Last week, speculation started swirling about a Verizon variant of the Nokia 8.3 5G. HMD Global, maker of Nokia-branded Android devices, later released a teaser about a special product launch. Now the phone is official, carrying the distinction of being the first Nokia flagship phone on a major US carrier since the Windows Phone days.
Support for the latest 5G network standards has percolated down from flagship phones in record time, and it's already appearing in even $400 smartphones. While it hasn't been as big of a game-changer as carriers would want us to believe, 5G is a highly marketed feature that customers are apparently paying attention to, so we're curious to know: Does your phone support 5G?
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It wasn't long ago that we were lamenting the "5G tax" in high-end devices. As recently as this summer, many phones were launching at astronomical prices, solely because they were able to pull marginally faster mobile data speeds in certain markets (in theory, at least). Today, 5G is still dubiously useful to most consumers, but a series of competent, competitively-priced 5G phones like the Samsung Galaxy A71, Galaxy S20 FE, Pixel 4a 5G, and, to an extent, even the Pixel 5 have changed our thinking about what 5G access has to cost.
The new Verizon-exclusive TCL 10 5G UW pushes the affordable 5G envelope even further.
Earlier this year, Nokia announced the world's first truly global 5G phone. Now it looks like the company is preparing to bring that device to the US for the first time. A since-taken-down livestream countdown pointed to a November 9 announcement for a Verizon variant called the Nokia 8 V 5G UW with support for the carrier's speedy (and sparse) ultra wideband network.
Yesterday, the FCC announced that T-Mobile would have to pay $200 million in civil penalties. The cellular carrier's bad week isn't stopping yet, though — the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau (NAD) has examined some of T-Mobile's claims about having the "best 5G network" and found that they are potentially misleading to customers.
Big batteries are always in style, and Motorola seems to have taken that to heart with its newest phones. The Moto G 5G and Moto G9 Power both have large capacities, but the G9 Power includes the largest cell that the company has ever included in a device, with claims of lasting for up to 60 hours on a single charge.
Google is conducting a rare sweepstakes as it looks for people to pick up a 5G phone for a chance at winning $5G — that's $5,000. But you don't need to buy a Pixel 5 to enter the Pixel 5 $5G Sweepstakes.
Only a year ago, you had to pay well over $1,000 to try out the underwhelming future of 5G, but that has rapidly changed in recent months. Phones like the OnePlus Nord, Galaxy A71, and Pixel 4a 5G have made 5G far more accessible, and now LG is taking it a step further with its new K92 phone.
Verizon started rolling out 5G Nationwide support to existing devices earlier this month, but today it's announcing a phone that works on its other 5G network, too. The company's ultra wideband coverage is only available in parts of select cities, but this new device from TCL is the most affordable way to get access to Verizon's highest 5G UW speeds as well as its 5G Nationwide network.
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