With the wider rollout of 5G across the UK and new, cheaper 5G phones hitting the market, now might be a good time to invest in a new handset.
5G first launched in the UK in late 2019, promising huge improvements on download speeds, a more reliable network and better signal strength indoors than 4G.
Not everyone has access yet, but the four major mobile networks (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone) plus Sky Mobile and Tesco Mobile have all launched in major cities and have plans to roll out further across the UK in the near future. Find out if you have 5G in your area with our .
As the network expands, smartphone manufacturers are getting in on the action too, releasing cheaper and cheaper models with 5G connectivity. See below for our pick of three new mid-range smartphones with 5G.
When it comes to specs, the three phones are fairly similar, though there are some crucial differences.
|Screen||6-inch OLED||6.6-inch OLED||6.6-inch OLED|
|Rear cameras||12Mp wide, 16Mp ultra-wide lens||48Mp wide, 12Mp ultra-wide, 13Mp telephoto lens||48Mp wide, 8Mp ultra-wide, 5Mp macro, 5Mp depth lens|
|Front cameras||8Mp wide lens||32Mp wide lens||20Mp wide lens|
The main difference is cost - the Pixel 5 and Oppo phones will set you back a fair bit, whereas Samsung steals in with the cheapest 5G phone we've tested.
If you need a lot of storage the Oppo could be your best bet, especially considering that the Pixel 5 doesn't have the option to extend it. If lasting the day is your priority, Samsung's larger battery might be tempting, though our testing shows that bigger doesn't always mean better.
Reno4 Pro and A42 have gone for the super-large screens we're used to seeing on recent launches. They're great for gaming, but they may be too large for those used to a smaller phone.
Google has resolutely kept its handsets smaller than the major launches from Apple and Samsung, but the new Pixel 5 has one of its largest ever screens, at 6-inches.
Besides the 5G, there isn't much in the way of major updates from last year's Pixel 4. It does have a more powerful processor though, plus a bigger battery and more internal storage.
It's more expensive than the latest Oppo and Samsung 5G offerings, but it does have some extra features to tempt you, such as wireless charging and an IP68 rating (which means it's protected from dust and water submersion up to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes).
One of two recent 5G launches, the Oppo Reno4 Pro offers a large amount of storage, plus a pretty hefty processor that should make it quick and easy to flit between all your different apps.
The addition of a telephoto lens should increase the quality of your zoomed-in photos, but you'll have to check our review to see how well the cameras performed overall.
The A42 is the cheapest 5G enabled Samsung phone you can buy. It's missing some of the fancier features you find on premium phones, like a waterproof rating and the very latest processor, but it still offers a fair amount for the money, with a quad camera setup and huge 6.6-inch display.
You also get a headphone jack, so you won't need an adaptor for a pair of wired earphones, plus a choice of fingerprint sensor or face scanner for unlocking the phone.
Your smartphone is likely your most used and most relied on piece of tech, so you want to know that it's the perfect model for you before you buy.
That's where our tests come in. We put each phone through its paces in our test lab, assessing every aspect to make sure it's a solid all-rounder. These include: