At the moment, the iPhone 12 series
sports a record number of 5G bands for every carrier that offers the service around the globe - from Korea to Verizon's ultrafast mmWave 5G network. To top it all off they are the first phones carrying the auctioned "C-bands" that will allow Verizon or AT&T to catch up to T-Mobile's low- to mid-band 5G coverage this year.
What about the Android camp, though, which of its phones will support the coveted C-spectrum? Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy S21 line
, as can be expected form Samsung's finest, but now also Google's Pixel 5
, as PCMag was tipped
, since its 5G C-band support approval passed through the FCC
What's somewhat surprising, however, is that the other phone that was C-band approved by the FCC, has been the... LG Wing
. That's right, that quirky handset will be able to take advantage of whatever Verizon and AT&T manage to muster with the newly-acquired C-band spectrum that Big Red spend $30 billion, and AT&T $20 billion for.
Go figure, but it might have something to do with Qualcomm's first integrated 5G modem chipset, Snapdragon 765, which both the LG Wing and Pixel 5
are running on. That gives us high hopes for the Snapdragon 888 phones, which is the first 8-series processor from Qualcomm with an integrated, not tack-on, 5G modem, and the S21 phones with it
can take advantage of C-band networks.
In any case, more will be revealed as the FCC chugs along with its C-band support approvals for more phones. For now, here's the scoop.
List of phones with Verizon or AT&T C-band 5G support:
- Apple iPhone 12 and up
- Samsung Galaxy S21 and up
- Google Pixel 5
- LG Wing