The development of 5G technology requires a lot of work from the phone maker, the carrier and the region where it would work.
Getting these three bodies to be ready for 5G is quite challenging. Although 5G technology has been launched and it is currently in use in some regions, we can safely say that it is still at its infant stages. This year, a couple of phone makers have already released 5G smartphones and more are scheduled to release before the year ends. In this post, we will be looking at the 5G smartphones which will be available for purchase this year.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S10 5G VERSION
South Korean manufacturer, Samsung, surprisingly beat everyone to the release of the first 5G smartphone. In February, Samsung announced the Galaxy S10 5G version and about a month ago, the company released this smartphone in the US. This smartphone is currently exclusive to Verizon and it comes with a $1299 price tag. It comes with 8GB of RAM and 256/512GB of internal storage.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G version is supposed to be another 5G device from the company but the standard version of the Galaxy Fold comes with a series of display issues which forced the company to postpone its official sales. Thus there is no telling when the 5G version of this phone will be available.
HUAWEI MATE X
On April 23, Huawei announced its 5G equipment roadmap at the Global Analyst Conference. The foldable Huawei Mate X which support 5G network caught more attention and it will be released in July this year.
Huawei Mate X adopts the eversion + grip shaft design. In the folded state, it has a 6.6-inch front display with a resolution of 2480 x 1148 (19.5:9). The rear has a 6.38-inch long and narrow screen with a resolution of 2480 × 892 (25:9). The overall thickness of this smartphone is 11 mm. However, when the 8-inch flat panel (2480×2200 resolution) is unfolded, the thickness is 5.4 mm.
The Huawei Mate X is equipped with the Kirin 980 processor coupled with Huawei’s internally developed Barong 5000 5G chip. At present, the Mate X comes with a €2,299 price tag. Huawei’s CEO, Yu Chengdong, said that the product will be listed in mid-2019 and is expected to have a monthly capacity of 100,000 units.
XIAOMI MI MIX 3 5G VERSION
At the MWC 2019 conference in February this year, Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi, announced the existence of a 5G version of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. Recently, (May 2nd to be specific), this smartphone was launched in Europe (Switzerland) through Swiss operator Sunrise. Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 adopts a magnetic power slide-like design such that the front camera and other sensors are hidden under the display.
With this design, the Mi MIX 3 has a 93.4% display ratio. The company claims that the life span of the magnetic power slide is 300,000 slides. However, a private smartphone reviewer said that the Mi MIX 3 can take up to twice the official figure.
This smartphone uses a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen; it is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform coupled with 6GB/8GB/10GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of internal storage. In addition, at the release press conference, Xiaomi’s CEO also emphasized that the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 has adopted the strongest post-AI dual-camera. It has a front-facing 24MP sensor which supports 960-frame slow-motion photography, and its DxOMark score is 108 points.
The highest variant of the regular version costs 3999 yuan ($594). The 5G version of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is expected to be available for purchase in June. As far as we know, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G version will cost €599 (~ US$671) More