the best 5G smartphones

5G, the latest generation mobile network, is not yet really deployed in France, but the first compatible smartphones are already here. If you’re looking for a mobile capable of connecting in 5G when the day comes, here’s our selection.

Initially planned for a commercial launch in France in 2020, 5G finally makes us wait until 2021. Smartphone manufacturers have already launched a few models compatible with the future mobile network standard and we have tested several of them in our laboratories. Among the 5G-compatible smartphones, which ones fared best in our tests evaluating their screen, performance, photo capabilities and battery life? Here is an answer to this question, updated daily…

At less than 1600 € :

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is one of the best smartphones passed in our laboratories. Its slab proves to be of exceptional quality, its performances are competitive, its daytime photos are very good, and this S21 Ultra is finally complete and will satisfy all needs. By offering compatibility with the S-Pen, this new flagship becomes more versatile than ever and is even closer to the Galaxy Note range. Once again, the relevance of the Galaxy Note range is questionable.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

With a much larger screen, a much larger battery and superior photo capabilities, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the ultimate Apple smartphone. So much so that it overshadows the iPhone 12 Pro. Finally, if you were to choose a “pro” model this year, it would be wiser to consider getting a Pro Max to take advantage of everything Cupertino has to offer with its 2020 models, unless a smartphone with an oversized design turns you off.

At less than 1200 € :

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

As always with Samsung’s new high-end, we don’t have much to reproach this Galaxy S20 Ultra. The Korean flagship of this early decade collects five stars for a deserved flawless performance. It fulfills its mission as a technological showcase without any complexes and presents itself as the best of the smartphones passed in our laboratory. Simply put, whatever the user’s intended use, this S20 Ultra will do the job. So much so that it even allows itself to integrate a 5G chip to anticipate the new generation of mobile networks.

Asus ROG Phone 3

Asus ROG Phone 3

We called the ROG Phone 2 the “maestro of mobile gaming” when it was released. A position that it has long defended, even against the very good Black Shark 3 Pro. The ROG Phone 3 logically takes over by offering once again an exemplary execution of what a gaming smartphone should be. This is a complete model that, at first glance, could pass for a classic smartphone. In spite of a small photo failure (mainly in ultra-wide-angle), it offers top-of-the-line performance, more than enough battery life and a screen that is on the first-nameplate of excellence. On the mobile gaming side, the ROG Phone 3 ticks all the boxes. The experience is by far the most pleasant in our eyes and the ROG Phone 2’s backwards compatibility with accessories is a further confirmation of its dominant position in the gaming smartphone segment. It remains to be seen whether it will be able to hold it at least as long as its predecessor…

At less than 1000 € :

OnePlus 8 Pro

OnePlus 8 Pro

As is often the case, OnePlus is successfully stacking state-of-the-art technologies to deliver a very successful OnePlus 8 Pro. It’s a pity that the Chinese flagship doesn’t do a little better in pictures. It’s slightly behind the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, which is much more expensive. This OnePlus 8 Pro is proof that the Chinese manufacturer is able to compete in the high-end smartphone segment.

Oppo Find X2 Pro

Oppo Find X2 Pro

The Oppo Find X2 Pro is undoubtedly one of the best smartphones of the year alongside the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, OnePlus 8 or Huawei P40 Pro. But it’s not quite the best either, mainly due to a battery life below our expectations, despite a really efficient fast charge. The phone’s performance is very good, the photo part deserves some adjustments but is globally convincing, and the screen is quite pleasant. The Find X2 Pro justifies its premium positioning with a meticulous design and a well thought-out ergonomics. With the problems of Huawei and Google’s services, Oppo could do well and convince reluctant consumers to do without the Play Store.

At less than 700 € :

Google Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5

The Pixel 5 does not necessarily improve all the points of the Pixel 4, but it remains a very good smartphone and offers a perfect balance between performance, endurance and price. Unlike many competitors, Google doesn’t play around with pompous superlatives and just offers what’s needed, where it’s needed.

Xiaomi Mi 10

Xiaomi Mi 10

The Xiaomi Mi 10 recipe works very well overall. The Chinese manufacturer offers us a resolutely high-end mobile in its approach, which has few flaws. It competes without difficulty with the Samsung Galaxy S20 or other OnePlus 7T Pro. However, it’s hard to understand why the price is so high compared to a Mi 9, which also excelled for €300 less when it was launched.

At less than 500 € :

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

The Mi 10T Pro easily establishes itself as a worthy successor to the Mi 9T Pro. We simply regret the abandonment of an Oled panel in favor of a 144Hz LCD, a high-end processor and a telephoto lens – which was offered by its predecessor. This Mi 10T Pro is therefore a very good smartphone, almost excellent. It is still a good way to get a foot in the 5G. Its main module is not excellent, but it is not far from it and, even if the panel is “only LCD”, its qualities must be recognized. The Mi 10T Pro holds its own against the Google Pixel 5, a serious competitor, especially on the photo side.

Google Pixel 4a 5G

Google Pixel 4a 5G

The Pixel 4a 5G continues the work of the Pixel 4a by establishing itself as a very good mid-range smartphone. In addition to being 5G compatible, this version is also more versatile in photography, has a more robust performance and a slightly larger screen. So much so that it is even very close to Pixel 5 in terms of technical performance, the latter standing out mainly with a 90 Hz screen refresh rate, 2GB of additional RAM, wireless recharging and IP68 certification. The Pixel 4a 5G is particularly successful in wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle photography, day and night. The display is very well calibrated, the interface is extremely smooth, and the battery life is quite good without being excellent.

At less than 350 € :

Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G

Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G

After the successful Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, Xiaomi continues its success with a lower priced Mi 10 Lite 5G with a very good overall performance. The mobile also offers excellent endurance, a very well calibrated display and convincing performance. However, it is less exciting than its siblings on the photography side, especially since it is possible to find better devices on the market for the same price, such as the Realme X2 Pro in its basic version.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G

The Samsung Galaxy A42 5G is a nice surprise we didn’t expect. Its assets allow it to stand out in the mid-range market and especially against its main competitors (in particular the Realme X50 5G). Its Amoled slab is one of the best at Samsung, as is its enormous autonomy of almost 26 hours. By opting for a Snapdragon processor, the Korean firm makes a very good choice, offering this A42 very good performance and, above all, 5G compatibility at a lower cost.

At less than 250 € :

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T 5G

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T 5G

Without demerit, this new version of Redmi Note 9 is one notch lower than Redmi Note 9 Pro. The purchase of this Note 9T will be mainly justified by its 5G compatibility. An argument to take into account when buying, especially if you plan to switch to a 5G plan soon, or if you plan to keep your smartphone long enough.

Honor comes out of the American embargo and works again with Qualcomm, MediaTek or Intel.

At the launch of the Honor View 40 in China, the Chinese manufacturer said it is again collaborating with AMD, Intel, MediaTek, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Sony.

This Friday, Honor presented in China its new high-end smartphone, the Honor View 40. In addition to its features, this smartphone marks above all a new stage for the Chinese manufacturer, as it is the first model for the rest of its life.

Last November, it was announced that the Honor brand, which until now had belonged to the Huawei Group, had been sold to a group of around 40 Chinese companies. This was a way for the manufacturer to gain independence from Huawei and, above all, to be removed from the American government’s blacklist. As Honor no longer belongs to Huawei, it is no longer targeted by the entity list.

Concretely, this means that the manufacturer can once again work with American companies, or chip manufacturers using American technologies. For example, the new Honor View 40 takes advantage of MediaTek’s Dimensity 1000+ chip, a SoC that the company could not use until now.