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