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Sitting in a bustling coffee shop in the middle of central London, my 4G-enabled iPhone X topped out at a respectable 26 Mbps (right), according to the Netflix-powered site fast.com. However, a 5G OnePlus Pro clocked an impressive 380 Mbps (left) - an improvement of almost 15x
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5G is announced as a new era for cellular technology, with the promise of huge bandwidth and previously unthinkable download speeds.

But the attraction and general utility to the masses remain uncertain, even if an inevitable flood of 5G-enabled handsets will bomb the market.

Samsung, Oppo, Xiaomi, One Plus and LG have already released 5G devices or will release them.

EE celebrated the launch with an extensive 5G-powered performance by rapper Stormzy on the River Thames, but it remains to be seen whether it will deliver on the big fanfare.

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MailOnline got hands-on with the super fast mobile internet to see how it performs in comparison with existing technology.

Sitting in a bustling coffee shop in the middle of central London, my 4G-enabled iPhone X topped out at a respectable 26 Mbps (right), according to the Netflix-powered site fast.com. However, a 5G OnePlus Pro clocked an impressive 380 Mbps (left) - an improvement of almost 15x

Sitting in a bustling coffee shop in the middle of central London, my 4G-enabled iPhone X topped out at a respectable 26 Mbps (right), according to the Netflix-powered site fast.com. However, a 5G OnePlus Pro clocked an impressive 380 Mbps (left) – an improvement of almost 15x

Speed ​​test

A fast connectivity speed test provided the simplest way to look at the contrast between the two connections – in plain black and white text.

Was in a bustling coffee shop in the middle of central London, with my 4G-enabled iPhone X with a respectable 26 Mbps, according to the Netflix-powered site fast.com.

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However, a 5G-compatible OnePlus Pro clocked with an impressive 380 Mbps – an improvement of almost 15 times.

EE claims that even speeds have been recorded that even exceed this, a truly astonishing number compared to the top-tier home broadband options available.

For example, the Virgin Media package with all the trimmings offers speeds of up to 500 Mbps, it reported in April.

But the Wi-Fi rival speed of 5G was never really questioned, because hyperbolic claims of the 5G transcendent power have long been clustered around.

Many people in technical circles have been talking about the speed of 5G in almost whispering voices for several years.

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And on paper it at least seems to live up to the big hype.

Surfing the Internet

A general test of the 5G device showed that the internet speed was fast when loading sites, browsing through various open apps and loading media.

Surfing the internet felt smooth and smooth and streaming content was no problem.

The 4G telephone also performed admirably for this. It lagged somewhat behind the 5G device, but gave a good result.

Download movies

A like-for-like download of a movie on Netflix – the Roald Dahl classic Matilda – served as an improvised download test that anyone can replicate.

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It also acted as the first true characteristic of the clear superiority of 5G.

5G has downloaded the 379.3MB movie in about ten seconds.

Here, 4G not only struggled to keep up with its successor, but it was completely blown out of the water.

It took a long time to process the demand and the blue circle indicated that progress was hardly going at a slow pace.

4G failed to get a third of the download in a minute, and took about 18 times longer to complete the same task.

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According to data from engineering firm RS Components, based in the UK, downloading a full 1080p movie on the go with 5G could theoretically be done in just 13 seconds.

However, standard 4G would last 10 minutes and 44 seconds, according to their own analysis.

Pictured, a comparable comparison of the download speed of Matilda on Netflix. Left: download the movie on a 4G iPhone X. Right: download the same 379.3MB movie on a 5G OnePlus Pro. 5G completed it in about ten seconds while 5G lasted 18 times as long

Pictured, a comparable comparison of the download speed of Matilda on Netflix. Left: download the movie on a 4G iPhone X. Right: download the same 379.3MB movie on a 5G OnePlus Pro. 5G completed it in about ten seconds while 5G lasted 18 times as long

Pictured, a comparable comparison of the download speed of Matilda on Netflix. Left: download the movie on a 4G iPhone X. Right: download the same 379.3MB movie on a 5G OnePlus Pro. 5G completed it in about ten seconds while 5G lasted 18 times as long

View and scrub 4K

4K video is often a problem for poor internet connections, as data-intensive streaming can be too much for most connections.

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Those familiar with it praise the eye-catching visual content and offer a unique viewing experience.

For those who have never seen 4K video, it can be considered a high definition, but on steroids.

A major problem is that when sending large quantities of video images quickly, a certain period of time is often required for loading or buffering.

This jumping process is known as scrubbing and when I tried 5G and 4G on the same 4K video on YouTube, I was surprised that the 4G device performed slightly better.

It took 5G a fraction of a second to load, while the dreaded load circle just came up.

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But 4G surprisingly performed better. There was no loss of time, an immediate recording and no pixel formation.

It seems that this rather inexplicable fact can be an anomaly, but it shows that the 5G network still needs some work, as teething problems occur in the early childhood of its rollout.

When I tested 5G and 4G on the same 4K video on YouTube, I was surprised that the 4G device performed slightly better. 5G took a fraction of a second to charge, while the dreaded loading circle just came up (photo)

When I tested 5G and 4G on the same 4K video on YouTube, I was surprised that the 4G device performed slightly better. 5G took a fraction of a second to charge, while the dreaded loading circle just came up (photo)

When I tested 5G and 4G on the same 4K video on YouTube, I was surprised that the 4G device performed slightly better. 5G took a fraction of a second to charge, while the dreaded loading circle just came up (photo)

Verdict

WHAT PHONES ARE 5G COMPATIBLE?

LG V50 ThinQ

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Huawei Mate X

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G

ZTE Axon 10 Pro

Oppo Reno 5G

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Huawei Mate 20 X

Royole FlexPai

5G did perform better than its predecessor, but does it yield the tempting claims that have been released for years?

Not really.

But the problem does not lie with 5G, it did it admirably and did almost everything that was asked to do flawlessly. The problem is what it is limited to be able to do.

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There are only so many phones that can do and in the limited capacity that the test allows, it was difficult to really extend the limits of the 5G network to more than what 4G can do.

5G and its widespread implementation are inevitable, but most existing apps, websites and platforms are designed to work within the existing architecture.

They do not therefore use the enormous potential of technology.

The test and judgment from MailIOnline find that 5G is all it claims to be, but it will take a while before the rest of the industry knows how to use it properly before it approaches its potential.

WHAT IS 5G AND WHAT IS THIS?

The evolution of the G system began in 1980 with the invention of the mobile telephone with which analogue data could be sent via telephone conversations.

Digital came into action with 2G in 1991 and SMS and MMS capabilities were launched.

Since then, the possibilities and carrying capacity for the mobile network have increased enormously.

More data can be transferred from one point to another via the mobile network faster than ever.

5G is expected to be launched in 2020 and will be up to 1,000 times faster than the currently used 4G.

Although the jump from 3G to 4G was the most beneficial for mobile browsing and working, the step to 5G is so fast that they are almost in real time.

This means that mobile operations will be just as fast as office-based internet connections.

Potential applications for 5 g include:

  • Simultaneous translation of multiple languages ​​in a group conference call
  • Self-driving cars can stream movies, music and navigation information from the cloud
  • A full 8 GB movie can be downloaded within six seconds.

5G is expected to be so fast and efficient that it is possible to begin the end of wired connections.

By the end of 2020, according to industry estimates, 50 billion devices would be connected to 5G.

The evolution from 1G to 5G. The predicted speed of 5G is more than 1 Gbps - 1000 times greater than the current speed of 4G and could be implemented in laptops of the future

The evolution from 1G to 5G. The predicted speed of 5G is more than 1 Gbps - 1000 times greater than the current speed of 4G and could be implemented in laptops of the future

The evolution from 1G to 5G. The predicted speed of 5G is more than 1 Gbps – 1000 times greater than the current speed of 4G and could be implemented in laptops of the future

When and where does 5G come to the UK?

Earlier this month, EE announced it would launch 5G, and today it went live.

Initially it will be in six cities, the metropolises in the United Kingdom of London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester.

Another ten will be added before the end of 2019.

These are Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

The rollout will continue in 2020 and will cover Aberdeen, Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Worcester and Wolverhampton.

EE says it will contain more and more places in the coming years, with the announcement that it wants to reach 1500 sites by the end of 2019.

EE boss Marc Allera said the rollout would help & keep the UK at the forefront of digital technology & # 39 ;.

EE will not have a monopoly on the UK 5G market for very long, and Vodafone will join the party on July 3.

Vodafone was perhaps the first to announce an official date, but EE undermined this by more than a month.

It will initially be launched in seven cities, compared to EE & # 39; s six, with only London, Cardiff and Manchester both hosting networks.

Vodafone will also be in Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow and Liverpool.

Many other smaller cities will then receive 5G all year round, including: Stoke, Blackpool and Portsmouth.

O2 is also working on its 5G capabilities, but appears to be lagging behind the other two in terms of established infrastructure and clear plans.

It said in February that it will launch 5G somewhere in the UK this year. This still needs to be considered.

It also plans to start in just four places, reserving the capitals of British nations – Belfast, London, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

EE has today rolled out 5G to six cities in the UK - London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester (photo, green). Another ten will be added before the end of 2019 and many more before the end of next year, EE claims

EE has today rolled out 5G to six cities in the UK - London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester (photo, green). Another ten will be added before the end of 2019 and many more before the end of next year, EE claims

EE has today rolled out 5G to six cities in the UK – London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester (photo, green). Another ten will be added before the end of 2019 and many more before the end of next year, EE claims

Can I get a 5G telephone?

Handsets must be specifically enabled to accept 5G as this requires a different core.

It can accept 5G signals and at the same time accept 4G signals, thereby obtaining the best of both.

EE is currently the only network provider that offers 5G and 5Gphones.

The OnePlus Pro is available for purchase in stores and 5G versions of the Samsung S10, OPPO Reno and LG V50 ThinQ are available for pre-order.

Huawei offered 5G devices in the form of the Huawei Mate X and Huawei Mate 20 X, but these were paused after the recent outage when Google revoked the Android license from the Chinese company.

Devices from other manufacturers are also compatible with 5G, including the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, ZTE Axon 10 Pro and the Royole FlexPai.

Prices differ very accurately from existing plans, with the top of the S10 range available from £ 69 a month with 5G.

The lower specifications of OnePlus and OPPO devices are £ 59 and £ 54 respectively.

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