Compared to just a year ago, the number of 5G phones available on the market have sky-rocketed. Especially with last month's launch of the Samsung Galaxy S20 range phones – all of which are available with 5G connectivity.
5G promises up to 20 times the speed of regular 4G networks, which translates to 4K mobile streaming, faster video loading and smooth mobile gaming.
You would need a 5G SIM to use a 5G phone, so in most cases buying a 5G phone on contract may make more sense unless you prefer paying for the phone fully upfront and buying the SIM separately. Here we've gathered the best 5G phone contract deals in the UK
Keep in mind 5G phones operate with a separate 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 March 2020
You can find 5G phones from most major phone retailers and networks (though not all). Now that Samsung has launched three new Galaxy S20 phones – all of which have 5G connectivity – we expect 5G phone deals to become even more competitive.
A top deal now on the S20 Plus with O2 offers 160GB data for £48 per month without any upfront costs. You can also claim a free pair of Galaxy Buds+ earphones.
Meanwhile the Galaxy A90 5G has £180 off directly from Samsung. Alternatively, if you pick it up from Mobiles.co.uk you can get 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.
Samsung Galaxy S20 5G range
The latest 5G phones to arrive are Samsung's Galaxy S20 range, which launched on 11 February at the Galaxy Unpacked event. The phones are ready to pre-order and start shipping on 13 March (6 March in the US). The devices start at £899 for the S20 5G, £999 for the S20 Plus, and at £1,199 for the S20 Ultra.
See where to pick up the S20 phones SIM-free at the best rate, plus other contract deals in our dedicated deals round up.
Right now you can get up to £450 off the new phones directly from Samsung when you trade in your old qualifying phone. You can also claim a free pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds+ wireless earphones with purchases of the S20 Plus or S20 Ultra (valid until 8th March). The earphones, which launched with the S20 phones at the Unpacked event, are separately worth £159.
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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.
SIM-free, you can also pick up the Note 10 Plus 5G (256GB) from Laptops Direct (now £1029, £71 off)
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
If you don't want to splurge on the S20 5G there's the S10 of course (which received 4.5/5 stars in our review and a Tech Advisor Recommended badge).
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 £180 off or from a number of retailers including Carphone Warehouse, Argos, John Lewis (up to £300 cashback), Very, Littlewoods, Mobile Phones Direct, BT and Laptops Direct.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G
If you really want to go all out, you can pick up 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.
Samsung also launched another second folding phone the Galaxy Z Flip at its Unpacked 2020 event, but this is 4G only.
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.
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).
SIM-free you can pick up the Mate 20 X 5G with from Carphone Warehouse and Amazon, where it's currently £645. 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.
LG V50 ThinQ 5G
Oppo Reno 5G
EE prices are slightly more competitive than O2's for 2-year plans and start at £44 per month for 10GB of data and a £30 upfront cost.