5G vs. 4G: What is 5G technology?
5G is the next generation of wireless technology. While current 4G technology paved the way for video chat, live streaming, ride sharing, and more, 5G will take communication and innovation to the next level. 5G delivers greater speed, greatly improved responsiveness, and the ability to connect more devices to each other at the same time than 4G.
5G speed: How fast is 5G?
5G networks are designed to carry data up to 10x faster than 4G networks. That means you'll be able to download HD movies in seconds vs. minutes and music in the blink of an eye. Business applications could download on your laptop almost as fast as you can pour a cup of coffee. Plus, the blazing-fast speed of the 5G network will make high-quality streaming possible for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications. Imagine experiencing a big sporting event or concert in real time from the best seat in the arena without leaving your couch. Who knows? In the future, you could be shopping the aisles in a virtual Best Buy store via VR headset, examining and buying products while relaxing in your recliner at home.
5G real-time responsiveness.
Latency is how long it takes the network to respond to a request. With 5G, latency is greatly reduced, which means you'll experience faster file load times and improved responsiveness. For example, you'll be able to experience real-time mobile cloud gaming with no annoying lags. Watch streaming HD video from practically anywhere without buffering delays. With instant language translation, you'll be able to chat in real time with someone who speaks a different language. And in not-too-distant future, self-driving cars will use the 5G network to communicate with each other on the road and send out immediate alerts for approaching road dangers to create a safer ride for passengers.
5G technology can handle a crowd.
The new 5G network will be able to handle a large number of users, devices and traffic demands at the same time. That means no more network slowdowns at the stadium, fewer communication problems in dense cities or during peak usage times. On a smaller scale, just imagine your entire household simultaneously playing games, streaming movies and surfing the Web with no delays for anyone. And when it comes to your home, 5G will improve the communication between your smart home devices so they can share information rapidly to create a better and more secure experience for you and your family.
5G internet at home.
5G home internet will offer ultrafast streaming speeds and whole-home coverage via a direct wireless connection. That means of your devices could connect to the internet without suffering from congestion and buffering meaning even more bandwidth demanding devices could be used at home like virtual reality headsets, augmented reality apps and more. Check back to this page as more 5G home internet solutions become available.
5G phones: When will 5G be available?
5G will transform how you live your life. So when can you start using 5G devices? For starters, the network has to be in place. Major mobile carriers including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are currently building their 5G networks and will be introducing them in select cities in 2019 with more extensive 5G rollouts expected in 2020.
As far as hardware goes, 5G-compatible phones, tablets, smart hubs and other devices are beginning to be introduced. Some 5G phones already previewed include the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and the LG V50 ThinQ 5G. You can be sure that Best Buy will have the latest 5G-enabled devices that you'll want for your home, car or workplace. Check back to this page for the latest 5G device and network information.