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Best 5G Phone 2020 – Tech Advisor

2019 was the year the 5G phones started appearing on store shelves, 2020 is the year that the technology is really taking off; with the country’s major mobile carriers now all supporting this new super-fast network infrastructure and a wealth of manufacturers now offering top-tier phones with 5G modems onboard.

Best 5G phones 2020

1. OnePlus 8 Pro – Best overall

2. Samsung Galaxy S20 – Best for ease of use

3. Oppo Find X2 Pro – Best camera

Oppo Find X2 Pro

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – Best for productivity

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

5. OnePlus Nord – Most affordable

OnePlus Nord

6. Realme X50 Pro – Best value

Realme X50 Pro

7. Oppo Find X2 Neo – Best design

Oppo Find X2 Neo

8. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G – Great for multitasking

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

9. Samsung Galaxy A90 5G – Great value

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

10. Red Magic 5G – Best for gaming

Nubia Red Magic 5G

Before you buy

Getting a 5G phone is only one piece of the puzzle, of course. To actually take advantage of this next-gen connectivity you need to:

  1. Have a 5G-capable phone
  2. Subscribe to a network that actively offers 5G connectivity
  3. Subscribe to a contract that actively includes 5G connectivity
  4. Be in an area with good 5G coverage

EE and Vodafone were the first networks to get their 5G networks up and running, with O2 joining the fray in October 2019. Three’s 5G network was technically up and running in 2019 too but the carrier didn’t start offering 5G phone plans until earlier this year. 

There’s also the matter of the nation’s MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators) – carriers that effectively piggyback off of other networks’ existing 5G infrastructure. Right now, BT Mobile (using EE’s 5G network), Sky Mobile (using O2’s 5G network), Tesco Mobile (using O2’s 5G network) and Voxi (using Vodafone’s 5G network) all also offer 5G plans/phones.

Before you splash out on a 5G phone, it’s worth checking to see what the quality of 5G coverage in your area is like. Not all 5G phones are available from all carriers and you may have to change network if you want to reap the benefits of 5G in your area.

Check out RootMetrics’ coverage map for an independent evaluation of mobile coverage (including 5G coverage) from the UK’s major carriers, across the nation.

Why upgrade to 5G?

5G is around 20 times faster than 4G, with the potential for even better speeds in future. With 5G, you’ll be able to stream video in 4K resolution without buffering and make high-resolution video calls if you so wish. There are also benefits for mobile gaming, because of 5G’s lower latency. For more details on the technology, check out our What is 5G?‘ guide.

Related: Best cheap 5G phone 2020

If you decide to wait, we’ve also tested some great 4G smartphones at various price points. Check out the best flagship, mid-range and budget phones available now, as well as some great phones coming soon (some are even foldable, which for now is arguably cooler than supporting 5G).

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