What Are Some of the Upcoming 5G Mobile Phones I May Choose?

What Are Some of the Upcoming 5G Mobile Phones I May Choose?
August 16, 2019 17 Comments Uncategorized Jack Stephens

Are you really, REALLY in love with your current iPhone or Smartphone? Well, if it is only 4G, you will need to be ready to switch over to the new, greatly advanced technology that is 5G.

Personally, I have always had an Android phone, but it doesn’t matter whether your phone is an iPhone or Android Smartphone. Apple will be joining the process as well. See my comment in this article about that.

I have no qualms about moving to any one of the upcoming 5G mobile phones that either are, or will soon be, available. I want to be ready for the sweeping change that is occurring across the U.S. and the world!

Do I HAVE to Upgrade to 5G?

Welllll, …no. The change from 4G to 5G isn’t exactly the same as the upgrade from 3G to 4G. A 3G phone just simply wasn’t able to accommodate or keep up with the higher capabilities of 4G, so you ended up switching to 4G eventually. Not so with 5G. With the increased bandwidth and a few other technological innovations, your 4G phone may actually perform even better because it will be able to utilize some of that additional “space”.

If you have LTE (Long Term Evolution) on your phone, this is just a partial upgrade of 3G toward 4G. It works well enough, but wasn’t really the full step to 4G. In fact, if your phone claims to be “4G LTE”, it is really just 3G LTE. At any rate, going back to the previous line of thought, I am talking about whether or not you really NEED to upgrade to 5G.

Rollout Time

In order for 5G to function, new towers need to be installed all over the country. The wavelengths involved are more powerful and can carry much more traffic, but the signals don’t travel as far – at least with the industry’s current transmission technology. That means more towers need to be placed closer together. Design and installation of the new towers will take time.

Additionally, the telecom companies are utilizing a sharing capability that will allow 4G and 5G to cooperatively use the same tower systems by adding 5G radio to the existing towers. This gives a partial boost into 5G for some functions while relying on existing 4G for the rest. Towers dedicated to 5G will have time to spread across the country in the years to follow.

It is estimated that by 2025 15% of the world’s cell phone connections will be 5G, but in North America, that percentage will probably be closer to at least 47%. But the article goes on to say that even if the percentage of 5G is higher by then, it will augment the previous “G”s, rather than replacing them altogether – at least for a while. (See https://www.cnet.com/news/no-5g-isnt-going-to-make-your-4g-lte-phone-obsolete/)

So even though it is my recommendation that you go ahead and make the switch, you do have some time to prepare since the spread of the new technology will not be instantaneous. So then, now that you have considered the rollout timing for 5G in your area and you know this is the wave of the future, what’s next?

So Phonewise, What Are Some Good Choices?

In another post, I go into more detail about the current or soon-to-be-released models available. Check it out here:  https://5g-cell-phones.com/what-5g-phones-are-available-now

For now, let me give you a quick rundown. Remember that this is not an exhaustive list, but I highlight some of the best known models as of August, 2019. You will note the absence of Apple products. This is not an oversight. Apple is apparently remaining “on hold” to see perhaps how others’ 5G products are received before introducing their phones. Look for them to appear, more than likely, some time in 2020.

So here they are in rapid-fire random order:

  • OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G
  • Huawei Mate X 5G
  • Motorola’s Moto 4
  • Sony’s Xperia 2
  • LG V50 ThinQ 5G
  • Honor 5G
  • Oppo Reno 5G
  • Moto Z3 5G
  • and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3.

Some of these mobile phones are not available in the United States, but I include them because the 5G revolution is worldwide and other countries are producing their own models as well. So keep your eyes and ears open.

When you feel the time is right, check with your phone service provider about any new 5G phones coming out, but use this list as a starting point. Look them up online to learn about each model’s unique features such as multiple camera lens systems, folding screens, etc. The future is bright. Make your choice and enjoy!

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  1. 1

    Rolondo Campbell

    Yes sir. I appreciate this information. I find it very interesting that Apple (who is usually the leader) has decided to take a look-see first. I have heard that health concerns were the reason why. Do you know if this is true or not?

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      Jack

      I have no credible evidence that Apple is holding back due to health concerns. Instead, Apple appears to have a “wait and see” philosophy. Not in regard to whether 5G will be accepted and will be workable, but rather they may want to evaluate the problem areas the other providers experience and address them before they release their entry into the marketplace. This may mean that their phones, although released later, will, perhaps, be a bit more advanced and technologically “perfected” than the earlier products released by their competitors. Let’s see how it all turns out in 2020.

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    Vasilij

    When do you expect 5g phones will become a must have?

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      Jack

      That depends on where you live. There are some major city areas that already have 5G. I would say that the further away from these area you are, the more time you will have before you have to make the conversion. And on my site, I also point out that your 4G phone will still work. More longterm, I will stick with the timeline I have seen in my research, which means that by 2025, 5G will be firmly established and will be the expected “norm”. We will have to wait and see.

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    Mohammad

    This is a great post, but I believe not all countries have this advantage to get 5G, but as you said it is not a that big difference between 4G and 5G. But anyway, I loved reading it. I have a question about it though. I was wondering to buy Samsung’s Galaxy S10 or Note version. Which one do you suggest for better quality and does Note come with 5G?

    Thank you again for this amazing post, looking forward to reading more about this.

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      Jack

      Note 9 is a great choice, but no, it is not 5G. You will have to wait a year or so before that version may become 5G capable.

