5th generation mobile networks or 5th generation wireless systems, in short, is known as 5G. It is the latest proposed telecommunications standard after 4G, 3G and 2G. The mobile data world is now fully equipped with 4G LTE networks. Recently, after the introduction of Reliance Jio network in India, the country has got a huge 4G network boost and is also ready for the next chapter.
5G network is the next chapter in the telecommunications standard, which will make our smartphones even more fast and powerful. Companies such as Qualcomm, Huawei and Nokia are working very hard to shape the standards of 5G. Today, we will look at the best 5G smartphones available in the world. Actually, there are upcoming smartphones that will get launched in the second half of 2017 and first half of 2018. However, before checking these best 5G devices, let’s have a look at the characteristics of 5G network.
First of all, let’s find out what is 5G? It is an upcoming telecom network system which will have much higher speeds and capacity along with much lower latency, compared to existing cellular systems. The technologies which are going to be used in 5G are still being defined. Mostly, 5G networks will be using a type of encoding called OFDM, similar to the one used in 4G LTE. 5G networks will be much smaller and smarter, compared to any previous systems. According to reports, the standard bodies are aiming at 20Gbps speeds at 1ms latency.
5G will not only enable better usage of smartphones, but it will also start the era of driverless smart cars and smart homes. In the smartphone sector, the biggest change with the introduction of 5G is expected in the field of AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality). In USA, AT&T and Verizon is expected to launch pre-5G in 2017 but official 5G will get launched in 2018 and will go mainstream by 2019. Now, lets check out the upcoming 5G devices below.
Take a look at the Best 5G Smartphones (2018)
1. Apple iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 from the house of Apple will be the 10th anniversary special edition iPhone, scheduled to launch in 2017. It is expected to carry a 5.8-inch bezel-less OLED display and run on iOS 11.
- The iPhone 8 will be powered by A11 chipset and 4GB RAM. It will have a vertical dual camera lens setup at the back in order to put more emphasis on AR and VR.
- It will be the first iPhone to feature wireless charging as well. We are expecting it to also come with 5G network but if Apple chooses to skip it this year, iPhone 9 will surely be 5G enabled.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note8
- Samsung Galaxy Note8, to be launched in August 2017, might be one of the 5G smartphones. We are expecting Samsung to incorporate 5G network in this phablet but it may not happen as well.
- Other features include a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Infinity Super AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 6GB RAM. It will also have a dual camera setup at the back, in order to focus more on AR and VR.
- However, the battery seems to be on the lower side and thus we are expecting a 3300mAh battery under its hood with support for wireless and fast charging.
3. Nokia 9
- Nokia 9, an upcoming flagship smartphone of 2017, is also expected to support 5G network. This is because even Nokia is working very hard in defining the 5G network.
- The Nokia 9 will be featuring a 5.3-inch Quad HD AMOLED display and Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor. There will be three RAM variants as per reports – 4GB/6GB/8GB.
- In the camera department, we are expecting dual camera system consisting of two 13 megapixel sensors. It will be a 5G device or not remains to be seen but 4G VoLTE support will certainly be included.
4. Google Pixel 2 / Pixel XL 2
- Google will be launching its Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones in 2017. They will supposedly be powered by Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB RAM. If Google pushes it hard, the Pixel XL 2 might come with 6GB RAM as well.
- The Pixel 2 will most likely retain the 5-inch Full HD display, while the Pixel XL 2 will get a bigger display measuring at 6-inches.
- These phones will be running on Android 8.0 Oreo OS out of the box and most likely will support 5G network.
5. Samsung Galaxy S9 / Galaxy S9+
- Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will get launched in March 2018 and they are definitely strong contenders of being best mobiles in the near future. These phones will be powered by Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor coupled with 6GB RAM.
- The Galaxy S9 will feature a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ display whereas the S9+ will come with a 6.2-inch Quad HD+ display. They will run on TouchWiz UI based on Android 8.0 Oreo OS out of the box.
- In the camera department, they will sport dual rear cameras as well. As usual, they will be water and dust resistant.
6. LG G7
- LG G7, the successor of the G6 and G6+, is expected to launch at MWC in Barcelona in March 2018. According to reports, all the major flagship smartphones of 2018 will support 5G network and thus the G7 will be one of the best mobiles as well.
- It will sport a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ display, which will be powered by Snapdragon 845 processor. For multitasking and storage, the LG G7 will have 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM. It will run on LG UX 7.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo OS.
- In the camera department, we can expect a 16 megapixel primary rear camera along with a 13 megapixel secondary rear camera.
7. HTC U12
- HTC U12 will be launched at MWC 2018 in Barcelona in March. Like other flagship phones of 2018, the U12 is also expected to support the 5G network. It will feature a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ display, that will run on HTC Sense UI based on Android 8.0 Oreo OS.
- This smartphone will be powered by Snapdragon 845 processor and 8GB RAM. It will also be IP68 certified and pack in a 3200mAh battery with support for wireless and fast charging.
- In the camera department, we will get dual 12 megapixel rear cameras along with a 16 megapixel selfie shooter.
8. Xiaomi Mi 7
- Xiaomi Mi 7, the flagship smartphone of 2018 is expected to launch in March. Being one of the smartphones, it will also support 4G VoLTE and other networks.
- Other expected features include a 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display, Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor and 8GB RAM. It will run on MIUI 9 based on Android 8.0 Oreo OS. We are expecting a vertical dual camera setup at the back, just like the iPhone 8.
- The vertical camera design is specifically made for VR and AR. It will have a glass and metal finish along with water and dust resistant body.
9. Huawei P11 / P11 Plus
- Huawei P11 and P11 Plus, the next set of flagship smartphones, will get launched at MWC in March 2018. Since Huawei will be a major contributor in laying down the framework of 5G network, these will be 5G smartphones for sure, if the network doesn’t get delayed beyond 2018.
- The P11 will sport a 5.2-inch Quad HD display whereas the P11 Plus will rock a 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display. These will be powered by Kirin 970 octa-core processor and 6GB of RAM. They will run on EMUI 6.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo OS.
- There will be a 20 megapixel primary camera along with a 12 megapixel secondary camera at the back in both the phones.
10. OnePlus 6
- OnePlus 6, one of the best upcoming flagship smartphones of 2018 is expected to launch in June. If all other flagship smartphones get 5G connectivity, then OnePlus 6 will also be a 5G mobile phone.
- It will rock a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ bezel-less Infinity display which will get powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor and 8GB RAM. If OnePlus goes crazy, we can even see 10GB or 12GB RAM in the upcoming OnePlus 6 smartphone.
- It will obviously come with dual rear cameras like the OnePlus 5. The smartphone will run on Oxygen OS based on Android 8.0 Oreo OS out of the box.
We hope that you have liked our list of best 5G smartphones. The 5G network will supposedly be launching in 2018 and thus we are expecting all the major flagship smartphones to support the latest standard. If the 5G rollout gets delayed to 2019, then the next set of flagship smartphones will definitely support 5G. We will keep on updating the article whenever we get any developments on 5G. Do share this article for spreading awareness about the next big thing in the world of telecom.