Unless you've had your head in the sand, you've probably picked up the buzz around 5G networks – whether it's the steady launch of 5G phones through 2019, EE's 5G roll-out in the UK, or the US-China spats around Huawei's 5G infrastructure, there's no question that the technology is making big waves.
Vodafone's roll-out of 5G network kicks off 3 July with the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G phones. It will only be available in select cities however, so check if yours is included. Three also announced its 5G plans for the UK, starting with home broadband.
5G presents the next generation of mobile network communication. It's up to 20 times faster than 4G networks, which means you can stream videos and calls in 4K. 5G also promises lower latency, which removes any lag when it comes to loading videos or playing video games. See our article 'What is 5G?' to learn everything you need to know about 5G.
4G phones won't work on a 5G network, though, as the phone would requires a separate 5G modem (5G phones can handle 4G and below, though).
Major phone manufacturers releasing 5G phones in 2019, including Samsung, Sony, LG Motorola and Google will rely on Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G modem, while Huawei will use the Balong 5000 chip.
In other words, if you want access to blazing speeds, you'll need to upgrade to a 5G phone – and thankfully these phones aren't significantly more expensive than high-end 4G phones.
EE and Vodafone are the main networks offering 5G in the UK at the moment, but you may be able to find better contract deals from these networks from other sellers. Both Buy Mobiles and Affordable Mobiles have deals from EE for all the phones covered in this article, except the Mi Mix 3 5G, which is only available through Vodafone.
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 stars out of 5 and a 'Tech Advisor Recommended' badge in our review). The 5G version takes it a notch further by adding lightning fast connectivity.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Also joining the 5G party is the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G model, which became available on 7 June.
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
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 retailer. One of the best plans we're seeing right now offer 100GB of data for £49 upfront and £65 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 for £79 per month with a £50 upfront cost for 30GB of data. You can however, pick up 30GB for a cheaper monthly rate from 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 £54 per month for 10GB of data and a £170 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.