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5G networks are popping up all over the map, with the likes of China, Europe, the US, and other regions offering the next-generation cellular standard. If you’re in a market with the new standard, then you might be wondering about the best 5G phones.

Fortunately, we’ve done the legwork to bring you a list of the best 5G phones. The good news? We had to sift through loads of devices, indicative of 5G’s fast adoption.

It’s also worth noting that 5G devices aren’t just for 5G networks, as they’ll work just fine on today’s LTE 4G networks too. This is ideal if your local carrier has announced plans for 5G but launch is still months away.

Best 5G phones:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best 5G phones regularly as new devices launch or are announced.


1. Samsung Galaxy S20 series

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra home screen

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G was the brand’s first major 5G flagship, but the S20 series marks the first time that the entire lineup is 5G-enabled. (Well, save for 4G variants in a few regions where 5G isn’t available yet.)

Nevertheless, you can expect a Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 processor, at least 12GB of RAM, 128GB to 512GB of storage, and beautiful Quad HD+ OLED screens with a 120Hz refresh rate. The phones have also received a battery upgrade, ranging from 4,000mAh for the base S20 to 5,000mAh for the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Read: Here’s why I think the refresh rate wars are dumb

Samsung’s new phones pack great cameras, featuring 8K video recording, the ability to extract 33MP still photos from 8K videos, and ultra-high resolution cameras. In fact, the S20 Ultra packs a 108MP main camera as well as a 4x periscope camera.

In terms of the all-important 5G capabilities, the smaller, lower-cost Galaxy S20 is the only model that lacks mmWave 5G support. The larger, pricier S20 Plus and S20 Ultra support both mmWave and sub-6GHz flavors of 5G. These are among the best 5G phones on the market right now.


Samsung Galaxy S20 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Quad HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Rear cameras: 12MP main, 64MP telephoto, and 12MP ultra-wide
  • Front cameras: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10


Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Quad HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 12MP main, 64MP telephoto, 12MP ultra-wide, and 3D ToF
  • Front cameras: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10


Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, Quad HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 108MP main, 12MP ultra-wide, 48MP periscope, and 3D ToF
  • Front cameras: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10


2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Aura White back at angle 2

Need some S-Pen action and 5G in your life? Then the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G is a no-brainer, offering sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G support. And with the S20 series release, this phone might be ideal for those wanting a cheaper Samsung flagship with 5G.

The phone packs plenty of other impressive specs, too, featuring an Exynos 9825 or Snapdragon 855 chipset, 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a 4,300mAh battery with 45W charging. Toss in a quad rear camera setup, 10MP selfie camera, IP68 water resistance, and wireless charging, and you’ve got a full-featured phone. Unfortunately, you aren’t getting a 3.5mm port here.

The other downside is that the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G only supports NSA (non-standalone) 5G. That is, it won’t support standalone 5G infrastructure which is slated to be the future standard. But this is acceptable right now, when carriers are integrating 5G into their existing 4G infrastructure.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Quad HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9825
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 12MP main, 12MP telephoto, 16MP ultra-wide, and 3D ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie


3. LG V60 ThinQ

LG V60 camera and logo macro 1

LG was an early 5G adopter in 2019 with the V50 ThinQ, and it’s now delivered a sequel in the V60 ThinQ — and there are quite a few upgrades and tweaks here.

The obvious improvements include a Snapdragon 865 processor, a 5,000mAh battery (compared to the V50’s 4,000mAh cell), and an in-display fingerprint sensor. You’re also getting a higher-resolution main camera (64MP) and 8K recording here.

We also see a few more welcome LG staples, such as a 3.5mm port, quad DAC audio, microSD, wireless charging, and an IP68 rating.

There are a couple of omissions here: a telephoto camera (LG is using the 64MP camera for zoom), and mmWave across the board. In the case of the latter, mmWave is restricted to the Verizon model in the US. The display is also bigger this year, but actually offers a lower resolution (Full HD+ versus Quad HD+). Still, it’s available for as low as $799 in the US right now.


LG V60 ThinQ 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Rear cameras: 64MP main, 13MP ultra-wide, and 3D ToF
  • Front cameras: 10MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10


4. OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren

OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition full image of pattern design

There’s plenty to like about the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren. (Well, aside from the frankly ridiculous name.) Nevertheless, you’ve got one of 2019’s best 5G phones that more than holds its own today.

Between the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, 12GB of RAM, and 90Hz Quad HD+ OLED screen, the phone still has some class-leading core specs in some ways. We’ve got a pop-up selfie camera, helping to deliver a proper full-screen experience, as well as a flexible triple rear camera setup (48MP, 16MP ultra-wide, 8MP telephoto).

The McLaren variant delivers sub-6GHz 5G connectivity, but lacks mmWave support. So those who prioritize speed over coverage might be disappointed. Furthermore, the 5G option is limited to T-Mobile.


OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Quad HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Rear cameras: 48MP main, 16MP ultra-wide, and 8MP telephoto
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,085mAh
  • Software: Android 10


5. Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G

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Huawei’s late 2019 5G flagship phone has a ton to offer, but you can’t expect Google Play Services due to the US trade ban. That means you either have to use web-apps and unofficial apps, or simply go without some Google services.

Read: Huawei launches Celia — A Google Assistant rival in the West

In any event, the Mate 30 Pro 5G packs flagship-level power, a 4,500mAh battery with 40W wired charging, 27W wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging.

