The 5G network is going to revolutionize mobile connectivity by delivering unprecedented coverage and faster connection speeds. Even though 5G isn’t available everywhere yet, you can already purchase a 5G-compatible phone.
If you’re thinking about upgrading your phone, a
Samsung Note 10 Plus 5G
With an enormous 6.8-inch screen packed into a stylish curved body, the Samsung Note 10 Plus is our favorite Android phone right now and one of the best smartphones you can buy. It may not be very original, but Samsung has stuffed every feature you could want into an elegant design that’s a joy to use.
The enormous screen is vivid, sharp, and mesmerizing. There’s a Snapdragon 855 inside with 12 GB of RAM, and you get 256GB or 512GB of storage with room to expand by up to 1TB with a MicroSD card. The versatile camera takes great shots in a wide variety of settings and is adept at video capture. The 4,300mAh battery is enough to see you through a busy day and there’s support for wireless charging and very fast wired charging. All of that comes before we mention the S Pen accessory, which also doubles as a remote.
Samsung also offers several handy software features to beef up the productivity potential of the
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Internally, it has the same Snapdragon 855, but with 8GB of RAM, which is still plenty for most people. The main camera is every bit as versatile, but the S10
Both phones start from a frightening $1,300, so you’ll need to weigh up what matters to you to decide which one to opt for. If you prefer a slightly bigger screen, expandable storage, and the S Pen, then opt for the
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
Available for $840, the OnePlus 7 Pro
Battery life is a little disappointing — there’s a capacity of 4,000mAh — but it does charge up fast. It lacks water resistance and wireless charging but at several hundred dollars less than Samsung’s flagships you’re unlikely to care. We tested the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G in the U.K. and found it very capable where
Here’s another option that won’t break the bank, though it also won’t come close to matching the stats of the first three phones on this list. The Moto Z4 is a midrange phone with a Snapdragon 675, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. There is a 6.4-inch OLED screen, but it’s not as sharp, fluid, or impressive as our previous recommendation. It has a single-lens camera, though it is rated at 48 megapixels, which enables Motorola to combine images for better quality through pixel binning, producing a 12-megapixel image in the end. The 3,600mAh battery will see you through most days with change.
LG V50 ThinQ 5G
There are a few reasons that you might consider LG’s first
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