Top 10 Best 5G Smartphones of 2020
- 1 Top 10 Best 5G Smartphones of 2020
- 2 Samsung Galaxy S20/S20 Plus/S20 Ultra
- 3 LG V60 ThinQ 5G
- 4 OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren
- 5 Samsung Galaxy Note 10/10 Plus
- 6 Apple iPhone 11 Pro/Pro Max
- 7 Apple iPhone 11
- 8 Samsung Galaxy S10/S10 Plus
- 9 OnePlus 7T
The launch of the 4G network was super-hit and made a huge impact on the global network connection. However, the chain moves on so does the technology, which has led to the upgrading of the network carrier from 4G to 5G. With the rising demand for data communication, in terms of online games, music, videos & more such data-intensive services, both carriers & smartphone manufacturers are left to catch up to the speeds as demanded from the current generation of smartphone users.
Samsung Galaxy S20/S20 Plus/S20 Ultra
Samsung announced the Galaxy S20 series is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, AMOLED 120Hz refresh rate displays ranging from 6.2 to 6.9 inches, 12GB RAM (with 16GB option), 128GB to 512GB storage options with a microSD for even more capacity, three rear cameras (the Ultra has unique camera specifications), IP68 rating, WiFi 6, and Bluetooth 5.
Battery capacity ranges from 4,000 to 5,000mAh. The S20 does not support high band (mmWave) faster 5G networks so make sure you pick the device that will fit your network needs.
LG V60 ThinQ 5G
This latest LG V series device is powered with a triple rear camera system, 8K video recording, four microphones, ASMR and Voice Bokeh audio technology, and advanced camera software. It’s also powered by a massive 5,000 mAh battery with a 1080p display so it is sure to help you capture hours of video content.
The LG V60 ThinQ 5G is composed of two pieces of Gorilla Glass 5 with a metal frame and is certified for shock resistance to MIL-STD 810G. LG’s new phone has a 6.8-inch OLED panel, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage with a microSD card, and 5G. A Dual Screen cover is included for the $900 price and gives you a large platform for serious productivity.
Along with 5G and a focus on video capture, the LG V60 continues LG’s tradition of audio excellence with a 3.5mm audio port with quad DAC support and stereo speakers. It sounds great through the speakers, but the wired headphone experience is even better. It’s one of the last phones remaining with a 3.5mm audio port so audiophiles are sure to be pleased.
OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren
OnePlus flagship offers extremely responsive performance with its 90Hz display, fast UFS 3.0 256GB internal storage, massive 12GB RAM, and the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor. Triple rear cameras are found on the back with a 16 megapixel rising from the top just when you need it.
The OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren is composed of two pieces of Gorilla Glass with a metal frame. The design is elegant and the build quality is superb. It has a lovely AMOLED 6.67-inch display, a large 4,085mAh battery, and Warp Charge 30T capability, with excellent radio support for GSM networks. There is no certification for dust and water resistance and a 3.5mm headphone jack is nowhere to be found.
The smartphone is running the latest version of Android 10 and is regularly updated with the latest Android security update. The OnePlus 7T Pro is an extremely capable phone with a full retail price of $899.99.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10/10 Plus
The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is a smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, massive amounts of RAM, fast internal storage, microSD card expansion, capable rear quad-camera system, and much more.
Note 10, starting with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, starts at $949.99 while the Note 10 Plus with 12GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage starts at $1,099.99. There are also increased RAM and storage options for both devices, but the default base models offer ample RAM and storage for most users. The Note 10 Plus is available now from Samsung and all carriers. T-Mobile also just rolled out a 5G variant, priced at $1,299.99.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro/Pro Max
The only differences between the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are the display size and battery capacity. After going full circle, it’s clear that the 5.8-inch model works best for me. There’s a lot to be said for a phone that is easily pocketable and capable of satisfying people with smaller hands. It’s usable with one hand.
Apple has once again shown it bests all other phones in benchmarking testing with the Apple A13 Bionic chipset. Face ID continues to be one of the fastest and most secure methods of maintaining security on your phone, and the version in the iPhone 11 Pro has been improved for better performance. The iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999 while the iPhone 11 Max starts $1,099 for a minimal storage 64GB model.
Apple iPhone 11
Apple lets iPhone 11 buyers go from 64GB to 128GB for just $50. Thus, the iPhone 11 with 128GB is an excellent option for most people.
The iPhone 11 has a size between the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max with long battery life, capable processor, several color options, and rear dual camera setup. The iPhone 11 has an ultra-wide angle and standard rear cameras but doesn’t have the 2x telephoto zoom lens found on the other new iPhone 11 models.
The iPhone 11 starts at $699 for 64GB with the 128GB model priced at $749. Six colors are available so there is one to appeal to everyone.
Samsung Galaxy S10/S10 Plus
Samsung’s S10 and S10 Plus have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Super AMOLED Infinity-O display, 8GB RAM (with 12GB option), 128GB to 1TB storage options with a microSD for even more capacity, five cameras, IP68 rating, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5, ANT+, and a stunning design with gorgeous Prism color options.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus continues to have all of the excellent Galaxy Foundation aspects such as a high level of water resistance, fast wireless charging, a stunning Super AMOLED screen, expandable microSD storage, a 3.5mm headset jack, and much more. The Galaxy S10 started at $899.99 while the S10 Plus started at $999.99 for the 8GB/128GB model. With the release of the S20 series, Samsung dropped the price $150 across the board on the S10 series.
The OnePlus 7T launched at a $599 price, and unlike past OnePlus phones, there is just one RAM/storage option of 8GB/128GB. The only choices in the US are the colors Glacier Blue or Frosted Silver. This price is nearly half the price of most of the flagships at the top of this list and will also be offered by T-Mobile.
The OnePlus 7T an AMOLED 6.55-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor (only mainstream phone with this processor at this time), triple rear cameras, ample RAM and internal storage, a large 3,800mAh battery, and Warp Charge 30T capability, with excellent radio support for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and other US networks.
Google Pixel 4 XL and Pixel 4
The Google Pixel 4 XL has a large 6.3-inch 18:9 display, Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM, 64GB and 128GB integrated storage, dual rear 16MP and 12.2MP cameras, 8MP front-facing camera, IP68 dust and water resistance, a 3,700mAh battery, and dual front stereo speakers. The smaller Pixel 4 has a 5.7-inch display and a smaller 2,800mAh battery while the rest of the specs are the same as the XL model.
The smaller Pixel 4 starts at $799 while the Pixel 4 XL starts at $899 for the 64GB model. They are both powered by Android 10 and will receive OS upgrades for three years.
Google Pixel 3A XL and Pixel 3A
The Pixel 3A and 3A XL are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor with 5.6 or 6-inch OLED displays, 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, stereo speakers, and 3,000/3,700mAh battery options. This is targeted to the masses with limited internal storage and US carrier availability at Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, as well as unlocked directly from Google.
The smaller Pixel 3A is priced at just $399 while the Pixel 3A XL costs $479. The only option, other than size, is the color of the phone. Available colors include Just Black, Purple-ish, and Clearly White. They are both powered by Android 9.0 Pie and will receive OS upgrades for three years. Google’s newest Assistant features are present along with some other Google software advances. Rumors indicate we may see a Pixel 4a variant in the first half of 2020.