG is the LG G8, but LG has also announced the V50 ThinQ (above) which is coming to EE in the UK. The G Series phones like the G8 will stay as 4G LTE phones according to LG, while V devices will be 5G from now on.
The V50 ThinQ has a 4000mAh battery and a liquid-cooling chamber to keep everything nice and chilled – dissipating heat up to 40 percent faster than its predecessor model. It’s based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 platform.
- LG V50 ThinQ initial review: 5G in a familiar package
Moto 5G phones
Motorola’s Moto Z3 has a 5G Moto Mod and it’s available now in the US as a Verizon exclusive – Verizon has now started the roll-out of its 5G network. Verizon expects to have its 5G service turned on in more than 30 areas of the US this year.
- It’s here (sort of)! Verizon finally launches its anticipated 5G network in the US
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
OnePlus will announce a 5G handset on 14 May. It’ll be a 5G version of the incoming OnePlus 7 Pro, rather unsurprisingly called the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. Read more about the OnePlus 5G phone in our feature.
OnePlus did bring a prototype of its 5G handset to MWC which didn’t really look like a phone at all – instead it was encased in a white plastic surround. We do know that it will be running the Snapdragon 855. We do know that it will cost under $1,000. Given OnePlus’ penchant for honestly-priced flagships we’d hope so too!
- OnePlus 5G phone makes its promised debut thanks to Qualcomm
Oppo Reno 5G
Oppo, a sister company of OnePlus, showed off a prototype of its 5G handset on the Qualcomm stand at Mobile World Congress 2019 (above) and we’ve now seen the phone in the flash at both Swisscom’s 5G launch as well as Oppo’s own Reno series launch, both in Zurich, Switzerland.
The 6.6-inch phone is based around Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 platform has an edge-to-edge OLED display with pop-up shark-fin front camera and a triple-rear camera with 10x hybrid zoom. It is coming to EE in the UK.
- Oppo Reno 5G initial review: Premium powerful pop-up
Samsung S10 5G and Galaxy Fold
We’ve known for ages that there would be at least two 5G Samsung phones in early 2019.
The Galaxy S10 5G is coming to EE in the UK and Verizon in the US, but will also come to other networks (such as AT&T and Sprint in the US) later.
The foldable Galaxy Fold has also been announced but after the well-documented delay, we don’t yet know when it will launch. You can pre-register for the device.
Like Huawei, Samsung uses its own chipset and modem for at least some S Series devices. As before, Qualcomm’s 5G hardware is inside US S10 devices while Samsung Exynos hardware is used for the rest of the world. Samsung’s 5G modem is called the Exynos Modem 5100.
Sony Xperia 5G phone
Sony used Mobile World Congress to launch three phones, but none of those were 5G. Instead, a prototype of Sony’s 5G device – which has a long 21:9 aspect ratio – was shown on Qualcomm’s stand. Details are limited, but we know it uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and X50 5G modem. That’s as much as we have right now – we’d expect it to launch later in the year although we’ve heard some whispers from a network that it could even be one for 2020.
- Say hello to the first Sony Xperia 5G smartphone
Vivo 5G phone
Vivo is also confirmed to be developing a 5G device, with a prototype shown late in 2018 on Qualcomm’s stand at CES 2019. As yet there’s no word when it will launch.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is 5G-ready and has been officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress. It uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 platform and sports a 6.39-inch 2,340 x 1,080 FHD+ AMOLED display.
We believe it’s coming to Three in the UK and will be available from May (although might not be in the UK at that point). Prices start at €599 (around £520). It will come in Onyx Black and Sapphire Blue.
- Xiaomi officially joins the 5G party with Mi Mix 3 5G
- Mi Mix 3 review: The slider phone has arrived
ZTE Axon Pro 5G
We normally don’t cover ZTE a great deal because of the availability of its devices in Europe, but ZTE has announced that this handset will be coming to Europe as well as China in the first half of this year, perhaps bolstered by the success of other Chinese handset manufacturers.
Again the phone runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and it’s rumored to have a 6.47-inch 2,340 x 1,080 display.