Last year, large carriers seriously started their 5G deployment, and we will keep seeing the best 5G smartphones released this and next year. 5G is currently operating in select cities for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and other regional carriers in the United States. All four main carriers in Great Britain have 5G networks in existence too. The latest iPhone 12 phones of Apple have all 5G connectivity and several are available from Samsung, the most popular 5G phone producer. This includes Galaxy S21, foldable Galaxy Z Flip 5G, premium Galaxy Note 20, and the more economical Galaxy A71 5G. Although not replacing the entire 4G system, 5G is the next mobile connectivity generation. 5G functions fast and many industries, including drones, self-driving cars, and the Internet of Things, will benefit from a new network.
Table of Contents
- 1 The best 5G smartphones 2021
- 1.1 1. Apple iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max
- 1.2 2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra
- 1.3 3. Google Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5
- 1.4 4. Motorola Edge Plus
- 1.5 5. OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro
- 1.6 6. Samsung Galaxy S21
- 1.7 7. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
- 1.8 8. LG Velvet 5G
- 1.9 9. OnePlus Nord and Nord N10 5G
- 1.10 10. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
- 1.11 11. Motorola One 5G
- 1.12 12. LG V60 ThinQ 5G
- 1.13 13. Samsung Galaxy A71 5G
- 1.14 14. Motorola Razr 5G (2020)
- 1.15 15. Sony Xperia 5 II
- 1.16 16. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G
The best 5G smartphones 2021
The benefits of a robust 5G network are likely to come from most people using a 5G phone only. After all, 5G coverage is a major promise for carriers and chipmakers, if you cannot use your own device to access the 5G service after the roll-out. Here’s what the major phone manufacturers offer to help you keep tabs on all the best 5G smartphones and when we can expect more.
1. Apple iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max
In October, four iPhones were unveiled by Apple, all best 5G smartphones. The iPhone 12 is in the range of the line-Up. The A14 Bionic processor and dual rear cameras is $829 (£799, AU$1,349). The iPhone 12 Mini is your best choice for a 5 G phone if you are looking for something smaller and cheaper. And if you want more premium, you will have more features in the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra
The Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra, equipped with Samsung’s S Pen smart stylus, are expensive, premium, 5G-enabled phones. They also have three-way camera configurations, a highly powered processor Snapdragon 865 Plus, and reverse wireless charge.
3. Google Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5
The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G are Google 5G phones with long-lasting batteries, fantastic low-light cameras, and Google software support. The cost of both 5G phones is $699 ($599, AU$989) for Pixel5 smartphones, with a 90 Hz display, Wi-Fi or reverse Wi-Fi charging.
4. Motorola Edge Plus
Despite its high price range and is exclusive to Verizon in the US, Edge Plus is always worth looking at as a premium 5G smartphone. It has a Snapdragon 865 chipset, a large battery, a high refresh rate OLED screen, and multiple heavy-duty rear cameras. It’s “one of the most wonderful Android phones I’ve tried in a long time.”
5. OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro
The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro’s premium experience comes at a relatively affordable price compared to its high-end Android competitors. As the more advanced phone, the OnePlus 8 Pro has a 120Hz display and a telephoto camera. But the OnePlus 8 is cheaper and still has 5G technology, a 90Hz display, and the same top-of-the-line processor.
6. Samsung Galaxy S21
The Galaxy S21 is a lot to like, but the most important thing is the price. The next-gen flagship line-up of Samsung begins at $800 and is available now for an extra $100 off on Amazon. The phone is 4GB lower than its predecessor, a wall loader and headphones are not included in the box, and there is no MicroSD card slot for extended storage, so Samsung has made a number of compromise measures. But you get much for your money even with these sacrifices, including a striking design, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip, and 5G connectivity.
7. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
The Galaxy S20 FE received the TechMag Editors’ Choice award in 2020 for combining 5G connectivity, robust specs, and a tenting price tag. Furthermore, it’s got a big screen, a Snapdragon 865 lightning-fast, and a powerful three-way camera.
8. LG Velvet 5G
A polished 5G smartphone in the United States, available on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile is the LG Velvet. Depending on the carrier, the device costs $588 to $700 — The cheapest Verizon model can access a quicker 5G version. The Velvet looks upwards, with a headphone jack and a 6.8-inch screen.
9. OnePlus Nord and Nord N10 5G
The Nord N10 5G (pictured here) includes a screen 90 Hz and a headphone bucket and a generous 6.49-inch screen as part of the OnePlus midrange phone family. In Europe first then in North America, the new phone will be available at a later date. The first Nord phone is provided by the company, which also has 5G and is available in the UK only.
10. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
Just before the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, a 5G version of the Galaxy Z Flip, was launched in February of this year by Samsung. Clamshell is $1,450 and is now available for $750, and is sold via Samsung, AT&T and T-Mobile and is available at the billing station.
11. Motorola One 5G
The $445 One 5G is one of the best, most affordable 5G phones available. This cheap phone has a total of six, yes six, cameras, a 90Hz high-refresh-rate display, and fast-charging technology. It’s available now in the US on AT&T and Verizon’s mobile networks.
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12. LG V60 ThinQ 5G
The LG V60 is unique, not only because it works with an accessory to a case that effectively doubles the screen size (a rarity amongst top-ranking phones in recent days). It is called a dual-screen, allowing the V60 to fold open like a book, allowing you to view two apps on either display or the content as a single tablet (albeit with a big hinge in the middle).
13. Samsung Galaxy A71 5G
A 6.7-inch AMOLED display, four back cameras, and the 4,500-mAh battery are all featured in the $ 450 Galaxy A71 5G. In the United States, you can use AT&T and Verizon as well as T-Mobile.
14. Motorola Razr 5G (2020)
Motorola announced two flexible Razr phones in a month’s time at the end of 2019 and at the beginning of 2020. The better one of the two is the 2020 version. This model has the support of 5G, 48megapixel camera, additional memories, and a faster Snapdragon 765G processor. It is available for $1,400 (£1,399, which is about AU$2,470).
15. Sony Xperia 5 II
Xperia 5 II is a costly, but wonderful phone for users who want to play games, to shoot photos and to record video, at $950 (£799 or about AU$1,350). It displays a 120 Hz soft silk and can capture 4K 120 fps of video on its almost reflective camera. The US telephone model is not able to connect to 5G, however.
16. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G
Started in 2019, Galaxy Note 10+ has a 6.8-inch screen, an all-day battery-life system, and great camera tools. It was the predecessor to the Note 20 Ultra The Note 10 Plus 5G variant was one of the most popular 5G devices when it started first. Verizon still has it for $1,300.