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5G Gear For The Crazy Fast Network

5G has arrived and here’s how you can hop on the bandwidth-gon.

By Kelvin Low      25 December 2020

From artificial intelligence for self-driving cars to virtual reality and future technologies, all the modern high-tech gadgets that seek to make life easier will likely require high-speed, always-on internet connections.

At its fastest claimed speed, a full 4K definition movie can be downloaded over the air in under a minute. This is made possible by 5G, the fifth generation of wireless networking technology. More than just speed, 5G also introduces new wireless spectrums, such as mmWave. 5G can also deliver much lower network latency for better response.

While Singapore has limited 5G network coverage today, there’s certainly nothing stopping you from being an early adopter with these latest wireless gadgets:

Apple

www.apple.com/sg/

iPhone 12 Series

The new iPhone 12 is available in a bevy of sizes and colours. The phones come in 5.4 to 6.1-inch screen sizes, and all boast support for 5G cellular networks, OLED displays, improved cameras, and Apple’s latest A14 chip, as well as a refreshed design.

The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max differ from the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini by having more advanced cameras, bigger display options and unique colour schemes. Regardless of model, all iPhone 12 units are powered by Apple’s new A14 Bionic processor.


(L to R): Samsung Galaxy S20, Z Flip 5G. and Note20 Ultra 5G.

Samsung

www.samsung.com/sg/

Galaxy Smartphone Series

Samsung arguably has the most offerings for 5G capable mobile telecommunication devices. The Galaxy smartphones range from the budget-friendly A42 options to bleeding-edge folding phones like the Z Fold2 5G and Z Flip 5G.

For those who fancy tech-packed but more in a conventional candy-bar format, Samsung offers the S20 series as well as the larger-screened “phablet” Note20 Ultra 5G. For those who need a tablet on the go, consider Samsung’s 12.4-inch screen Tab S7+ 5G.


(L to R): Huawei Mate Xs and Mate 40 Pro 5G.

Huawei

consumer.huawei.com/sg/

Huawei’s 5G offerings start from the mid-range smartphone category with the Nova 7 SE 5G. The rest of its line-up are firmly in the high-end segment of the market, with the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ 5G.

To compete in the high-end phablet (a combination of phone and tablet) segment, they offer the Mate 40 Pro 5G as well as the Mate Xs, which unfolds into a huge 8-incher. None of Huawei’s new phones offer Google Play Services integration but apps can be obtained through Huawei’s own App Gallery.

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