What is 5G? Everything you need to know

What is 5G?
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We’ve all heard that it's here, but just what is 5G exactly? Mobile companies are excitedly telling us that they're developing their networks, and new smartphones such as the iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy S21 are 5G-compatible, but many people seeing the 5G icon on their phones are still wondering what difference they should be noticing in the experience. 

In this guide, we look at how 5G works, what 5G will allow us to do, and what difference it will make to how we use our devices. Check out our guide to the best smartphones if you’re looking for a 5G compatible device. In the meantime, read on to learn what 5G means.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.