Best 5G Phones to Buy in South Africa

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Have you recently moved to a 5G area? Are you looking to buy a new phone or upgrade your cellphone contract and want to take advantage of your access to 5G coverage around South Africa? Check out our recommendations for 5G-capable smartphones.

Why use a 5G-capable smartphone?

We have a few assumptions when generally recommending mobile 5G for use by the average South African:

  • You want to use it for its internet speeds – perhaps to stream live HD video your social media channels, or stream your games on Twitch to produce a great quality channel
  • You would like to hotspot your laptop or smart TV with super-fast internet speeds – you can hotspot multiple devices at the same time because it has extra low lag/buffering issues (the internet speed is consistently high as well)
  • You live in an urban area that has a good amount of 5G network that overlaps its network coverage – you can then rely on fast internet speeds to stream music, do live content, and upload hi-definition content on the go
  • You’re looking for an alternative to the Apple iPhone 5G phones – we want to find great phones that are priced below the high-performance flagship smartphones from the best smartphone manufacturers in the world – with HD screens, great cameras, and fast RAMs

Best Samsung 5G Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy A34 5G for around R6,000

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G for around R9,000

SAMSUNG Galaxy A34 5G 128GB (2023)

CamerasMain camera 48MP, with 4K video
Selfie camera 13MP, with 4K video
RAM and StorageRAM Size 6GB
Storage Size 128GB
Internet speed5G, Dual SIM
Screen resolutionFull-HD (2340×1080) 6.6-inch screen
Features5000 mAh battery with fast charging, fingerprint unlock
PriceR5,399 from bobshop.co.za
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G Dual Sim 128GB specs, price, and features.

The specifications of the Galaxy A34 5G promise to manage your 4K streaming wherever you are, giving you a great entry into Samsung’s 5G smartphones offerings. A really good mid-range smartphone from one the biggest Android smartphone in the world, promising great technology, reliability, and support. Save a few more thousands and get the bigger brother, the Galaxy A54 5G, it has bigger everything: screen, RAM, and cameras.

The Samsung Galaxy A34 5G 128GB (2023)
SAMSUNG Galaxy A34 5G 128GB (2023).

Best Oppo 5G smartphones

Oppo A78 5G for around R7,000

Oppo Reno Z 7 for around R9,000

Oppo A78 5G Dual SIM 128GB (2023)

CamerasMain camera 50MP, with HDR photos
Selfie camera 8MP
RAM and StorageRAM Size 8GB
Storage Size 128GB
Internet speed5G, Dual SIM
Screen resolutionFull-HD (1612×720) 6.6-inch screen
Features5000 mAh battery with fast charging, fingerprint unlock
PriceR8,899 from CaCellular.co.za
Oppo A78 5G Dual SIM 128GB specs, price, and features.

Oppo smartphones are premium-level phones, as can be seen in their well-specced smartphones like the Oppo A78 5G. This R9,000 5G smartphones is a brilliant machine that gives Samsung a good run or its money. Yes, not exactly affordable, but you do get what you pay for: good screen resolution, a big camera, and an 8GB RAM – which is above the average mid-range smartphone.

The Oppo A78 5G 128GB is available with an 8GB RAM in South Africa.

Best HONOR 5G phones

Honor Magic4 Lite 5G for around R6,000

Honor X8 5G for around R6,500

Honor Magic4 Lite 5G (2022)

CamerasMain camera 48MP, with HDR photos
Selfie camera 16MP
RAM and StorageRAM Size 6GB
Storage Size 128GB
Internet speed5G, Dual SIM
Screen resolutionFull-HD (2388×1080) 6.81-inch screen
Features4800 mAh battery with fast charging, fingerprint unlock
PriceR7,999 from cellucity.co.za
Honor Magic4 Lite 5G specs, price, and features.

The Honor Magic4 Lite 5G is the smaller version (obviously) of the Magic4 and Magic4 Pro high-performance flagships from Honor, but the Lite surprisingly come with 5G connectivity! The Magic4 Lite 5G is no slouch, with 6GB of RAM and HDR photos you can ensure fast uploads of your Hi-Definition photos using your 5G network of choice. The photos look incredible on that Full-HD 6.8 inch screen, as well!

The Honor Magic4 Lite 5G is our pick from Honor smartphone brand.
The Honor Magic4 Lite 5G is our pick from Honor smartphone brand.

The Magic4Lite was released in 2022 in South Africa, but Honor currently has two generations in the international markets with the Magic5 and Magic6 versions in 2023. We, therefore, recommend waiting to see if there will be the Magic6 available locally before purchasing this Magic4 Lite 5G version.

Best vivo 5G phones

vivo V25 5G for around R13,000

vivo V27 5G for around R13,000

vivo V27 5G (2023)

CamerasMain camera 50MP, with 4K video
Selfie camera 50MP, with 4K video
RAM and StorageRAM Size 8GB
Storage Size 256GB
Internet speed5G, Dual SIM
Screen resolutionFull-HD (2400×1080) 6.78-inch screen
Features4600 mAh battery with fast charging, fingerprint unlock
PriceR12,999 from takealot.com
vivo V27 5G 256GB 8GB RAM specs, price, and features.

It’s really about your pocket at this range, and vivo pulled out the stops to produce a great piece of smartphone. A high-end smartphone with 5G connection to elevate your live streaming capabilities to a whole new level. the vivo V27 5G is the best vivo 5G.

vivo V27 5G 256GB
The vivo V27 5G 256GB

The Vivo Y52 (2021) is the cheapest 5G android phone in this line-up (available for sale for around R5,000), but its android version is 3 generations old, with the latest version of Android being the 14th generation. The Y52 5G has version 11 of Android, making it a risk as you may struggle to upgrade to the latest versions.

Best Xiaomi 5G phones

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus 5G for around R13,000

XIAOMI 12 Lite 5G 256GB for around R10,000

XIAOMI 12 Lite 5G 256GB Dual SIM (2022)

CamerasMain camera 108MP, with 4K video
Selfie camera 32MP, with HDR photos
RAM and StorageRAM Size 8GB
Storage Size 256GB
Internet speed5G, Dual SIM
Screen resolutionFull-HD (2400×1080) 6.55-inch screen
Features4300 mAh battery with fast charging, fingerprint unlock
PriceR9,999 from cellucity.com
XIAOMI 12 Lite 5G 256GB Dual SIM 8GB RAM specs, price, and features.

On sale for R7,999 at Cellucity at the time of writing this, the best Xiaomi 5G smartphone you can buy is the 12 Lite 5G, which came out in 2022. If you’re looking for Xiaomi 5G smartphones you will find that their latest Redmi Note’s carry the 5G capabilities. But, the Xiaomi products are a little thin in South Africa, with a lot more variety internationally. Perhaps a grey import could work out for you if you’re a fan.

Shop directly on the Xiaomi online store if you’re struggling to find Xiaomi smartphones on popular online shops like takealot or bobshop.

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