New Year 2020 has arrived. If you're after a new 5G phone to kick off the year, look no further. We've gathered the best 5G phone deals across every 5G-enabled phone available in the UK right now.
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.
While you can buy certain 5G phones SIM-free, you would still need a 5G-compatible SIM to use the phone on 5G networks. Also keep in mind that 5G phones have a 5G modem inside, which means 5G phones can handle 4G networks and below, but 4G phones cannot handle 5G networks. For more about 5G see our explainer What is 5G?
Where to find 5G phone deals in January
You can find 5G phones from most major phone retailers and networks (though not all), many of which are participating in January or New Years 2020 sales.
If you're after the Galaxy Note 10 5G, Samsung's hacked off a decent £150 and is also throwing in a free Galaxy Watch Active worth £199. Head to Samsung to see this deal now. The same £150 discount and Galaxy Watch freebie is available on the Galaxy S10 5G as well.
You can claim the Watch Active with the Note 10 5G from retailers like Carphone Warehouse as well, which has also reduced £150 off the Note 10 5G's SIM-free price.
Meanwhile, a Galaxy A90 from Mobiles.co.uk can get you either a free pair of Beats EP On-Ear headphones, a £50 Love2Shop High Street voucher, or a free Amazon Fire 7 tablet. See all 5G phone deals from Mobiles.
You can see deals across all 5G phone deals below, both on contract and SIM-free.
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.
Samsung currently has £150 off the Note 10 5G, where it is now £949 for the 256GB option and £1049 for the 512GB option. You also get a free Galaxy Active smartwatch. Head to Samsung to see these January deals.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Also joining the 5G party is the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G model (which received 4.5/5 stars in our review and a Tech Advisor Recommended badge).
Samsung also has £150 off the S10 5G right now as a part of its January sales. You can also claim a free Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch.
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.
You can find the A90 5G SIM-free directly from Samsung where it currently has £40 off or from a number of retailers including Buy Mobiles, Affordable Mobiles, Carphone Warehouse, Argos, John Lewis, Very, Littlewoods, Mobile Phones Direct, BT and Laptops Direct.
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 2019 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.
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
The Mate 20 X 5G is 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, EE and O2 and Three (though availability may be limited). Sky Mobile is also offering the Mate 20 X 5G on contract, though 5G connectivity will go live later this year.
SIM-free you can pick up the Mate 20 X 5G with £200 off from both from Carphone Warehouse and Amazon, where it's currently £799. Mobile Phones Direct also offers the Mate 20 X 5G SIM-free, though there currently aren't any SIM-free discounts.
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 5G phone around. 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, O2, and Three. 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 £59 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
EE prices are slightly more competitive than O2's for 2-year plans and start at £49 per month for 10GB of data and a £30 upfront cost.