Qualcomm’s latest chipsets which were launched in 2019, the Snapdragon duo 865 and 765 are bundled with 5G support. Qualcomm has made it mandatory for the OEMs to bundle 5G modem if they are launching the phones with these chipsets. While the Snapdragon 865 is the flagship chipset, the latter is the midrange chipset which will be powering the budget-smartphones.
So below we have the best 5G phones in 2020 which users can buy and make their purchase future proof. 5G in India is said to be launched by the year 2021 as per the reports from Jio. Further, if you want to know how 5G works and everything about 5G then head to this link.
10 Best 5G Phones to Buy in 2020
The below list of best 5G phones in 2020 is a mix of both mid-tier smartphones and the top-tier flagship smartphones that are 5G ready.
1. OnePlus Nord
The recently launched OnePlus Nord packs Snapdragon 765G processor which is 5G ready. The phone is coupled with 6 to 12 GB of RAM and has storage options all the way up to 256 GB. The phone is a budget mid-tier phone and competes against Apple’s iPhone SE and Samsung’s A-series smartphones.
Just like the elder Oneplus 8 series, the Oneplus Nord also runs on Oxygen OS and gives almost all the flagship-level smartphone experience with few cost-cutting here and there to make the phone more affordable. The phone has a 6.4 inch of 90 Hz refresh rate AMOLED display along with 4 rear cameras and dual front cameras that are capable of 4k 60 fps video recording.
The phone has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and back. It misses out a few of the features like wireless charging and an official IP rating. The phone is very well built and feels very much solid in hand. OnePlus Nord has 4115 mAh of battery and supports warp charge 30T.
The starting price of the OnePlus Nord is Rs. 24,999. At this price, this is the most practical and value for money 5G phone, therefore, making it one of the best 5G phones in 2020.
2. iQOO Neo 3
The Vivo’s iQOO Neo 3 is the most affordable phone that comes with Snapdragon 865 processor which has 5G modem built-in. The phone has some insane specs for its price. To start with, the phone comes with a 55W fast charger that charges its 4440 mAh of battery in less than an hour.
The company also claims 50% of charge in just 15 mins. Next, there is the Snapdragon 865 to give you the highest-end performance any android phone can get as of now. The phone has 8 GB of RAM and a fast UFS 3.0 storage of 128 or256 GB. The phone also has a carbon fiber vapor cooling system.
It has 6.44 inch of FHD+ AMOLED display with a pair of touch buttons at the side of the phone which has touch sampling of 180 Hz. The screen of the phone is HDR 10+ certified and is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for protection.
It has an in-screen fingerprint scanner which the company claims to unlock within 0.29 seconds. The phone is features to have quad-camera setup at the back and a single punch hole camera at the front.
3. OnePlus 8
With the launch of the OnePlus 8 series, the company has really stepped up its flagship game. The OnePlus 8 is the flagship phone which sits right below the top of the line phones like iPhone 11 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S20 series. The Oneplus 8 has a 6.55 inch 90 Hz of refresh rate display having fluid AMOLED curved display.
The phone has top of the line Snapdragon 865 5G processor coupled with 6 to 12 GB of RAM and fast UFS 3.0 storage goes up to 256 GB. It has frosted matte finish at the back which feels very premium in hand. OnePlus 8 has 4300 mAh of battery which the company claims can be charged up to 50% in 23 minutes using its warp charge 30T technology.
It’s Oxygen OS is just the right icing on top of its top of the line hardware. The phone feels fluid in day-to-day usage. As far as optics the phone has triple camera setup having a 48 MP main camera followed by an ultrawide lens and a 5 MP macro lens.
The phone feels very much light in hand and its smaller footprints make it a bit handy in the era of 6.8- and 6.9 inches phones. Not to mention this is one of the cheapest flagship quality 5G phones in 2020 which you can buy.
4. OnePlus 8 Pro
The OnePlus 8 Pro is the best OnePlus has to offer as of now. The phone has all the bells and whistles of a flagship phone and the hardware is just right up to the mark. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 865 5G coupled with 8 to 12 GB of RAM.
This is the very first OnePlus phone that has an IP68 rating and a wireless charging option. Its key feature is the display which OnePlus exaggerated a lot in its keynote. With 6.78 inches of fluid AMOLED display having a QHD+ resolution along with 120 Hz of refresh rate and support of HDR 10+, this is one of the best displays in the market.
The phone is very well solidly built and has corning gorilla glass 5 at the front and back as well. It has a quad-camera setup at the back having a 48 MP main camera followed by an ultrawide, a telephoto lens and a color filter camera.
The minimal UI powered by Oxygen OS just makes the phone so snappy to use and navigate through apps along with its nifty little features baked in the OS just makes it one of the best 5G phones in 2020 with top of the line specs.
5. Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
Not many good compact-sized smartphones are there in the market as of now. Especially if you look at the flagship-level hardware, the display always goes all the way up to 6.7 inches on an average. But if you are looking for a high-end flagship 5G phone to buy in 2020 in a compact size then the Galaxy S20 is the right choice for you. The Galaxy S20 doesn’t miss out any major feature from the S20 Ultra except that witty 100x zoom lens and the battery size. Rest of the specs remain the same.
