5G's growth through 2019 has been steady. Within the past few months, we've seen the launch of several 5G phones, the roll-out of 5G service through EE and Vodafone, and O2 and Three gearing up to launch their own 5G networks.
As of 11 October BT has launched 5G coverage as well, after acquiring EE, so you can expect handsets to be available soon. The company is separately bundling its 5G coverage with its fibre broadband plans under a service called 'Halo', due to launch in November.
However, Vodafone was first to launch 5G on 3 July in select UK cities, followed by EE. O2 expects to launch its 5G network in October, and Three announced its 5G plans will begin with home broadband.
5G is the next generation of mobile network communication with speeds up to 20 times faster than regular 4G networks. 5G lets you stream videos and calls in 4K, with a lower latency, allowing faster video loading and smooth mobile gaming.
5G phones operate on a separate 5G modem. This means 5G phones can handle 4G networks and below, but 4G phones cannot handle 5G networks.
We've collected all the best deals and prices for existing 5G phones on the market, but we will be updating this as more phones become available.
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
The OnePlus 7 Pro is the best phone on the market in our opinion (see why we gave it 5/5 stars and a 'Tech Advisor Recommended' badge in our review). The 5G version takes it a notch further by adding lightning fast connectivity.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G
In our Note 10 Plus 5G comparative review, we said it's one of the best phones Samsung has ever made, but that 5G feature does make it expensive at £1,099 for the 256GB option, or £1,199 for the 512GB option. You can pick one up SIM-free from Samsung directly, or via Amazon. Contract options are available via O2, Vodafone and EE. Keep in mind, plans from O2 will be on 4G as its expecting to roll out 5G support in October.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
The A90 may be Samsung's mid-range 5G option, but it offers a premium Snapdragon 855 processor, a 6.7in AMOLED screen, a 48Mp main camera and a 4,500mAh battery. Here's everything you need to know about the A90.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G
If you really want to go all out, you can be an early adopter of a folding phone with 5G connectivity. The Samsung Galaxy Fold went on sale in the UK on 18 September with a steep £1,900 RRP. Not sure what to expect from a folding phone? See our hands-on review of the Galaxy Fold 5G.
Contracts are available only from EE.
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
The Mate 20 X 5G is now available in the UK in Emerald Green, starting at £999 (see our review of the standard Mate 20 X). You can pick it up on a 5G plan from Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse, or on 4G plans from Three and Sky Mobile.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
Though OnePlus may beg to differ, the first 5G phone to launch in the UK was the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G – and it's also the cheapest. See our review where it received 4 stars out of 5 and a Tech Advisor Recommended badge.
You can pick one up on contract from Vodafone, which is the exclusive network retailer. One of the best plans we're seeing right now offers unlimited data for £29 upfront and £69 per month and includes either Prime Video, Spotify, Now TV or Sky Sports Mobile for two years.
LG V50 ThinQ 5G
LG has its own 5G offering with the V50 ThinQ 5G which is the manufacturer's first 5G phone. It's available from EE starting at £64 per month with a £50 upfront cost for 10GB of data. You can browse higher data allowances over at Buy Mobiles and Affordable Mobiles. See other plans below.
Oppo Reno 5G
The Oppo Reno 5G is a mid-range option for 5G seekers and is available exclusively through EE, with prices starting at £49 per month for 10GB of data and a £30 upfront cost. You can find EE plans with no upfront cost from Buy Mobiles and Affordable Mobiles as well. Plus, here's everything you need to know about the Oppo Reno 5G.