Motorola Wins the Race to First 5G Smartphone in the World

By Holly Brockwell on at

The 5G version of the Samsung Galaxy S10 goes on sale in South Korea tomorrow, but Motorola has just pipped it to the post by making the Moto Mod for the Motorola Moto Z3 available from today in the US.

If you're thinking (as we did) "but the US doesn't even have 5G yet," it turns out Verizon's turned on its 5G in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis a week early.

So if you're a Verizon customer with a Moto Z3 in some really specific parts of two specific cities, you can have 5G in the US right now. Otherwise, like all of us in the UK, you're stuck with 4G like some kind of neanderthal.

Motorola hasn't made the 5G Moto Mod available itself yet, but Verizon is selling it to its own customers at a discounted price of $199, which is about £151. We suspect it's a marketing ploy so they can say they were first in the world, which will no doubt please the president.

While the Moto Z3 is available in the UK, the 5G Moto Mod currently isn't. When it comes out, it'll cost about £262, plus whatever your network asks for 5G.

We'll get the 5G Samsung Galaxy S10 on these shores later this year, and the 5G OnePlus phone is due next month, though it'll be exclusive to EE. The Huawei Mate X recently got 5G certified in the EU, too.

However, of course we'll need some networks with 5G before we can make use of any of those. Most of the big players have already announced their plans to start rolling out the service, including O2, Vodafone and EE. [TechRadar]