It was just the start of 2019 and telecommunications companies, chipmakers and smartphone firms had been showcasing their 5G smartphones as the competition on the fifth-generation network is raging on.
So what is this fifth-generation (5G) network? 5G is the latest generation of cellular mobile communications. Its performance targets high data rate, reduced latency, energy saving, cost reduction, higher system capacity, and massive device connectivity.
Like the earlier generation 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile networks, 5G are digital cellular networks, in which the service area covered by providers is divided into a mosaic of small geographical areas called cells.
The major advantage of 5G networks is that it achieve much higher data rates than previous cellular networks, up to 10 Gbps; which is faster than current cable internet, and 100 times faster than 4G LTE.
With this promising performance of 5G, many smartphone makers are putting their effort into developing their very own 5G phones.
Here are the hot 5G smartphone currently hot in the market:
- The Chinese tech giant made a noise at an event when they introduced their foldable smartphone Huawei Mate X. It displays an 8-inch OLED display once unfolded from its 6.6-inch and 6.32-inch estates. It also sports 5G capability with its Kirin 980 chip embedded with the company’s Balong 5000 5G modem.
- Huawei Mate X is priced at 2,3000 euros ($2,600)
- Samsung just launched their Samsung Galaxy S10 5G in February 2019. It comes with a 6.70-inch touchscreen display and is powered by 1.9GHz octa-core processor. It comes with 8GB of RAM and packs 256GB of internal storage.
- Xiaomi just unveiled its first 5G smartphone which they called the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. It was an upgrade of their previous product Mi Mix 3. It comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset inside to allow access to 5G internet. It displays 6.39-inch full HD+AMOLED screen with no notch.
- Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is priced at 599 euros ($680)
- LG, the two-letter South Korean electronics firm also released the LG V50 ThinQ smartphone in February. LG V50 ThinQ is not the ‘foldable’ type of mobile phone, but it does have another screen that works independently. It offers a detachable screen. It has 6.4 inch 3120x1440px OLED FullVision display. Equipped with Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6GB of Ram, 128 GB storage.
- The ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G was also launched in February. IT is full of promised as the phone boast a triple-lens camera, in-display fingerprint scanner as well as the 5G network speed. It features a Snapdragon 855 processor as well as Qualcomm’s X50 5G modem. ZTE said that the smartphone will be available in Europe and China in the first half of 2019.
Though 5G’s rollout has been limited, tech giants are already gearing up to release their own versions of the 5G smartphone that will be out on the market.