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Here’s what every 5G phone will cost you

The recently announced 5G phones from Samsung, LG, and HUAWEI all have one thing in common — a high price tag. Some go for well over $2,000.

Published onApril 21, 2019

Front side photo of the 5g phone HUAWEI Mate x with display turned on.

If you want to be one of the first consumers to get your hands on a 5G phone, you’ll have to pay up. A lot of manufacturers including Samsung, LG, and Xiaomi have announced 5G phones this year, and although pricing varies from model to model, none of them are cheap.

Some companies have already shared exactly how much their 5G phones will set you back, while others are keeping details under wraps for now. However, we can estimate how much they’ll retail for based on the prices of their predecessors as well as their specs. Let’s dive in.

$2,000 and above:

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung Galaxy a foldable 5g phone, held in a hand.

The Galaxy Fold, Samsung’s long-awaited foldable phone, recently made its debut at MWC in Barcelona. This 5G phone sports a 4.6-inch display but is transformed into a 7.3-inch tablet when you fold it out.

The exact price of the 5G version device isn’t known at the moment. All we know is that the 4G model will start at $1,980 in the U.S. or 2,000 euros on the old continent, which means the 5G version will likely cost a couple of hundred dollars/euros more. The 4G version smartphone was available for pre-order for a brief time, but Samsung has since delayed the release of the Galaxy Fold after some review units had display issues.

HUAWEI Mate X, a foldable 5g phone showcased at MWC 2019.

Like Samsung, HUAWEI also announced a 5G foldable phone at MWC. According to the company, the Mate X can achieve download speeds of up to 4.6Gbps, which is double the industry standard for 5G and ten times what’s currently available with 4G networks.

The phone is expected to retail for 2,300 euros, which translates to around $2,600. It will go on sale “mid-summer.” The company says it’s already in talks with carriers, some of which could start selling the device in June at the earliest. Based on Huawei’s troubles in the U.S., we don’t expect the Mate X to be released stateside.

Between $1,000-$2,000:

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G display

The Galaxy S10 5G wasn’t announced alongside the Galaxy Fold in Barcelona, making its debut a few days earlier at a separate event in San Francisco. The phone first went on sale in South Korea in early April. 

In the U.S. it will go on sale May 16 via Verizon Wireless. The device is currently up for pre-orderpriced at $1299 or $54.16 per month for two years. This gets you a 256GB model, while the 512GB variant will set you back $1,399 or $58.33 per month for two years.

The Galaxy S10 5G will initially be exclusive to Verizon in the U.S. and will go on sale sometime in the first half of 2019. It will then also make its way to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Spectrum Mobile, and Xfinity Mobile, all of which will start selling it sometime “this summer.”

LG V50 ThinQ 5G app screen

The V50 ThinQ is LG’s first 5G phone and a minor upgrade over its predecessor. It packs the latest and greatest Qualcomm chipset under the hood, sports a bigger battery (4,000 vs 3,300mAh), and features a few design changes, among other things.

There’s no word on how much the phone will cost, but we can get a good idea based on its predecessor. The LG V40 ThinQ launched with a price tag of $900, which means the V50 will likely set you back more than a grand. The phone could be released before the end of June in the U.S., although this hasn’t been confirmed yet. It’s expected to launch on Sprint, but you’ll also be able to get it from Verizon.

Below $1,000:

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 - best 5G phones

At MWC 2019, Xiaomi revealed a 5G version of the Mi Mix 3. The phone packs the latest Snapdragon chipset along with Qualcomm’s X50 5G modem under the hood and sports a larger 3,800mAh battery (the regular Mi Mix 3 has a 3,200mAh battery). The rest of the specs, as well as the design, are the same for both models.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 5G will start at 600 euros (~$680), making it 100 euros more expensive than the standard version of the handset. It’s going to be one of the most affordable 5G phones you’ll be able to get once it goes on sale in May.

ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G phone at the MWC 2019

The recently announced ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G is a nice upgrade over the Axon 9 Pro, which made its debut back in August. In addition to featuring the Snapdragon 855 chipset and Qualcomm’s X50 5G modem that should allow it to hit download speeds of up to 2Gbps, it also sports three rear cameras instead of two, a modern in-display fingerprint scanner, and a smaller waterdrop notch.

The price of the handset, which will be released sometime in the first half of this year in China and Europe, has not been announced yet. The Axon 9 Pro launched for 650 euros (~$740), so we can be sure the Axon 10 Pro will cost more. ZTE is known for offering phones with great price-performance ratios, so it definitely won’t charge the same as Samsung, LG, and other large players. Our best guess is that you’ll be able to get it for somewhere between 800 and 900 euros.

An image of the OnePLus 5G smartphone prototype in a concealing case at Mobile World Congress 2019.

OnePlus showed off a prototype of its upcoming 5G phone at MWC. The phone was in a case, so we didn’t get to see what it looks like. The company also didn’t share the device’s specs, so the only thing we know is that it will come with the Snapdragon 855 chipset along with Qualcomm’s X50 5G modem.

An exact price hasn’t been announced yet, but the company’s CEO did say that it will cost $200 to $300 more than its other smartphones. More recently the company confirmed that it will officially announce the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro on May 14. The more expensive OnePlus 7 Pro will be the company’ first 5G smartphone.

Energizer Power Max P8100S 5G phone displayed at MWC 2019

The Energizer Power Max P8100S made its debut at MWC and has a foldable design (sort of). It features a 6-inch display on the outside and an 8.1-inch display on the inside. It’s not the most attractive phone you can get, but it is 5G ready.

It’s also cheaper than most of the 5G phones on this list, but not all. The company says you’ll be able to get it for 850 euros, which translates to around $965. No word on when it will go on sale.

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There you have it — that’s how much the first wave of 5G phones will cost. Are you thinking of picking up one of the devices mentioned in this post? Let us know which one in the comments!

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