The 12 Best 5G Phones Coming in 2019

These new phones give you access to 5G networks!

5G capable phones are rare right now. In fact, there are only a few, and none of them are actually usable...yet!

A 5G smartphone is only usable at its fullest potential when connected to a 5G network. So, as this newest mobile network slowly rolls out around the world, 5G phones will begin to become available for carriers like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.

Below are all the ones we know about right now, but some are only prototypes and don't reflect the company's final 5G-enabled product. Expect changes throughout 2019 and beyond as more news comes out about 5G.

Why should you care when 5G phones are available? 5G far outperforms 4G and is poised to enable several industry transformations.

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Motorola moto z3

Motorola moto z3 and moto 5G mod

Motorola Mobility LLC

The moto z3 phone from Motorola is a little different from other 5G phones because you can buy it right now, but with one catch: it's a modular phone that isn't currently 5G-capable.

With Motorola's 5G phone, you have to snap on the 5G moto mod in order for it to work on a 5G network. The 5G mod even comes with a 2000mAh battery to compliment the battery included in the moto z3.

The moto z3 is 6.75mm thick with a 6-inch edge-to-edge Full HD OLED display, dual 12MP depth-sensing rear cameras, 8MP front-facing wide-angle lens, water-repellent coating, 3000mAh battery, facial recognition, 4 GB of memory, and 64 GB of storage (expandable to 2 TB microSD).

5G capabilities are available for the moto z3 for now, but will soon work with moto z2 devices, too.

Release date: 5G moto mod pre-orders started March 14

Price: $480 USD for moto z3; $50 for the 5G moto mod, but only for a limited time (it retails for $350 USD)

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LG V50 ThinQ 5G

LG V50 ThinQ 5G

LG Electronics

The LG V50 ThinQ 5G smartphone is 8.33mm thick and has a 6.4-inch OLED display with five cameras — three font-facing and two back-facing. The phone runs off the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and has a 4000mAh battery, including a built-in cooling system.

For audio, it comes with a stereo Boombox speaker, Hi-Fi Quad DAC, and DTS: X 3D Surround.

There's also an AI engine in the V50 ThinQ 5G to automatically change brightness and color levels to protect against eye fatigue.

Release date: The LG V50 ThinQ 5G will launch through Sprint in the spring of 2019, Verizon in the summer of 2019, EE sometime in 2019, and Telstra

Price: Likely over $1,000 USD

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Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Samsung Galaxy S10

SAMSUNG

Samsung's first flagship 5G mobile phone, the Galaxy S10 5G, is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and has a 6.7-inch QHD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED display.

It's equipped with a 4500mAh battery with wireless charging, 8 GB of RAM, and 512 GB internal storage.

The S10 5G phone has a 3D Depth camera for augmented reality and Live Video Focus. There are four rear cameras (two 12MP, 16MP, and TOF) and two front-facing cameras (10MP and TOF).

Release date: The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will launch through Verizon in the first half of 2019; Korean carriers in April; and AT&T, Spectrum Mobile, Sprint, T-Mobile, Xfinity Mobile in the summer of 2019; EE in 2019; and Telstra

Price: Likely over $1,000 USD

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Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung Galaxy Fold

SAMSUNG

Samsung will also release two Galaxy Fold phones: one for 4G LTE networks and one made specifically for 5G.

As the name would suggest, this phone has two displays. The front screen is a 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display, while the unfolded, larger screen, is a 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED display.

The camera on the cover of the device is 10MP. There are also dual front-facing cameras (10MP and 8MP) and a triple-camera setup on the back when the phone is unfolded (12MP telephoto, 12MP wide-angle, and 16MP ultra-wide).

Here are some other details on this Samsung 5G phone: 4380mAh battery, wireless charging, 12 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage with no microSD slot.

Release date: April 26, 2019

Price: Nearly $2,000 USD for the 4G LTE model, likely more for the 5G version

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ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G

ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G

ZTE Corporation

The newest member of the ZTE Axon smartphone series is the 10 Pro 5G. It's powered by the Snapdragon 855 processor and X50 5G modem, and will work on not only 5G networks but also 4G, 3G, and 2G networks.

ZTE says their 5G smartphone has a revolutionary slot antenna and adjustable antenna design to automatically know how you're using it to give you the best signal possible, while at the same time minimizing any potential damage due to electromagnetic radiation.

The ZTE 5G phone includes a triple-camera setup on the back, a 20MP front-facing camera, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and an AI performance engine to help with multitasking, motion capture, portrait lighting adjustments, and scene recognition.

Full specs aren't yet available from ZTE but it's been rumored that the 5G phone will have a 6.47-inch AMOLED display, 128 GB of internal storage, 6 GB of RAM, a 4000mAh battery, and a 48MP rear camera.

