Remember how meticulously slow the arrival of 4G LTE support felt a few years ago? Well, get ready to experience the same feeling you're waiting for your operator to roll out 5G in your area. Just as a few years ago, operators around the world will gradually expand their new network, based on the busiest areas. If you are not in one of the big cities or places that will be part of the first wave of the 5G rollout, you will probably envy the lucky few who will use it. Take Verizon's first 5G markets, including Chicago and Minneapolis, where you can already benefit from the next-gen network. And early-speed tests will tell you that you actually have every reason to be jealous.
It will be several years until we get the 5G speeds we really want, but the early tests are also not bad, as they show that 5G is much faster than LTE under normal conditions. Verizon spokesman David Veissmann posted the following clip on Twitter, showing 5G speeds up to 760 Mbps registered in Minneapolis. Needless to say, it's pretty impressive.
CNET tested Verin's 5G network in Chicago and saw real network speeds of over 51
As the video shows, the 5G connection is still spotty and just expecting it early. That means you can run in and out of 5G, depending on where you are in town, in which case you will fall back to 4G. Engadget's Chris Velazco also ran a 5G test in Chicago using the same Moto Z3 with a 5G Moto Mod attached to the phone at the bottom. The speed went up to almost 600 Mbps, which is almost four times faster than 4G LTE.
Velazco also mentioned in subsequent tweets that the connection is "very nice", but he managed to download the 1.81GB PUBG app for 4.5 minutes.
If you live in Chicago or Minneapolis, the only way to get to 5G is to buy Verin's only compatible phone. You guessed it, it's the Moto Z3 with the 5G Moto Mod. Or, you can wait a few weeks to buy Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G, which will soon be released.