5G has been the talk about the telco space over the past few weeks.
With three 5G phones and a 5G hotspot being released in close succession, it's not really a surprise.
In case you were interested in jumping on the bandwagon, we've collated every 5G plan available in Australia right now.
At the present time Telstra is the only telco with 5G plans available. We have also found that coverage isn't that great right now.
Though more 5G enabled areas will be rolled out by June 30 and beyond, we cannot stress strongly enough that a 5G phone will not guarantee you automatic 5G coverage.
The being said, 4G is also getting improvements on 5G enabled devices so its not all sketchy news. Our preliminary tests in 5G-enabled areas (even when 5G doesn't work) and regular 4G areas when it comes to 4G speeds have been pretty good.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
First up we have the device with the most brand recognition.
The 5G variant of the Galaxy S10 has a 6.7-inch curved AMOLED screen with Infinity-O display in the top right corner.
At the rear it has a quadruple camera setup (12MP telephoto, 12MP wide-angle, 16MP ultra-wide and 3D depth) and on the front two selfie cameras (10MP and 3D depth cam).
On the spec side there is 8GB RAM and either 256GB or 512GB storage. The battery is pretty darn big at 4,500mAH and comes with super fast wired charging and Fast Wireless Charging 2.0.
The 256GB variant comes in Crown Silver and Majestic Black, with the 512GB coming in black only.
Being the most recognisable and possibly reliable comes at a price. The 5G S10 has the most expensive plans by far.
It's also the only 5G phone in Australia without an outright price attached to it yet.
The 5G 10 comes in both regular and leasing plans, with the latter being $10 cheaper across the board. While we're not advocates for leasing, we have left them here in case you like them.
The cheapest non-lease plan starts at $141 a month for the 256GB variant but that only gets you 3GB of data. We recommend avoiding that.
For $5 more you can get 20GB of data, which will be a cool $146 a month.
If you're willing to go all in you could also consider Telstra's signature unlimited data plan which is $199 a month across all plans and models (it's available for all of the other 5G phones as well).
It comes with unlimited data, unlimited national calls and texts and zero handset repayment.
Anyway, yeah these bad boys are pricey. But if you love Samsung phones and want to get in on that 5G action from the get got, go nuts.
S10 5G 256GB
S10 5G 256GB (Lease)
S10 5G 512GB
S10 5G 512GB (Lease)
Oppo Reno 5g
Next up we have the cheapest 5G handset option available in Australia right now.
Keeping with Oppo tradition it has a wild 'shark fin' pop up selfie cam that allows for extra screen real estate.
This means that it comes with a 93.1 per cent screen to body ration to accompany its 6.6-inch OLED display.
In addition to the 16MP front-facing camera it as 48MP main, 8MP super-wide and a 13MP periscopic zoom cameras at the rear.
When it comes to specs it has a Snapdragon 855 processor, Qualcomm's X55 modem, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, and a 4,065mAh battery with VOOC fast charging 3.0.
To buy it outright it will cost you $1,499, or you could go through a Telstra plan.
Again, lets skip the 3GB plan and jump straight to the 20GB which is $104 a month for the non-leasing version. That's $45 cheaper than the Samsung.
Here are the rest of the options:
LG V50 ThinQ 5G
For the last phone have LG's offering, which is also the weirdest if the lot (sorry Oppo) thanks to a second screen that can be attached so it kind of becomes a foldable device. But the screens are also slightly different sizes?
LG is positioning it as a way to game and also multitask on the device. We'll let you know how that goes in our upcoming review.
The V50 comes with a 6.4-inch OLED primary display and detachable 6.2-inch secondary display.
It has a dual camera setup at the back (12MP and 16MP wide-angle) and two selfie cameras (8MP and 5MP wide-angle).
Under the hood you'll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, X50 5G model with Wi-Fi 6 support, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage and a 4,000mAh battery.
When it comes to plan pricing the V50 5G sits between Oppo and Samsung. If you want to buy it outright it will set you back $1,728.
HTC 5G Hotspot
It's not all about phones, though!
HTC were first out of the gate with a 5G hub that can be used in the home or on the go.
I've been using this for the past few weeks and it's genuinely great. Even though 5G is hard to find right now, the 4G speeds have been great and it's had no trouble hosting multiple devices and even my giant work PC.
Keep your eyes peeled for my full review once I can get more 5G experience out of it.
HTC's 5G hub comes with a Snapdragon 855 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 7,660mAH battery with 24-hours active life. But you'll get about 800 hours on standby.
In addition to wired connection it can support up to twenty wireless devices concurrently it even has and has a USB-C port for external display.
The hub's 5-inch 720 touch screen can also be used for games, apps and even streaming the likes of Netflix.
When it come to plans, they're cheaper than the handsets due to just dealing in data.
This won't be a good fit for everyone, but if you are in the market for a new hub that will support 4G as well as really great 4G speeds when the former isn't available - this is definitely worth considering.
They are on 24-month contracts and the cheapest is $70 a month for 25GB.
We'll continue updating this list as more telcos get on board the 5G train and extra devices get released.