5G has been deployed in the United States and although it still isn’t what one might call widespread, there are a number of phones that are ready to take advantage of it. Besides, as time goes, we will definitely see an increase in the number of towers, making high-speed connectivity as widespread as 4G is right now. So it’s a good idea to invest in a 5G phone at this moment. If you’re looking for one, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a list of the best 5G phones you can buy in the US right now.
iPhone 12 Pro
Among these are four new iPhones, the iPhone 12 Pro hits the sweet spot in terms of its price and its features, according to us. But even if you buy the other models, you can rest assured that all of them ship with 5G support. The iPhone 12 Pro runs on Apple’s new state-of-the-art A14 Bionic chip, which is arguably the fastest mobile chipset in the market. It comes with four cameras on its back, with one of them being a special LiDAR camera aimed at aiding augmented reality apps. The iPhone 12 Pro holds a 6.1-inch OLED display and a battery that can be charged wirelessly. Do note that it does not come with a charging brick, so you’ll probably have to purchase it separately if you don’t have a spare one. The iPhone 12 Pro can be purchased at $999.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
What’s not to love in a phone that folds into half? As its name suggests the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is Samsung’s second attempt at a foldable premium flagship phone and this time, it has really succeeded in getting things right. You get a rather large and tall outer display and an even larger inner display, which is a whopping 7.6 inches in size and grabs a 120Hz refresh rate. In total, five cameras are present on the device. While three of them are on its rear surface, there’s one each inside the punch-holes of both its displays, meant for clicking selfies. What’s more, the phone’s foldable design allows you to capture selfies using its rear cameras as well. At the heart of the device is a Snapdragon 865 chipset, which grants it 5G capabilities. As much as it’s an advanced piece of hardware, it demands a really high price of $1,999.
OnePlus 8 Pro
The OnePlus 8 Pro is a rather affordable flagship compared to its contemporaries. It boasts of a 120Hz AMOLED display, the Snapdragon 865 chipset and up to 12GB of RAM. The quad-camera setup of this smartphone includes a 48MP main camera, a 48MP ultra-wide camera, an 8MP telephoto camera and a 5MP colour filter camera. The phone is even capable of capturing 4K videos at 60fps. The OnePlus 8 Pro also impresses with its 4,510mAh battery that grabs whopping 30W fast charging speed, allowing it to go from 0 to 50% in just 23 minutes. Moreover, it also supports 30W fast wireless charging and 3W reverse wireless charging. The phone can be yours at $899.
If you’re a photography buff, the Pixel 5 should be your first choice. The device compromises on a number of aspects, but when it comes to clicking photos, it’s arguably the best phone out there. And it does that despite grabbing a rather old 12.2MP sensor. The Pixel 5 also comes with a 16MP ultra-wide camera, moreover. It features a 6-inch OLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate and runs on a Snapdragon 765G chipset that gives the phone its 5G capabilities. Inside the Pixel 5 is a 4,080mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging as well as wireless charging. The Pixel 5 costs $699 and if that’s out of your budget, you can even go for the Pixel 4a 5G, which offers the same cameras and runs on the same processor as the flagship, but drops some features like the high refresh rate display. Oh, and it’s cheaper by $200.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
The Galaxy Note series from Samsung is all about the S Pen. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the latest iteration, which comes with a massive 6.9-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. In case you need an idea of how large that panel is, there used to be tablets of the same size not too long ago. But thanks to its ridiculously small bezels, the phone is able to keep its size down to normal, which is a great design feat from Samsung. The Note 20 Ultra’s rear camera setup is headlined by a 108MP main camera. The other two cameras are 12MP in resolution and grab telephoto and ultra-wide lenses. Together with the main camera, they contribute towards delivering 100x zoom support. The phone is even capable of capturing 8K videos, which is incredible. The 5G-capable Galaxy Note 20 Ultra costs $1,299 here in the States.
Motorola’s surprise announcement this year was the Edge+, which is the company’s most powerful phone in years and also one of its most expensive yet, at $999. Its most noteworthy aspect is its massive 6.7-inch display that wraps around the edges at nearly 90 degrees on both sides. Motorola refers to it as the Endless Edge display and it’s no surprise that it boasts of a 90Hz refresh rate. The Edge+ has also been blessed with stereo speakers that have been tuned using technology from Waves. To top things off, the Edge+ features a 108MP triple camera setup that’s capable of capturing 6K videos. You also get a 5000mAh battery and a headphone jack, which is not found on any other phone in this list.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Samsung both conceived and manufactured the Galaxy S20 FE during the COVID-19 pandemic with an aim of giving users access to its flagship features at a lower price. The phone is an absolute stunner at $699, as it retains most of the selling points of the flagship S20 range. You get the same 5G-capable Snapdragon 865 chipset and a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It also features IP68 dust/water resistance and comes with a 32MP selfie camera. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE holds a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 12MP main camera, an 8MP telephoto camera and another 12MP ultra-wide camera.