Huawei’s phone also delivers an impressive rear camera setup, featuring a 40MP RYYB main camera, 40MP ultra-wide sensor, and an 8MP 3x telephoto sensor. The only real downside (aside from the lack of Google support) is the iffy waterfall display, which resulted in Huawei ditching physical volume keys.


Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.53-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Kirin 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 40MP main, 40MP ultra-wide, 8MP telephoto, and 3D ToF
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10


6. Oppo Find X2 Pro

Oppo Find X2 Pro screen standing up 2

The Oppo Find X2 Pro might just be a match for the Galaxy S20 series, packing the same Snapdragon 865 silicon, and a gorgeous Quad HD+ OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. And unlike Samsung’s phones (for now), you can run the 120Hz refresh rate at the maximum resolution, giving you the best of both worlds.

Oppo’s latest flagship is no slouch in the camera field either, serving up a 48MP main camera, 48MP ultra-wide snapper, and a 13MP 5x periscope camera. But one of the best features has to be the 4,260mAh battery with 65W charging, with the phone reaching 92% capacity in just 30 minutes.

The Find X2 Pro also packs IP68 water/dust resistance, a ceramic or faux leather design, and 12GB of RAM. However, the lack of wireless charging, mmWave support, and 8K recording is a bummer for the €1,199 (~$1,294) price.


Oppo Find X2 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Quad HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 48MP main, 48MP tele, and 13MP ultra-wide
  • Front cameras: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,260mAh
  • Software: Android 10


7. Xiaomi Mi 10 series

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

The Xiaomi Mi 10 series is the firm’s 2020 flagship line, and like many 2020 flagships, it’s packing 5G support thanks to the Snapdragon 865 processor. Don’t expect mmWave support, though.

The Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro both sport 90Hz OLED screens, 108MP main cameras with 8K recording, 20MP selfie cameras, and 8GB to 12GB of RAM. They’re clearly ticking off some expected boxes.

The Pro model is the more feature-packed option, delivering two zoom cameras (the standard model has none), a higher-resolution, ultra-wide camera, and 50W wired charging (vs 30W wired).

Unfortunately, Xiaomi’s flagship phones aren’t the bargain they used to be, as they now start at €799. Meanwhile, the Mi 10 Pro starts at €999.


Xiaomi Mi 10 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Rear cameras: 108MP main, 13MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth
  • Front cameras: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,780mAh
  • Software: Android 10


Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 108MP main, 20MP ultra-wide, 12MP telephoto, and 8MP telephoto
  • Front cameras: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10


8. Realme X50 Pro 5G

Realme X50 Pro 5G display on the homescreen

Realme is renowned for delivering competitively priced smartphones, and its first 5G flagship is no different. The Realme X50 Pro 5G starts at Rs. 37,999 (~$504) in India, while Europeans will be paying a €599 (~$660) starting price. Either way, it’s cheaper than 5G flagships from LG and Samsung.

You’re getting a Snapdragon 865 processor, 6GB to 12GB of RAM, 128GB to 256GB of expandable storage, and a 4,200mAh battery with ultra-fast 65W charging. Other highlights include a 64MP quad-camera setup, a dual selfie camera (including an ultra-wide sensor), and a 90Hz refresh rate for the OLED panel.

You definitely lose out on some features compared to more expensive 5G flagships. For example, don’t expect water resistance, wireless charging, 8K recording, or even 4K at 60fps.


Realme X50 Pro 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.44-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Rear cameras: 64MP main, 12MP telephoto, 8MP ultra-wide, and 2MP monochrome
  • Front camera: 32MP main, 8MP wide
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10


9. Nokia 8.3 5G

Nokia 8.3 5GNokia

2020 is meant to be the first year of more affordable 5G phones, and HMD Global is indeed pulling through with the Nokia 8.3 5G. It’s not quite mid-range territory at €599 (~$646), but it doesn’t reach the giddy heights of Samsung and LG’s new 5G phones.

Read: Best Nokia phones worth buying

You’re getting a Snapdragon 765G processor, 6GB to 8GB of RAM, 64GB to 128GB of storage, and a 4,500mAh battery for starters. Other notable features include a quad rear camera setup (64MP, 12MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, 2MP depth), a 24MP selfie camera, a 3.5mm port, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

HMD Global touted the phone’s network capabilities, saying it supports the most 5G bands out of any device on the market. In saying so, the Nokia 8.3 5G doesn’t support mmWave. The phone isn’t available to purchase right now, but you can check out the product page below.


Nokia 8.3 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Rear cameras: 64MP main, 12MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10


10. Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G and black front and back

Samsung is the standout manufacturer on this list of best 5G phones, with the Galaxy S20 series and Note 10 Plus 5G making appearances. The firm has another entry in the Galaxy A90 5G.

This is the first 5G phone in Samsung’s mid-range A family, offering sub-6GHz support. There’s no mmWave capability here, but sub-6GHz is used for the vast majority of 5G networks. A potentially bigger loss is the absence of standalone 5G access, which is the future of 5G networks.

Otherwise, you’re getting a flagship-level experience in many ways. There’s a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, a 4,500mAh battery, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

You’ve also got a triple rear camera experience here, featuring a 48MP main shooter, 8MP ultra-wide snapper, and a 5MP depth sensor. All in all, it’s not a bad 5G phone for a discounted price of £399 in the UK right now (normally £579). It’s also available via the likes of Amazon for ~$760.


Samsung Galaxy A90 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Rear cameras: 48MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, and 5MP depth
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie


These are our picks for the best 5G phones you can buy now or that will be available shortly. We’ll be sure to update this post once new models hit the market.