THE WORLD is preparing for super-fast 5G mobile internet, but you’ll need the right phone to join in the fun.
We’ve put together a complete guide on how to upgrade to 5G in 2019 – including the smartphones you’ll need.
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What is 5G? A quick guide
The term 5G stands for 5th-generation, and is simply the next “version” of mobile phone networks.
The world’s network operators have settled on a new method of delivering mobile internet to your phone, making it possible to offer far higher download speeds.
Early figures suggest you’ll be able to download 4K movies in a matter of seconds, and buffering video will be a thing of the past.
But 5G also promises low “latency” – the physical delay in transmitting data – which is a major boon for gamers, who desperately need their online actions to be sent and received as quickly as possible.
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What do you need for 5G?
The first thing you need is a 5G network, and those are in short supply.
So far, the only UK network that has explicitly committed to a tangible 5G rollout in the UK in 2019 is EE.
EE has vowed to get 16 cities across the country connected to 5G before the end of the year, giving its customers a major head start over rivals.
But you’ll also need the right phone to get 5G speeds – your old blower simply won’t do.
Inside smartphones are tiny chips called modems, which allow the handset to connect to mobile internet.
These modems need to be redesigned to support 5G networks, and right now there are only a few modems that do the job.
Your best bet currently is to bag a phone with either the Snapdragon X50 or Snapdragon X55 (both 5G-ready Qualcomm modems) inside.
More 5G modems will be created over time, which we’ll update this page with soon.
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5G phones 2019 revealed – all the models you need to know
Here’s a quick list of the 5G phones that have been confirmed, along with their expected launch dates:
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Edition – releasing “early summer”
Samsung Galaxy Fold – releasing April 26 (US) / May 3 (Europe)
Huawei P30 or Mate 30 – possibly launching at March 26 event
Honor (name TBC) – 2019
OnePlus (name TBC) – prototype revealed at MWC 2019 in late February
Oppo (name TBC) – 2019
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G – Q1 2019 release
Qualcomm has heavily teased that its 5G Snapdragon modems will be powering Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo and LG handsets this year.
And Samsung has confirmed that Snapdragon chips will be powering its 5G handsets for 2019.
These 5G smartphones will likely be expensive initially, but the price will drop over time – just like with the launch of 4G.
It’s also rumoured that we’ll see 5G phones from Sony, LG and HTC in 2019, followed by Apple in 2020.
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How much will a 5G phone contract cost?
Sadly there’s no word on how much you’ll have to pay to get 5G internet just yet.
It’s likely that it’ll be very expensive initially, as was the case with 4G – but it will get cheaper over time.
Speaking at a briefing recently attended by The Sun, Qualcomm’s Ben Timmons was asked if Brits will be forced to pay huge fees for very small 5G data plans.
“Short-term, [I have] no idea,” he explained.
“Long-term, I think [networks] will move to something akin to unlimited, but you’ll get to the point where the bucket is so big that it doesn’t matter.
“Long-term, I think they’ll open up and that will stop being a problem. Short-term, they’ve got a lot of challenges to deal with.”
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It’s entirely possible that Apple launches the iPhone 11 with support for 5G later this year.
Could the rumoured Sony Xperia XZ4 also be a major 5G contender?
For a more tangible blower, check out the hugely impressive iPhone XS.
Are you planning to buy a 5G ready smartphone this year? Let us know in the comments!
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