With the recent launch of the hard to find Telstra 5G network in Australia, we have also been spoiled with new smartphones.
Samsung, LG and Oppo have released their first 5G devices which are equipped for those lightning fast speeds but also bring a long list of other reasons why they are worth your attention.
They are all Android powered smartphones and they work on the 3G, 4G and 5G networks, so what makes them so unique?
SAMSUNG GALAXY S10 5G
When Telstra originally offered the Galaxy S10+ they gave customers the chance to upgrade to the 5G model for free once it was available. Those who took that offer will be very glad.
The 5G version of the Galaxy S10 is not just an antenna upgrade, it really is an entirely new device.
While other brands would make you wait another year for an upgrade like this, and put an “S” on the end, Samsung is giving their loyal customers a treat.
The S10 5G has the largest screen of the three 5G phones measuring at 17cm (6.7 inches). It takes some getting used to but can still be used with one hand if your thumb allows it.
With four cameras on the rear and two on the front, you’ll look foolish if you take a bad photo on this device.
The 3D depth feature allowing more immersive photography than we’ve ever seen on a smartphone and the wide angle on the front means you’ll fit more of your friends in that epic selfie.
One of the potential downsides to this version of the Galaxy S10 is that it loses the expandable memory option with 256GB of storage on-board only. With such high end cameras and the ability to shoot 4K video this may be a problem for some.
While you are waving this phone at your non-5G iPhone friends, you can also show them the 3.5mm headphone jack (if you still care for corded headphones) reverse wireless charging and the in-screen fingerprint sensor.
LG V50 THINQ 5G
A growing trend with new smartphones is for it to also be supplied with a case of some sort — usually a clear silicone to protect the phone. For LG however, the case that snaps onto the rear of the V50 ThinQ 5G contains a front cover, with a built-in touchscreen.
When you’re buying the LG V50 ThinQ 5G you’re essentially getting two smartphones because each screen can operate independent applications or complement one another.
In our tests we were able to be chatting on Facebook Messenger while also streaming video on the other screen. You could choose to compose a new email with one screen hosting the entire keyboard and your message compiling on the other screen.
While the dual screen device is not supported for all applications, our biggest challenge was actually thinking of new ways to multi-task on the train and learning to think of ways to make the most of the new real estate.
Using one screen as a gaming controller and the other for the game itself was potentially our favourite arrangement. Beyond the screens, the LG V50 has three cameras on the rear which deliver a treat of capturing an image in normal, wide-angle and telephoto with one click allowing you to pick the right shot later on.
The two cameras on the front deliver impressive photos also however, it may become frustrating having to open the cover each time to take that selfie, to the point that you may remove that dual screen cover entirely.
OPPO RENO 5G
The dark horse in this 5G line-up comes from Oppo. The Reno 5G is the cheapest of the three yet still offers a very compelling alternative. With a 16.7cm (6.6 inch) display, the large screen really is edge-to-edge thanks to an invisible front facing 16MP camera that pops up out of the top of the phone when activated.
The three cameras on the rear include a 48MP lens with a 10x hybrid zoom which will allow you to take Instagram worthy shots of your favourite concert performers, even when you’re in the cheap seats.
As standard, the Reno 5G comes with 256GB of on-board storage and includes a slot for expandable storage. It sadly, however, lacks water resistance, wireless charging and if 5G is not available in areas you spend the most time, the Reno comes in a 4G alternative for $300 less.
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
As the year draws closer to September all eyes will be on Apple, which is expected to launch a new iPhone in 2019. There is speculation and rumour that the new iPhone will not have 5G compatibility and that this could be something we see in 2020.
With some critics claiming Apple has lost their ability to innovate, this could be a major problem. As competitors extend their lead based on innovations of an in-screen fingerprint sensor, reverse wireless charging, impressive front and rear cameras and 5G connectivity, the ball is in Apple’s court, and we’re all watching.
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