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    Ivan

    Yeah, it’s strange to hear that Apple isn’t leading the trend. I wonder why. Thanks for sharing this comprehensive article on the upcoming 5G mobile phone. What do you think, is the new 5G technology affect the prices of the new devices?

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      Jack Stephens

      As with anything new, the prices will be higher for 5G devices, but will be well worth it. Over time, prices usually come down a bit, but I don’t believe the difference will be worth waiting that long. You will get the advantages sooner by converting sooner.

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    Jack Stephens

    The Note 10, which IS 5G , is now available. Surprise! It will be difficult to keep up with all the new 5G phones that will be released.

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    Juan Felipe

    Hi!

    I had no idea that 5g was already a thing! Do you know why Apple cell phones don’t have it yet? I really love iphone and I don’t want to change the brand that I have.

    On the other hand, the other devices that you mentioned seemed great, so let me know because I really want to go for a 5g phone!

    Thank you.

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      Jack

      Hi, Juan. First of all, make sure you are in an area that is now offering or is about to offer 5G. Or if you travel often to such an area, it will be immediately worth it to you. 

      Apple is Apple. Their timing for 5G equipment is sometime in 2020. Not exactly sure why the delay. I have heard a few things but rather than speculate, I would advise that you hang on a few more months. Personally, I feel they are waiting to make sure their cell phones will be the latest and greatest when it comes to 5G. It is their decision to hold off, but you can know it isn’t due to any doubt about 5G and it isn’t because they are somehow “behind”. 

      Remember that the infrastructure like towers, poles, etc. need to be in place and this may have something to do with it, depending on which transmission vendors they are dealing with.

      If you just can’t wait, go for one of the fine models I have already written about. Also keep your eyes open as new models may arise. I am trying to stay abreast of this myself.

      Thanks for your question. I hope this helps.

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    Stephanie

    I have an iPhone 6 and ever since I bought it I was told the service was going to be 4G LTE, but instead, as you said it ended up just being 3G LTE. I’m not mad though, it works perfectly. When I went to the phone company to ask about the 4G they didn’t even know what that was. Are companies trained anough to tell the audience what the 5G really is and how it works? 

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      Jack

      My current phone is 4G LTE too, and it also works fine. I am quite surprised at the lack of knowledge that your cell phone company personnel displayed and that they were not familiar with 5G at this point. The only explanation I have is that either they truly didn’t get any training about it and have not watched any television commercials announcing it or their company is not one of the major companies able to offer it, so they don’t want to talk about it. 

      Maybe it is something else, but those two possibilities come to mind. In the meantime, I invite you to read other information on my site to learn more about 5G. Then, go back and unload on those poor souls. Thank you for your comments.

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    Wendy

    My hubby and I have been thinking about upgrading our phones over the next six months or so. So I will really be watching to see what happens with the upcoming 5g options. Thanks for the information. I have a 4g LTE and had no idea my phone is really a 3g LTE. Thank bunches for the info.

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      Jack

      Hi, Wendy. “LTE” means Long Term Evolution and doesn’t mean anything really important. It just sounds good. Kind of like Ricardo Montalbon referring to the old Chrysler Cordoba as having an interior made of “rich Corinthian leather”. If you are old enough you will remember that. There is no such thing as “Corinthian” leather. It just sounded good rolling off his tongue in the commercials. I’m sure it sold a lot of cars though. 

      You might think of 4G LTE as being “3G on steroids” or something like that. My phone is 4G LTE and works fine but when I end up in a 5G capable area, I will want to convert, for sure.

      Anyway, your 4G LTE is OK for now. Be sure to check your area for the advent of 5G. I do think it is good to get ahead of the curve and be ready for it, but make sure 5G will be in your area in the next 2 or 3 years. The major telecom companies are all racing to get there and doing their best to exceed their estimates about “when”. Thank you for your input.

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    WSwartz

    I think the upgrade to 5G could take much longer than 2025. There are area’s that are pretty remote that will require the 5G change eventually and even with that being said, some of our towers are not very effective in rural areas right now. They are too far apart or maybe not high enough. I will personally switch to the 5G when I get my next phone but that won’t be for at least another 18 months. The Samsung 10 will be my newest phone. I have been a Samsung person for many years. The phones have always been very good to me and I prefer android.       Great information on the 5G and the phones that will work best with it for 2019. By 2025 who knows what new phones will be introduced by then. It seems like as soon as I get one paid off, there is a new one.

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      Jack

      Hi! You have made some very astute observations. The one thing I would have a slight disagreement with is the timing for the rollout/spread of 5G. A 100% total coverage for any “G” will probably not happen. Ever. I commented about this on one of my other posts where I noted that even traveling in an around a metropolitan area like Columbus Ohio, I have found dead spots, even with 4G. 

      I think we have to consider advances like this in general terms. I know some countries still operate on 2G or 3G, so those areas will be behind the curve compared to countries like the U.S. or some European countries. A smaller modern country will have an easier time adapting simply because they will have less area to cover. 

      I will soon be posting information about why 5G transmission will not be as problematic as it sometimes may seem. For one example, there will not be a need for the huge existing towers we have for 4G. More antennas will be necessary, but they will be mounted on existing utility/phone poles, buildings, etc. as well as on the current towers.

      You are correct that more and more 5G models will arise. That is definitely inevitable. So is the price for new technology. At least early on, anyway. Thank you for writing!

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