If we are among the lucky ones who live in a city already covered by 5G and we are considering the purchase of a new smartphone, it is worth considering this new technology, so as to be among the first to exploit it properly.
So let’s see what 5G and are together best phones with integrated 5G so that you are ready to take advantage of this new network connection.READ ALSO: What is 5G and differences between cellular frequency bands
Best phones with 5G technology
In the following chapters, we will first show you what 5G technology is, what its advantages are, and how to check if there is already coverage in your city.
After this premise we will show you the best 5G phones that we can buy at the moment, preferring to buy online (which offers low prices and an unreachable product guarantee).
What is 5G and how to check coverage
5G is a new technology of wireless internet connection (on a cellular network), with which it is possible to connect numerous devices without the aid of a telephone cable. It promises to reach very high maximum speeds (up to 20 Gbps), although in everyday use it is realistic to think that you can navigate around 1Gbps (i.e. 1000 Mega per second).
If the speeds are confirmed even when the diffusion is greater, the technology will act as a direct competitor of the optical fiber inside the home (FTTH), which already allows us to reach similar speeds (1Gbps, as seen also in our article Gigabit or 1000 Mega fiber: how to get it to surf fast).
At present, 5G is widespread only in large cities, but coverage will increase visibly in the coming years, we just have to be ready.
If we want to find out if our municipality is covered by the 5G signal, just use the reference maps provided by mobile phone operators, found below:
As you can see from the links above 5G coverage is very limited at the time of writing: Rome and Milan are covered plus some other large cities, without forgetting that the other operators are also in the running for 5G (WindTre and Iliad), but have not yet provided indications on coverage or activation of the service.
To learn more about cellular network technologies and the coverage of the various operators, we can read our guides Mobile phone connection speed: 3G (UMTS), HSPA, 4G (LTE) and 5G is 3G 4G / LTE coverage map for mobile and internet (Tim, 3, Wind, Vodafone).
Now we know what 5G technology is and we have also discovered that we are among the lucky ones to live in one of the cities already covered by the new generation signal; in order to complete the transition to the network of the future, we will have to buy a smartphone-compatible with 5G frequencies so that we can immediately try the speed of this new network.
The most “cheap” smartphone with 5G technology that we can buy is Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite, on sale on Amazon for less than € 400.
This smartphone features a 6.57-inch FHD + screen with DotDisplay technology, octa-core processor, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable internal memory, quadruple rear camera with artificial intelligence, 4160mah battery, Dual SIM support, support for 5G networks and system MIUI operating system (based on Android).
Another smartphone with an excellent quality/price ratio and with 5G support is it Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro 5G, on sale on Amazon for less than € 500.
On this smartphone, we can find a 6.67-inch display with AMOLED technology, octa-core processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal memory, quadruple 64MP rear camera, the complete absence of the notch, Dual-SIM support and support for Italian 5G networks.
Always from China, we can focus on a 5G smartphone like the oppo Find X2 Neo, on sale on Amazon for less than € 700.
This spectacular design smartphone boasts a 6.5 ” display with AMOLED technology, modern octa-core processor, 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of internal memory, four rear cameras, 4025mAh battery and support for Italian 5G connections.
In the Olympus of the top of the range phones with 5G support, the OnePlus 8 Pro, on sale on Amazon for less than € 1000.
This smartphone boasts a 6.78-inch display with 3D Fluid AMOLED technology, 120Hz refresh rate, modern octa-core processor, 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of memory, quadruple rear camera with artificial intelligence, fast wireless charging, Dual support SIM and 5G connection.
If instead, we want to focus on a historic smartphone manufacturer, we can take a look at Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, on sale on Amazon for less than € 1200.
This smartphone features a 6.9-inch display with Dynamic AMOLED 2X technology, enhanced octa-core processor, 12 GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable internal memory, 4 rear cameras, 5000 mAh battery, Hybrid SIM / eSIM system and connection support Italian 5G.
At the moment smartphones with 5G support are extremely expensive (only the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite is affordable) and, considering the lack of coverage of 5G, we will exploit these smartphones under the LTE network for a long time (perhaps well beyond the manufacturer’s support). The times are not yet ripe for the adoption of 5G on the whole range of phones but in a year or two things could change drastically, so better get us ready.
If we are not interested in 5G but still want a good fast Android smartphone, we recommend you read our guides Best Android smartphones ever for each price range is Best Chinese smartphones by price range.