With the proper commercial use of the 5G mobile package in 2019 and the constant release of 5G phones at the end of the year, many of you might question: is it time to buy a 5G phone?
In fact, there are only four factors to consider: local signal coverage, package price, phone price, and the new phone release trend.
Firstly, 5G signal coverage. Between 2020 and 2021, we will see the large-scale deployment of 5G base stations, which is the general trend and means that the spread of 5G signals will be significantly accelerated.
Secondly, consider the package price. We can see that the price of the current 5G package is high, mainly because the cost of the major operators in the 5G deployment is too high.
It is reported that the overall energy consumption of 5G base stations will be more than 9 times that of 4G. However, with the improvement of equipment performance, such as slot turn-off technology, power consumption can be reduced.
At the same time, if your local government can introduce relevant preferential policies for 5G power consumption to reduce the electricity bill of 5G network. In this way, the electricity consumption of operators might accordingly reduce the speed-up fee to users, and a 5G package with a reasonable price will not be too far away.
Thirdly, the price of mobile phones. So far, the high prices are no longer a barrier to buying 5G phones. As we know, since the company Vivo launched its first 5G phone, iQOO Pro, in August, the price of 5G phones get a breakthrough to less than $1000 with a price starting from $800. And the following Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G released in December set the pricing from $520, directly bringing the cost of 5G phones down to $600. Such prices are the same as those of 4G phones, so that the price is not a problem.
Price of the top 5G phones already released:
1. Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G
2. Xiami Mi 9 Pro 5G
3. HUAWEI Mate 30 5G
8GB+256GB $1300 (6.53-inch)
8GB+512GB $1500 (6.53-inch)
4. HUAWEI Mate 30 RS Porsche Design 5G
5. HUAWEI Honor V30 5G
6. HUAWEI nova 6 5G
7. Lenovo Z6 Pro 5G
8. OPPO realme X50 5G
9. OPPO Reno3 5G
10. OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G
11. Vivo X30 5G
12. Vivo X30 Pro 5G
Finally, it is the new 5G phones that will be released in the future.
According to all the current tech news, we have sorted out the new phones that will be released immediately after January. These phones are predicted basically to be 5G phones.
According to the past release pace of Huawei P-series phones over the years, we would see this flagship, Huawei P40 series, in March.
Huawei P40 series are leaked to use a 6.5-inch or 6.7-inch diagonal OLED ring screen, which has a certain radian around the screen. With a metal frame design, Huawei P40 series retain the volume button and power button instead of virtual or capacitive buttons. The transition between the frame and the screen is smooth; it provides a relatively natural connection, so the hand feel of this new flagship would be outstanding.
As for the camera, Huawei P40 adopts a rear matrix camera layout, which may contain a periscope lens. The front camera is designed on a single hole-digging screen (also said with a double-hole-digging design), its aperture occupies a smaller area. Additionally, Huawei P40 supports screen fingerprint recognition.
In terms of hardware, the Huawei P40 series will be equipped with the latest HiSilicon Kirin 990 processor, which uses the advanced 7nm+EUV process and integrates 5G Modem into the SOC. It is also the world's first mobile terminal chip with more than 10.3 billion transistors.
In addition, Huawei P40 will use the combination of 5500mAh large battery and 50W fast charge for long standby and rapid recharging. Moreover, Huawei P40 Pro will also be equipped with a screen of 120Hz display refresh rate.
Some rumored that the next generation of Samsung GalaxyS series would adopt a new naming form; it will use Galaxy S20 instead of the original Galaxy S11 to name the new flagship. And if as usual, the new Galaxy S20 series will be officially introduced to us in early February 2020.
Samsung Galaxy S20 series include Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra, they feature a 6.2-in, 6.7-in, and 6.9-in Dynamic AMOLED screen of 120Hz refresh rate, with a resolution of 3200 x 1440. All the S20 series will launch two versions of 4G and 5G, and traditionally feature different versions of Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and its own Exynos990 SoC.
Among them, Galaxy S20 will provide 128GB ROM and 4000mAh battery. With a weight of 164g and a size of 152x68x7.9mm, Galaxy S20 is the lightest and thinnest.
As for the camera, the rear camera module is grouped into a 12MP primary camera, 64MP telephoto camera, and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera. It supports 3X optical zoom, up to 30X digital zoom, and up to 8K/30fps video recording. And the front 10MP camera supports up to 4K/60fps video recording.
Galaxy S20 Plus has a size of 162x74x7.8mm and weighs 188g. It also provides a 128GB ROM storage and improves the battery capacity to 4500mAh.
In addition to the 12MP primary camera, 64MP telephoto, and 12MP ultra-wide-angle rear camera module, a ToF lens is added to Galaxy S20 Plus. It also supports 3X optical zoom, up to 30X digital zoom, and up to 8K/30fps video recording, while the front 10MP camera support up to 4K/60fps video recording.
When it comes to the top Galaxy S20 Ultra, it has a built-in 5000mAh large battery but weighs only 221g, which is lighter than the 4G phone iPhone11Pro Max weighing 226g. S20 Ultra has the biggest size of 167x76x8.8mm.
