What you need to know about 5G phones

Next-gen 5G phone features.

From ultra-fast download speeds and performance to higher video resolution, 5G phones offer sharing, streaming and gaming that’s faster and smoother than ever before.

8K video.

Cinematic, crisp 8K videos are possible thanks to the power of 5G. And with the Galaxy S20, there's an added bonus: you can capture 33 MP stills right from your videos.

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Responsive gaming.

Mobile gamers are getting a boost: a 90 HZ refresh rate and ultra-low lag with the OnePlus 8. Even the most graphic-intensive games are no match for 5G.

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Better streaming.

One of the biggest 5G perks? Faster download speeds, which make for a better streaming experience. For example, with the Pixel 5, you can download high-quality movies within seconds.

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Smooth performance.

5G equals effortless scrolling, swiping and more. Perfect for multitaskers, the LG V60 lets you get more done with a dual screen and quick responsiveness.

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5G networks.

The new iPhone 12 boasts superfast 5G and A14 Bionic, the fastest chip in a smartphone. Even better? All iPhone 12 models support Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband network.

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5G networks¹ are officially here, and they're expanding across the nation. You might be wondering what this means for your devices and the overall user experience. Follow along for a peek at how phone capabilities will grow and which devices will be 5G-compatible. We'll give you a hint - you've probably already heard of a couple: the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the recently released Apple iPhone 12, to name just two.

What is 5G? For everyday consumers, 5G can mean a superior phone experience; one that enables console-quality gaming (with the possibility of real-time, multiplayer mobile gaming), the downloading of high-res movies within seconds (rather than minutes) and improved connectivity.  

5G phones and compatibility. 

The big question on your mind might be, “Is my phone 5G-compatible?” The answer is no, unless you’ve purchased a 2020 5G phone. From the Samsung Galaxy S20 family and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip to the OnePlus 8 and Apple iPhone 12 (and more), there are a wide range of 5G phones available — with more being released every day. If you’re holding off on purchasing a new phone, you can still operate on 4G. (In fact, 4G may also experience a boost in connectivity thanks to 5G.) Check out our 5G phone picks in the slideshow. Verizon, now with the coverage of 5G Nationwide and the unprecedented performance of 5G Ultra Wideband.¹

¹ 5G Ultra Wideband available only in parts of select cities. 5G Nationwide available in 1,800+ cities.