Live in an area with Verizon’s new mmWave 5G network? Want to try it out right away? Though the iPhone 12 Pro models are rumored to support mmWave, those handsets are still at least a month away, maybe even longer.
Your best bet to test out the latest and greatest 5G technology right now is Samsung’s new Galaxy A51 5G UW. Available on Verizon, the new Galaxy A51 5G UW brings cutting edge wireless technology and bundles it into an affordable package. The phone is also available from T-Mobile and AT&T.
The $549 phone offers a large 6.5-inch 2400 x 1080 resolution AMOLED display. Underneath the hood, the Galaxy A51 5G UW is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
It is not an iPhone killer in the camera department, but it does come equipped with a 48MP sensor. And for headphone lovers, there’s even a 3.5mm jack, which is a convenience feature Apple did away with years ago.
iPhone 12 and 5G
Apple’s iPhone 12 is rumored to be arriving later this fall and will be the first iPhone to feature 5G technology. Though all four iPhone models will include 5G support, only the Pro models will be able to take advantage of Verizon’s new mmWave technology.
The 5.4-inch and the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max will connect to 5G, but not the faster mmWave network.
Customers who want the fastest internet possible will have to pay extra cash for the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro or the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.
What Is mmWave?
mmWave is often used interchangeably with 5G, however, mmWave is an extremely high-frequency band, between 24GHz and 100GHz, within the 5G spectrum. This spectrum is relatively unused and can transfer data at significantly higher speeds than the lower frequency bandwidth used by 4G and older technologies.
The only drawback to mmWave is that the high-frequency waves don’t travel very far. It is suitable for the cities and not rural areas where cell phone towers must cover long distances.