It appears that 2020 is shaping up to be the year that 5G finally makes it into the hands of consumers. Carriers are finally deploying 5G networks, and smartphone manufacturers are building 5G into their phones. Adding to that, Qualcomm has announced a list of devices set to include 5G thanks to the Snapdragon 865 mobile platform.
The list includes both phones that we already knew about and devices that have yet to be released.
Perhaps the most notable phones on the list are part of the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, which are currently available for pre-order. This is the first year that all of Samsung’s flagship phones come with 5G connectivity. In previous years, only certain specialized models have come with 5G.
As mentioned, some of the other devices on the list have yet to be released. Notably, there’s the Black Shark 3, which is the third generation of Xiaomi’s gaming phone. Details about the upcoming phone have yet to be revealed, and Xiaomi is expected to host a launch event for the phone on March 3.
Other devices include the Legion Gaming Phone, the Nubia Red Magic 5G, and more. Here’s a full list of 5G-enabled phones:
- Black Shark 3
- FCNT arrows 5G
- iQOO 3
- Legion Gaming Phone
- Nubia Red Magic 5G
- OPPO Find X2
- Realme X50 Pro
- Redmi K30 Pro
- ROG Phone 3
- Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra
- Sharp AQUOS R5G
- Sony Xperia 1 II
- Vivo APEX 2020 Concept Phone
- Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro
- ZenFone 7
- ZTE Axon 10s Pro
Of course, more 5G-enabled phones will be revealed as time goes on. Notably, the next Samsung Galaxy Note phone will most likely come with a Snapdragon 865 and have 5G compatibility. It’s expected that Apple will launch at least one 5G-enabled phone this year too — though while the phone may have a Qualcomm 5G modem, it won’t offer Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor.
“After introducing the Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform in December 2019, more than 70 designs have been announced or are in development based on the platform,” said Qualcomm in a press release. “Additionally, more than 1,750 designs have been announced or are in development based on our Snapdragon 8-series mobile platforms.”
According to Qualcomm, more than 45 device manufacturers have launched or announced 5G-compatible devices, and the company is expecting over a billion 5G connections by 2023. Qualcomm also recently announced the X60 5G modem, which is expected to be shipped alongside its next-generation mobile platform.