Wireless networks haven’t received significant upgrades in years, but all of that is changing as Verizon rolls out the 5G Ultra Wideband network to more than 30 cities by the end of the year.
Of course, in order to take advantage of the incredible benefits of 5G you’ll need a 5G smartphone with the proper processors and modems. So the question becomes: what 5G Verizon smartphones are there? What smartphones can you expect to be compatible with 5G when you’re shopping for an upgrade? Wonder no more — these are the most exciting 5G phones on Verizon that you can purchase by the end of the year.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
The 5G-compatible version of the flagship Galaxy S10 line will be available within a month, possibly as early as May 16. In terms of 5G phones, Samsung leads the pack. The impressive specs of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will actually feature several hardware and software upgrades when compared to the Galaxy S10. Some of these changes include:
- A fourth camera — The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will feature four rear-facing sensors, including an hQVGA 3D-depth sensing camera to allow you to shoot with bokeh on video. It also contains a time-of-flight sensor on both front and rear cameras to measure depth and improve selfies.
- A massive screen — The Galaxy S10 5G will feature an enormous display, even larger than the 6.4” AMOLED display on the Galaxy S10+. If you preorder a Galaxy S10 5G you can expect a 6.7” AMOLED display that will require two hands to properly navigate.
- A better battery — Early reports indicate that the Galaxy S10 5G will be packing a wallopping 4,500 mAh battery. When streaming live sports or watching YouTube on Verizon 5G you’ll be grateful for the extra juice.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is specifically designed to unlock the full power of the Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband network. This means incredibly fast speeds, low latency, and dependable performance even when you’re at a crowded sporting event or on a busy city street.
Are there any drawbacks to the Galaxy S10 5G? We don’t think so, at least in terms of performance. But the cutting edge specs come with a price, probably around $999 for the base model. If this price point keeps the Galaxy S10 5G out of consideration, consider a more affordable option to experience the lightning-fast Verizon 5G. An option like:
Motorola Moto Z3 (With 5G Moto Mod)
As of this writing only select neighborhoods in Chicago and Minneapolis have access to the Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband network, but 5G access will be available in more than 30 cities by the end of the year. If you want a 5G-compatible phone today, there’s actually one you can buy: the Moto Z3.
Connecting to 5G Ultra Wideband is made possible with the 5G Moto Mod. If you’ve never owned a Motorola smartphone, Moto Mods are add-ons that snap to the back of your Moto Z3 and add functionality to your phone. The Moto 5G accessory snaps on to your phone and connects you to the 5G network, and comes with a 2,000 mAh battery to power your phone when the upgrade to 5G inevitably uses more data.
Reasons to consider a Motorola Moto Z3:
- An unbeatable price — The Moto Z3 is affordable even for a mid-range phone, launching at just $480. If you want the blazing speeds of 5G without investing in a top-tier smartphone that costs $1000 or more, you can’t go wrong with the Moto Z3.
- Respectable specs — The Moto Z3 packs a punch for what you pay compared to other 5G-compatible phones soon to be on the market. The phone contains a 6” AMOLED display, two 12MP rear-facing cameras, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a Snapdragon 835 chip.
- Decent battery — The 3,000 mAh battery performs well compared to other mid-range phones. Plus, you can refuel 50% of the battery in just 30 minutes using TurboPower™ charging. And again, this will be supplemented by the battery in the Moto 5G.
The biggest drawback of the Moto Z3 is the last-gen specs, but it’s a powerful phone that connects you to ultra-fast 5G for half the price of other options.
LG V50 ThinQ
LG is getting into the 5G market in a big way, allowing Sprint and Verizon customers to experience the myriad of 5G benefits with their new flagship, the LG V50 ThinQ.
The LG V50 ThinQ is extremely similar to last year’s V40 ThinQ. Elements of the smartphone that are essentially the same include:
- A 6.4” POLED display
- Triple rear-facing cameras (two 12MP lenses and a 16MP wide angle lens)
- Dual front-facing cameras (one 8MP lens and one 5MP wide angle lens)
- 6GB of RAM
While the packaging of the phone doesn’t seem to be receiving a facelift, there are many interior elements that are cause for excitement:
- More storage — The V50 ThinQ will feature double the amount of storage (128GB).
- Better processing — The phone will include the latest Snapdragon 855 chipset.
- Larger battery — The V50 ThinQ will jump from a 3,300 mAh battery to a 4,000 mAh battery.
- Vapor chamber — This addition will keep the phone cool and powered during prolonged gaming or video-watching binges.
The 5G version of the LG staple will connect many Android users to the ease and advantages of the 5G network upon launch. Expect a price point around $999.
Will There Be an iPhone 5G?
Apple diehards are very curious when an iPhone with 5G-compatibility is expected to launch. As Apple did with the 4G rollout several years ago, the tech company is expected to wait — they likely won’t surprise us with a 5G handset this year.
An iPhone that can be used on Verizon 5G isn’t expected to launch until 2020. Industry experts believe Apple’s feud with Qualcomm could be a factor, but the company has a history of waiting to adopt the latest cellular technologies.
At your local GoWireless location you can pick up a Moto Z3 today to start enjoying the improved speed and performance of the Verizon 5G network. Equip your smartphone with the latest accessories like a battery case to prepare for the increased power use on 5G.