Release date: ZTE's 5G phone is expected to be available through various carriers in Europe and China sometime in the first half of 2019, including China Unicom, Elisa, and Hutchison Drei Austria

Price: Possibly under $1,000 USD (800 EUR)

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Huawei Mate X

Huawei Mate X 5G phone

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Huawei's foldable Mate X 5G smartphone a 6.6-inch front panel display, 6.38-inch back panel display, and when unfolded, a combined 8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display with 2480x2200 resolution. The phone is 11mm thick when folded and 5.4mm thick when unfolded.

The 5G Huawei smartphone uses the Kirin 980 processor and Balong 5000 5G modem chip, has 8 GB of RAM with 512 GB of storage, uses two battery to reach 4500mAh capacity, and can be charged up to 85 percent in just 30 minutes with SuperCharge.

There are three cameras in this 5G phone: 40MP wide-angle, 16MP ultra wide-angle, and 8MP telephoto.

Huawei Mate X also has a fingerprint reader embedded in the power button, allows for split-screen mode, and supports dual-SIM (the primary SIM is 5G and the secondary one can be 4G/3G/2G).

Release date: Mid-2019

Price: $2,600 USD

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Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G

Xiaomi

Mi MIX 3 5G is Xiaomi's first 5G phone. It's a variation of the Mi MIX 3 released in late 2018, but powered by the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and X50 5G modem to achieve gigabit download speeds.

This phone uses the same 12MP AI dual camera from the Mi MIX 3, so it also has the same 960 fps slow-mo video. The front-facing camera on the Mi MIX 3 5G is 24MP and uses Sony's IMX576 sensor to help create detailed shots.

The Mi MIX 3 5G has a 6.39-inch, 2340x1080 resolution, FHD+ Samsung AMOLED display rested in a curved ceramic casing.

There's also a 3800mAh battery, dedicated Google Assistant button, and hybrid cooling system in the Mi MIX 3 5G.

Release date: This 5G smartphone from Xiaomi will launch in May in Onyx Black and Sapphire Blue colors. It will most likely be available through Sunrise, TIM, Vodafone, Three, and other service providers

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OPPO 5G Prototype

OPPO 5G phone

Pocket-lint.com

It's been said that the 5G phone from OPPO looks like the Find X sans the notch. Aside from that, the only other details we know about the OPPO 5G smartphone is that it's powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset and X50 modem, has a 3.5-mm audio jack, and most likely includes three cameras, one with 10x lossless zoom.

It will also likely end up running Breeno, OPPO's intelligent assistant designed for the 5G era.

Release date: OPPO's 5G phone will be available in Q2 2019 through Swisscom, Telstra, Optus, and Singtel. China Mobile will offer the phone this summer

Price: Unknown

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Energizer Power Max P8100S

Energizer Power Max P8100S

Gizmodo International

Energizer's Power Max P8100S is a foldable 5G phone with two displays: a 6-inch outside screen and an 8.1-inch inside screen, both with Full HD+ resolution. Between the front display and the back of the phone, when unfolded, is a thick hinge.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, this dual-SIM 5G phone has 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of expandable storage, and a massive 10000mAh battery. There's also two rear cameras — 48MP and 12MP — and a 24MP selfie camera on the front.

Release date: Q3 2019

Price: $970 USD (850 EUR)

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OnePlus 5G Prototype

OnePlus 5G phone prototype

AnandTech

Much like some of these other 5G smartphones, the OnePlus 5G phone will connect to mobile networks via the X50 modem from Qualcomm, but there's currently no name for the phone or much else in the way of specs.

Release date: The UK's EE will be the first network operator to have access to the OnePlus 5G phone in 2019, followed by Finnish carrier Elisa in Q2 2019

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Sony Xperia 5G Prototype

Sony Xperia 5G Prototype

Pocket-lint.com

The Sony Xperia 5G prototype, also known as AG-1, most likely runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with the X50 5G modem. It has a 21:9 aspect ratio like the Xperia 1, and a CinemaWide OLED screen.

However, according to Sony's senior manager Adam Marsh, this 5G device is used in testing only and isn't a reflection of a real commercial product. The phone as it's seen above will likely look different when Sony releases a true 5G phone, but there's no doubt that it will run on Qualcomm's 5G platform.

As of now, that's really all we know about this 5G phone from Sony.

Release date: Unknown

Price: Likely $1,500 USD or more considering the Xperia 1 will launch for around $1,100 USD

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Alcatel 7 5G

Alcatel 7 5G phone

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The Alcatel 7 5G is a 5G-capable phone with a 6.5-inch screen, 48MP+16MP+5MP triple rear-facing camera setup, and 4000mAh battery that runs off the Snapdragon 855 processor.

Not to be confused with the already-released Alcatel 7, this phone's specs aren't confirmed just yet, but some sources claim 6 GB of RAM. However, given the late release of this phone compared to some other 5G smartphones, a lot could change.

Release date: Late 2019 in some areas; probably Q1 2020 in Australia

Price: Likely less than $700 USD