Best 5G phones for 2021


5G’s super-fast broadband speeds aren’t reserved for the wealthy; the service is now being made available on far more cheap devices. What seemed like a pipe dream a year ago is now a reality, with all of the best phones produced in the last year, including the iPhone 13 series and Samsung’s Galaxy S21, fully capable of taking use of 5G phone speeds. The Pixel 6 was also released lately, while the situation with 5G for Google’s new flagship phone is still unclear.

5G is the next level of mobile connection, albeit it will not completely replace 4G. 5G is a fast network that will aid a variety of businesses, including drones, self-driving cars, and the internet of things. Its spread across the US, the UK, and the rest of the world has been rapid, but 5G coverage isn’t yet widespread, so check to see if it’s available — or will be soon — in your area before investing in a 5G-enabled phone.

Remember that a 5G phone will work on a 4G network (albeit at slower speeds), so don’t be afraid to buy a 5G phone like the S21 Ultra if you aren’t in a 5G zone. In fact, future-proofing yourself is a good idea; you may not be in a 5G zone right now, but it’s possible that it will in the three years or so you have your phone, so you’ll be ready to take advantage of it when it comes.

However, with nearly every major phone maker now offering 5G devices, determining which is ideal for you might be tough. We’ve done some of the legwork for you and compiled a list of the best 5G-enabled phones available right now.

Apple iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

This September, Apple unveiled four iPhones, all of which are 5G devices. The iPhone 13 series, which starts at $729 and includes the A15 Bionic CPU and twin rear cameras, is at the top of the lineup. The iPhone 13 Mini is your best bet for a 5G enabled phone if you’re searching for something smaller and less expensive. If you want something a little more luxurious, the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max have more features. Read our review of the Apple iPhone 13.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The Galaxy S21 Ultra is Samsung’s greatest phone right now, with all the features you’d expect from a high-end flagship. It has a large, bright screen, a fantastic back camera performance combination (with a zoom lens unlike anything we’ve seen), and plenty of power. This Android phone isn’t cheap, but if you want the best of the best in an Android cellphone, this is the 5G phone to have. Check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

Google Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5

The Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G are 5G phones with long-lasting batteries, superb cameras with excellent low-light capabilities, and Google software compatibility. The Pixel 5 is the most costly of the two 5G Pixel phones, costing $699 and featuring a 90Hz display, as well as wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. Take a look at our Pixel 5 review.\

Motorola Edge Plus

Despite its expensive price and exclusivity with Verizon in the United States, the Edge Plus is a premium 5G smartphone worth considering. The Snapdragon 865 chipset, a massive battery, an OLED screen with a high refresh rate, and multiple rear cameras with heavy-duty capabilities are all included in this 5G phone. It’s “one of the most wonderful Android phones I’ve tried in a long time,” according to Patrick Holland. Check out our review of the Motorola Edge Plus.

OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro

The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro wowed us with their outstanding performance, sleek aesthetics, and generally good cameras. While both phones support 5G, it was the OnePlus 9’s base model that impressed us the most, thanks to its longer battery life and lower pricing. If you want a flagship experience but don’t want to deplete your wallet, this is the phone to get. Take a look at our OnePlus 9 review.

Samsung Galaxy S21

There are many things to enjoy about the Galaxy S21, but the finest feature has to be the pricing. Samsung’s next-generation flagship series starts at $800, and you can get a $100 discount right now on Amazon. To get to that price, Samsung had to make some compromises: The phone has 4GB less RAM than its predecessor, does not include a wall charger or headphones, and does not have a microSD card slot for additional storage. Even with those compromises, this 5G gadget offers a lot for the money, including a beautiful appearance, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 CPU, and 5G connection. Our Samsung Galaxy S21 review may be found here.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

The Galaxy S20 FE received a CNET Editors’ Choice award for 2020 for its combination of 5G connectivity, great specs, and an appealing price tag. It also has a beautiful screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, and a powerful triple camera. Check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G comes with a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz or 60Hz high-refresh rate. The phone has four cameras on the back, the best of which is the primary camera. You can easily get the 4,500-mAh battery to last 1.5 days on days with little use or when the display is set to 60Hz. The greatest 5G smartphone under $500 is the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G. Check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G.

Motorola One 5G Ace

The Motorola One 5G Ace, which was released in January, is the finest 5G phone under $400 right now. It has a large 6.7-inch IPS LCD display and runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 750G processor. It can take images at a resolution of 48 megapixels, with options for 8 megapixel ultrawide and 2-megapixel macro shots. It’s your best bet for less than $400. Check out our review of the Motorola One 5G Ace.

OnePlus Nord and Nord N10 5G

The Nord N10 5G (seen below), which is part of OnePlus’ midrange phone lineup, has a 90Hz display, a headphone port, and a large 6.49-inch screen. The new phone will first be available in Europe, followed by North America. It comes after the company’s first 5G phone, which is only accessible in the United Kingdom. Take a look at our OnePlus Nord review.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G

Samsung revealed the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, a 5G model of the Galaxy Z Flip that went on sale earlier this year in February, just hours before the Note 20 was unveiled. It’s already been reduced to $900, a savings of more than $500 over the original price. Take a look at our first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G.

Motorola One 5G

One of the greatest and most economical 5G phones is the $400 One 5G. This low-cost phone comes with six cameras, yes six, a 90Hz high-refresh rate display, and fast-charging technology. It’s now available on AT&T and Verizon’s mobile networks in the United States. Read our first impressions of the Motorola One 5G.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G

The Galaxy A71 5G costs $600 and comes with a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, four back cameras, and a 4,500-mAh battery. It’s available on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Samsung in the United States. Read our first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G.

Motorola Razr 5G (2020)

Motorola revealed two bendable Razr phones within months of each other at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020. The 2020 model is the superior of the two. This model, which costs $800, features 5G connectivity, a 48-megapixel camera, additional memory, and a speedier Snapdragon 765G processor. Check out our review of the Motorola Razr 5G (2020).


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