5G is the next level in mobile internet connectivity. It is supposed to solve the issues we’ve been complaining about for a while. This means faster internet speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices. 5G combines the best network technology with the latest powerful devices to offer users connection speeds that are almost 10x faster than 4G. Average download speeds of, believe it or not, 1GBps are expected to become the norm.
As a result of that blazing fast speed, expect the Internet of Things technology to become seriously powerful. 5G will provide the infrastructure to carry massive amounts of data to make our world more connected and smarter than ever before. Currently, the US, UK, Australia, and a few other countries around the world, have launched 5G networks.
How Fast Is It?
Speeds will differ depending on location, countries, carriers, and devices, but it is expected that 5G connection speeds will leave 4G speeds in the dust. But, current tests of the first 5G networks across the US, UK, and Australia have not been consistent.
In the US, Verizon’s mmWave network regularly manages speeds of over 1GBps, but the coverage is minimal and spotty. Sprint’s 2.5Ghz 5G covers more area, offering speeds around 200Mbps reliably. It’s not as impressive as 5G but still far better than 4G LTE.
What Will 5G Do?
Expect 5G connections to offer faster download and upload speeds. You’ll also be able to stream online content more smoothly. Voice and video calls will have higher quality. Mobile connections are expected to become more reliable. We’re likely to see a surge in interconnected smart devices taking IoT to a whole new level. And other advanced technology that we’ve been hearing about for years, like self-driving cars and smart cities, should also see significant advances in tech.
What 5G Phones Are Available?
As of now, in 2020, only a small number of devices are 5G compatible. More are likely to be launched in the future. Current 5G networks are compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, and the LG ThinQ 5G.
Sprint works with OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, and T-Mobile is on the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition. If you want something less expensive, try Verizon’s Motorola 5G Moto Mod, which includes Moto Z4, Z3, and Z2 Force.
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