In terms of configuration, there is two optional storage of 128GB and 512GB to choose for S20 Ultra. Its rear camera is grouped into a 108MP primary camera, 48MP periscope telephoto lens, 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and ToF lens, which supports 10X hybrid zoom and up to 100X digital zoom, up to 8K/30fps video recording. And the front 40MP camera supports up to 4K/60fps video recording. Such equipment indicates that Samsung is about to usher in a 100-megapixel era.
In addition, it is also reported that Samsung has a customized Sony ToF integrated front camera, which does not need to dig three holes on the screen to achieve 3D face recognition. But the single hole will get the same face recognition experience as the three holes, and it is expected to take the lead in using the dual-recognition scheme of ToF 3D screen and fingerprint recognition. Samsung Galaxy S20 will add new blue-purple and peppermint-green two colors, and adopt a glass back case.
If the revelations are true, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series may become the most appealing series in this year's flagship.
The OPPO Find X2 was said to be launched in the first quarter of 2020, and it will also be a new phone that we will see earlier in the year.
It is mentioned that the OPPO Find X2 continues the highlight style of the OPPO Reno 3 and OPPO Find X series, and there is still the iconic OPPO linear design directly below the camera area on the back.
Firstly, OPPO Find X2 is further upgraded in the fullscreen and 5G network: it adopts an 88-degree curved screen to support a 120Hz display refresh rate. Additionally, OPPO Find X2 using the Snapdragon 865 SoC supports dual-mode 5G.
The second is fast charging. Following the 50W flash charge of the Find X Lamborghini version, the Find X2 may be upgraded to 65W quick charging, and the battery capacity can also reach up to 5000mAh.
The image aspect of OPPO Find X2 will also usher in a significant improvement. It is reported that the front camera will be hidden under the screen to make the full screen better. A new square lens is added to the rear camera module, and it might be the custom Sony 64MP camera.
OPPO Find X2 will come with a 5X or 10X optical zoom camera, which takes it to a new zoom level. Besides, the initial full-pixel focusing technology will significantly improve the focusing performance.
According to Sony's official introduction, this focusing technology can take into excellent features such as high-speed focusing, high resolution, high sensitivity, high tolerance, and so on. The principle is that Sony will cover one condenser on each pixel instead of one condenser for every four homochromatic pixels. Merely speaking, four pixels will share a condenser.
Coupled with the help of Android 10 and ColorOS 7, OPPO Find X2 is fancy enough to look forward.
Currently, Xiaomi has announced that Mi 10 will be released in the first quarter of next year. And the Xiaomi Mi 10 series is likely to be unveiled in February, as the first new flagship phone in 2020.
Xiaomi Mi 10 series should include two versions of Xiaomi 10 and Xiaomi 10 Pro. These Mi 10 series adopt the Snapdragon 865 SoC and support dual-mode 5G. With a glass fuselage on the back, a 6.5-inch / 6.7-inch display on the front, and a selfie lens on the top, Mi 10 also keeps a speaker slit and a screen fingerprint scanner. Equipped with a curved screen instead of a waterfall screen, Xiaomi Mi 10 has an overall round fuselage.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 adopts a 1080P 90Hz AMOLED screen, and its rear camera is combined with a 64MP primary camera, 20MP wide-angle lens, 12MP telephoto lens, and 5MP DOF lens. Mi 10 has a built-in 4500mAh battery, which supports 30W fast charge and 30W quick wireless charge.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro uses a 2K screen that supports a 120Hz refresh rate and a rear primary camera of 108MP. Its built-in large 4800mAh battery supports 66W fast charging and 30W wireless charging, as well as 10W wireless reverse charging.
As for pricing, the price of Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is likely to between $800 and $1000. In terms of color, there are four optional colors, such as blue, bright pink, red, and green.
The iPhone SE 2 is probably the only 4G phone among the new phones that have been revealed so far, and it is scheduled to be released in March.
It looks very similar to the iPhone 8, it goes against the general trend of a full screen, but retain the home key.
With the whole size of 138.5 x 67.4 x 7.8mm, including the camera bulge 8.6mm, iPhone SE 2 is a little thicker than the iPhone 8.
Adopting a 4.7-inch LCD screen with an aspect ratio of 16:9, iPhone SE 2 uses a high-definition Apple Liquid Retina display instead of a Super Retina XDR OLED panel. This new iPhone is equipped with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and does not support face ID technology.
There is a power button on the right of iPhone SE 2, a volume joystick, and an alarm slider on the left, and the Lightning port is between the speaker grilles at the bottom edge of the fuselage.
With the glass back fuselage, iPhone SE 2 uses a frosted glass design similar to that of the iPhone 11 Pro. This change will be the most significant difference between iPhone SE 2 (Also called as iPhone 9) and the iPhone 8. It provides silver, space ash, and red options.
Besides, the iPhone SE 2 will be equipped with an A13 Bionic SoC, and it supports wireless charging. This new iPhone will adopt a rear mono photo camera design, and its mid-frame might be made of aluminum alloy. Some media predict that the price will start at $399.
In conclusion, it seems that it is time to gift yourself with a 5G mobile phone in 2020.