The S20 has 6.2 inches of QHD+ dynamic AMOLED display with a 120 HZ of high refresh rate. The phone has a 4000 mAh of battery which can be charged with its 25W fast charging. It has IP 68 water rating, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging ou name any flagship feature its already in the S20.
The Galaxy S20 undoubtedly has one of the best cameras in the market as of now. It packs the top of the line Exynos 990 or Snapdragon 865 depending on the region where you buy. In some regions like India where 5G isn’t coming anytime soon the S20 series has been launched in 4G variant only.
However, the international variant is 5G ready and considering its compact design and with flagship level hardware this is easily the best compact 5g phone to buy in 2020.
6. Oppo Find X2
Oppo’s take on the flagship game starts right from its top of the line Oppo Find X2. This time Oppo has used the top of the line hardware and materials to make this perfect flagship 5G phone for 2020. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 865 5G chip coupled with 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and has a 256 GB of UFS 3.0 storage. The Find X2 has a 6.7 inch of AMOLED display having QHD+ resolution along with a 120 Hz of high refresh rate.
It has a 4260 mAh of battery which can be charged through its super VOOC 65 watt charger which charges the phone to 100% in just about 38 minutes. It has a 48 MP triple camera setup at the back which clicks decent photos. Oppo Find X2 runs on colour OS 7.1 based on Android 10.
There is a pro version of the Oppo Find X2 as well which more or less is the same phone except with a different back design and a slightly better camera. Not only that Oppo has recently even revealed a Lamborghini edition of its Find X2. Considering such attractive designs and options from oppo it makes a striking contender that is in the list of best 5G phones in 2020.
7. Motorola Edge+
Motorola in 2020 is back with its top tier flagship phone that has all the bells and whistles of a flagship phone. The phone has a massive 6.7 inches curved AMOLED display with a 90 Hz of refresh rate. Powering the phone is the Qualcomm’s snapdragon 865 5G chipset along with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
Motorola has really bumped up the specs game this year at least on paper. Speaking of which the phone has a massive 5000 mAh of battery which supports turbocharging, wireless charging and does have reverse wireless charging as well. The edge+ has a 108 MP main sensor along with an ultrawide and a macro lens at the back and a 25 MP front camera for selfie.
The phone is a bit chunky because of its battery but has overall very good build quality and the design is also very much like a modern 2020 flagship phone.
8. Xiaomi Mi 10 5G
Xiaomi’s 2020 flagship phone is the Xiaomi Mi 10. This flagship phone by Xiaomi gives all the performance from a modern flagship phone but undercuts the price by almost 40%. The Mi 10 is powered by Snapdragon 865 5G processor along with 8 to 12 GB of RAM. It has storage options up to 256 GB. The phone also has a 6.67 inches curved AMOLED display with a 90 Hz of high refresh rate. The phone runs on Android 10 based on MIUI.
It has a 4780 mAh of battery which supports 30W fast wired charging and 30w of fast wireless charging. The phone has a quad rear camera setup having a 108 MP main sensor followed by an ultrawide lens, macro and a depth sensor. On the front, the phone has a 20 MP front camera for selfies.
Considering such a big battery and Xiaomi’s optimizations the battery backup is pretty well balanced. The Xiaomi Mi 10 in India starts with the price tag of Rs. 49,999. A 5G phone in 2020 at this price is just terrific.
9. Redmi K30 Pro 5G
Another flagship killer of 2020. Xiaomi has given a lot of the best 5G phones in 2020 which are affordable as well. The Redmi k30 pro is a smartphone that comes in budget-friendly pricing while giving high-end chipsets like Snapdragon 865 5G processor along with 6 to 12 GB of RAM and a fast UFS 3.0 storage of up to 256 GB.
The phone also packs 6.67 inches of FHD+ super AMOLED display along with HDR10+ support. It has no notch or camera cutout since the front camera is a pop-up camera. The Redmi K30 Pro is capable of 8K video recording from its 64-MP quad camera setup. At the front, it has a 20-MP motorized pop-up camera which is a decent camera for selfie.
It has a 4700 mAh of battery with 30W charger which can fully charge the phone in about an hour. The phone runs on Android 10 based on MIUI 12 giving you the latest software experience by Xiaomi. The Redmi k30 pro is priced at Rs. 33,000.
10. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
Samsung just launched the successor of their flip phone from last year the Galaxy Z flip 5G. The phone has a very unique foldable display flip phone design. This is by far the most innovative phone by Samsung. The phone has Snapdragon 865+ 5G Soc making it one of the first phones to get the higher-end variant of snapdragon 865.
The Z flip has 6.70 inches of FHD+ AMOLED display which is foldable. It also features a 1.10-inch as its second display which can be helpful to check the notifications at a glance. The Z flip packs a 3300 mAh of battery that should last a day easily.
There is a dual 12 MP camera at the back and a 10 MP camera at the front. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G runs One UI 2.0 based on Android 10. The phone packs 256GB of inbuilt storage. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that doubles as a power button.
The Z flip 5G is the most unique and innovative phone in this list of best 5G phones in 2020. Overall the design of the phone is very unique and the look and in-hand feel of the phone is very much premium. The phone is priced at Rs. 108,990.
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