Fifth-generation wireless communication technology (5G) guarantees high speed, low latency and high bandwidth. That’s why it’s being actively adopted in today’s gadgets. Let’s find out what 5G smartphones are for and which models are considered the best today.
The best 5G smartphones
5G is only supported by powerful and advanced mobile processors, so our review included flagships and near-flagship smartphones from leading brands.
1. iPhone 13 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max is one of the best (and most expensive) 5G smartphones available today. At the same time, the device is energy efficient and suitable for long battery life.
Reasons to buy:
- A bright display with a large 6.7″ diagonal;
- professional camera;
- cinematic video mode;
- maximum performance;
- IP68 water resistance.
- The iPhone 13 Pro Max case is a combination of stainless steel and Ceramic Shield glass panel. It is impervious to scratches and minor damage. The model is available in graphite, gold, silver and blue.
The display with ProMotion technology dynamically changes the refresh rate up to a maximum of 120Hz, ensuring smooth app performance and good response.
A triple sapphire crystal camera is grouped in a special module in the left-hand corner of the screen. A 3x optical zoom, macro and night mode are available. In the settings, you can set various filters, choose your own photo styles and set up super close-ups.
We loved the stunning brightness and detail of the images, even in low-light scenes. Powered by the new A15 Bionic chipset, the smartphone is fast and ideal for video editing or games with complex graphics. The battery lasts for more than 12 hours of 5G battery life.
2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
A technically advanced device with stereo speakers and a bright screen is suitable for those who use their smartphone to watch online videos and movies.
Reasons to buy:
- 6.67″ diagonal;
- interesting design;
- fast charging;
- good battery life.
- Xiaomi’s AMOLED display with light sensor protects the eyes from excessive strain, but still displays bright, natural colours. A screen refresh rate of 120Hz ensures a smooth picture.
Xiaomi has introduced dual stereo speakers from the JBL brand, featuring improved sound quality, and a triple flagship camera to the Redmi Note. The latter boasts night mode, shooting distant landscapes, dual ISO, and clear low-light shots. There’s long shutter speed and slow motion photography to expand your creative options.
We liked the flat metal frame, premium glass body and the trendy minimalist design. The MediaTek Dimensity 920 processor keeps all apps and games running smoothly, including when 5G is connected.
Boost mode is used for fast charging. The way to activate it is through settings → battery → boost charging.
3. OnePlus 9RT
A beautiful phone with an AMOLED display offers long battery life and good performance at a reasonable price.
Reasons to buy:
responsive fingerprint sensor under the screen;
cool wide-angle camera;
The smartphone’s sleek rear panel is slightly shiny in the sun and doesn’t collect fingerprints. In the upper left corner sits a triple camera unit with optical stabilisation. The shooting quality allows you to take crisp, saturated photos in all lighting conditions.
The bright 2400×1800 pixel resolution display supports HDR10+. The screen has a refresh rate of 120Hz.
The Snapdragon 888 processor built into OnePlus performs well in heavy gaming. Even at maximum graphics settings, the system does not slow down. The company has also managed to cope with the heat inherent in this chip.
The 8GB of RAM isn’t bad, but OnePlus is able to allocate an additional 7GB of internal storage for virtual memory. MicroSD cards, on the other hand, are not supported to increase the main memory.
We liked the natural colour reproduction and the lack of blur or noise in the photos – even when taken in low light. In everyday use, the device can easily handle several tasks at once.
Battery life for heavy use is one working day. Fast charging is ensured by the power of the charger 65W. In 15 minutes it recovers 50% of the capacity of the battery.