The 5G era is here! What is 5G? How is it different from 4G? What are 5G mobile phones?

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With the gradual popularization of 5G technology, the word “5G” has also entered our field of vision in large numbers, and we see an advertisement for a certain 5G mobile phone on the signboard every day. Turn on the phone, you can also see the word “5G” on an App. Previously, more news appeared on the spectrum bidding of various telecom companies around the world. As the 5G bidding officially ended in February this year, telecom operators are also gearing up to launch 5G services in the second half of 2020. In this article, the editor will share with you the new 5G technologies you should know first:

  1. What is 5G?
  2. The advantages of 5G? How is it different from 4G?
  3. What are the 5G mobile phones?

What is 5G?

5G is the abbreviation of the fifth-generation mobile communication technology (5th generation mobile networks or 5th generation wireless systems) is the latest generation of mobile communication technology, an extension of the 4G system. The performance goals of 5G are high data rates, reduced latency, energy savings, cost reduction, increased system capacity, and large-scale device connections. (Source: Wikipedia )

The evolution history of mobile communication technology

In the 1980s, 1G communication technology, with the birth of the mobile phone “Big Brother”, broke through the limitations of “fixed-point” calls in the past. In the 2G era, digital voice transmission technology is the core, so the digitization of voice communication is realized. The most direct manifestation is that the mobile phone screen is colored, and text is transmitted through the small screen on the mobile phone, opening the era of SMS. In the next 3G era, users can start to browse websites, watch videos, listen to music, and other media. And 4G brings a more stable speed than 3G and is recognized as the driving force of APP (applications). It also drives the development of social networking sites, such as FB, IG, Twitter, etc.

4G can be downloaded at speeds above 100Mbps. In the upcoming 5G era, 5G speeds should theoretically be 100 times faster than 4G. Is it very exciting?

Mobile communication technologyFeaturesPeak ratefrequency
1G (1980s)call2 Kbps800-900 MHz
2G (1990s)Call, SMS, Mail (plain text)10 Kbps850-1900 MHz
3G (2000s)Call, SMS, Internet, music streaming3.8 Mbps1.6-2.5 GHz
4G (2010s)Call, SMS, Internet, 1080p video streaming0.1-1 Gbps2-8 GHz
5G (2020s)Call, SMS, Internet, 4K video streaming, VR live broadcast,
self-driving car, remote surgery
1-10 Gbps3-300 GHz
Evolution history of mobile communication technology

The advantages of 5G? How is it different from 4G?

The advantages of 5G are mainly shown in two places: the network speed is nearly 10 times faster than 4G; the delay is 10 times less than 4G .

Mobile phones communicate via radio waves. The higher the frequency that can be used, the more data and messages can be transmitted. The operator Ericsson also pointed out that global mobile broadband traffic will be five times as much as the present by 2024. 4G is subject to the test and restriction of “increasing mobile usage traffic” and “limited low-frequency load”, especially in the future. In densely populated or residential areas, if you rely on 4G alone, you will not be able to afford such a large amount of usage. This is the main reason for having to develop 5G.

4G and 5G comparison table

What is the difference between 4G and 5G? Where is it different? Through the information of, let everyone know the difference between 4G and 5G!

Peak rate (ideal upload and download speed)0.1-1 Gbps1-10 Gbps
Delay (response time)15-25 milliseconds (0.02-0.03 seconds)1 millisecond (0.001 second)
frequencyBelow 10 GHz30 to 300 GHz
advantageWide low frequency coverage without a large number of base stationsHigh frequency increases transmission rate
DisadvantageSmall bandwidth, easy to blockHard to penetrate solids, the signal drops rapidly with distance, more base stations need to be built
4G and 5G comparison table

The application of 5G advantages in the Internet of Things (IoT) is a well-known case because it can most directly demonstrate the application capabilities of 5G network characteristics. Some companies have already extended the application scope to unmanned vehicles, drone control, or disaster scene search and rescue through drones. These are all done through the low-latency features of 5G. 5G provides development opportunities for telemedicine, VR live broadcast, 4K quality live broadcast, and smart home applications.

After entering the 5G era, the base station can be ignored between devices and data transmission can be realized directly. Imagine that in the future, smart home appliances of various brands can be remotely controlled by mobile phones. Even if you are not at home, you can use your mobile phone to control the light switch, call the sweeping robot to work, arrange the washing machine, and even ask the electronic pot to cook the food first.

Because of 5G, it is no longer a dream and a slogan to build my Smarter Home. A bright technological future is coming to us. Are you ready?

What are the 5G mobile phones?

So far, there are 10 brands of 5G mobile phones: Samsung, Vivo, OPPO, HUAWEI, HONOR, LG, SONY, SHARP, Nokia, Xiaomi, and follow-up Google, ASUS or Apple may join in the second half of 2020 The ranks of 5G mobile phones.

The editor compiled a list of 24 5G mobile phones currently on the market.

Mobile phone brands5G mobile phone models
SamsungS10 5G
 Note10 5G
 Note 10+ 5G
 A90 5G
 S20 5G
 S20+ 5G
 S20 Ultra 5G
 A51 5G
 A71 5G
vivoNEX3 5G
 Mate 30 Pro 5G
LG V50 ThinQ 5G
 V50S ThinQ 5G
 V60 ThinQ 5G
SONYXperia 1 II (Mark II)
Nokia8.3 5G
5G supported mobile phones

5G is the future trend, but 4G will not lag behind

To form a 5G communication device, in addition to a 5G mobile phone, a 5G tariff plan from a telecom company is also required. Moreover, even with 5G mobile phones and 5G solutions, a stable 5G high-speed network needs to be within the signal range. Therefore, if you want to truly enjoy high speed and low latency, you need to meet the following three conditions:

  1. A 5G mobile phone
  2. 5G communication solution
  3. Use within 5G signal range

Among these three conditions, the consideration of 5G mobile phones is the lowest, because buying 5G mobile phones is the last obstacle. The most important thing to consider is whether it is used within the 5G signal range, otherwise, it is useless to have a 5G mobile phone and set up a telecom tariff plan. Therefore, before considering changing the mobile phone, it is recommended to understand the current 5G signal coverage of the telecom operators.