This article was last updated by Digital Trends contributor Christian de Looper on 5/28/2020.
Phone carriers are rolling out their 5G networks. It will take years before 5G coverage is available everywhere, but this new network will deliver better speed and improved coverage. Now is the perfect time to invest in a flagship phone that supports 5G.
Getting a 5G phone will allow you to be among the first users to take advantage of the 5G network once it becomes available in your area, and these flagship phones stand out in terms of design and performance.
We’ve been reviewing 5G phones since the start, and have spent countless hours testing all aspects of 5G phones — including their performance, display quality, battery life, and their connectivity to 5G networks. And, we’ve covered 5G as a whole, from the rollout of 5G networks, to the development of 5G mobile modems.
Here are the best 5G phones we’ve tested so far.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra would be one of the best phones available even without 5G. The device offers excellent processing power, a stunning design, a beautiful display, and more.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra is more than powerful enough for anything you can throw at it. The device boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, along with either a hefty 12GB or 16GB of RAM, and either 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage. Powering it all is a 5,000mAh battery.
This all pairs well with the phone’s 5G support, as the high download speeds provide quicker access to the most demanding apps you’ll find on the Google Play store. 5G also tends to drain the battery more quickly than previous network tech, but this phone’s large battery helps offset that.
Samsung also offers the smaller, more affordable Galaxy S20 Plus, and the standard Galaxy S20. The Galaxy S20 series starts at $1,000.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G
With an enormous 6.8-inch screen packed into a stylish curved body, the Samsung Galaxy 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 Note 10 Plus. The stunning iridescent chrome of the Aura Glow finish is our pick of the color options. Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review for an in-depth look at what this device is capable of.
OnePlus 8 Pro
OnePlus has a history of delivering high-end phones at lower prices, and while the OnePlus 8 Pro is more expensive than any other OnePlus device to date, it still undercuts the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S20 by $100, coming in at $900. The device boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, coupled with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and it has a beautifully huge 6.78-inch display with a 1,440p resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate.
Even the camera is upgraded, with a quad-lens camera on the back and a hole-punch camera cutout on the front for the front-facing camera. It’s important to note that the device only supports low-band 5G — so you won’t be able to use it with mmWave networks. That said, most of the major reliable networks available right now are low-band networks, so you may not be missing much.
Motorola Edge Plus
Motorola has finally launched a new flagship, called the Motorola Edge Plus. The new device offers a classy design upgraded cameras, 5G support, and more.
Of course, in classic flagship fashion, the phone also has high-end internal specifications. You’ll get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, along with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Perhaps even cooler than the internal specifications, however, is the design of the phone, which includes a nice display that curves right around the edges of the phone.
Unfortunately, the phone is exclusive to Verizon — so you’ll need to have a Verizon subscription to take advantage of it. It’s also not available for purchase just yet — but it will be starting on May 14. The phone comes at $1,000.
LG V60 ThinQ 5G
There are a few reasons that you might consider the LG V60 ThinQ. For a start, there’s a huge 6.8-inch OLED screen, and a Snapdragon 865 inside with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and there’s a 5,000mAh battery. The triple-lens camera is not the best, but it is fairly versatile and there’s a good front-facing camera. LG has also found room for a headphone port, wireless charging, and water resistance on the spec sheet. The software isn’t great, it feels cluttered, and the design is not the most exciting. You can find out more in our LG V60 ThinQ 5G review. If you do buy the LG V60 ThinQ, the 5G support is only available on T-Mobile or AT&T, but they’re not interoperable, so if you buy on T-Mobile it will work on T-Mobile’s 5G network, but not AT&T’s and vice versa. You’re also looking at paying around $800 for this phone.
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