Best 5G Smartphones for Enterprises

Enterprise-grade 5G has arrived. Organizations are investing in infrastructure that will support the next generation of wireless networking, particularly at the edge of corporate networks. Large enterprises in particular have little choice but to jump on board the 5G train.

To take full advantage of 5G, organizations will need to make significant investments in 5G-ready equipment, 5G-supported automation powered by AI, and big data analytics.

It will also be important to invest resources into company-wide education related to 5G — how it can support various organizational goals at an individual level. For example, IoT devices used in the supply chain or on the manufacturing floor must be configured correctly and used consistently to generate reliable, usable data for analytics and operational needs.

These infrastructure upgrades will be necessary to achieve higher speeds and ensure rock-solid security to keep up with the demands of the 41.6 billion connected IoT devices expected by 2025.

Top enterprise 5G smartphones

The next challenge for enterprises will be equipping their workforces with the best devices to take advantage of their 5G infrastructure investments. Here are our top 2021 5G-capable smartphone picks from three leading manufacturers: Samsung, Apple, and LG.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

  • Screen size: 6.7 inches
    Dimensions: 6.37 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Weight: 6.56 ounces
  • 5G networks supported: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
  • Top features: 64MP telephoto lens, super fast refresh rate

The latest top-of-the-line Galaxy model doesn’t come cheap at $1,199, but if your team relies on Android devices, it’s hard to go wrong here. The Snapdragon 865 processor delivers lightning fast responsiveness and decent battery life given the phone’s extensive list of capabilities.

The Galaxy S20 Plus features a crystal clear display and intuitive menus that make it easy for users to stay organized, even as they balance work and play. The telephoto lens is a great perk for companies that need to take photos in the field — for example, insurance adjusters and companies that create e-commerce listings.

Bear in mind that the Galaxy S21 models are right around the corner, but most enterprises will find that the S20 will power your crew quite capably for years. The S20 is likely to drop in price when the S21 hits the market, so you may want to wait it out.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

  • Screen size: 6.7 inches
    Dimensions: 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches
  • Weight: 8.03 ounces
  • 5G networks supported: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
  • Top features: Smart Data mode, impressive number of 5G bands

Apple users were beginning to feel a little left behind by the time the company finally released its 5G line. Luckily, this is one of those times when good things come to those who wait.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max offers the most 5G bands of any phone out there, so your team will have no trouble staying connected from virtually anywhere. The Smart Data mode automatically toggles between 5G and 4G during less intensive tasks, saving on battery life.

At $1099, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is no small investment if you need to outfit a large staff with smartphones, but state-of-the-art features like a crazy fast A14 bionic chip will keep you ahead of the curve for a good long while.

Consider the 12 Max for a more affordable, but highly capable option. You won’t sacrifice much power or battery life, but you will save a couple hundred dollars on each unit.

LG V60 ThinQ

  • Screen size: 6.8 inches
    Dimensions: 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches
  • Weight: 7.69 ounces
  • 5G networks supported: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
  • Top features: Innovative dual-screen, affordability

LG jumped on the 5G bandwagon early in the game with the V50 ThinQ. The V60 ThinQ offers several important upgrades to help you get the most from 5G.

Most notable is an innovative, detachable dual-screen that allows users to get more from tasks like email and project management.

A high-resolution, 64MP camera and 8K recording make the LG an attractive option for companies that need to create crisp, clean images on the fly. You’ll also notice several LG exclusives that will appeal to a wide range of business users: a 3.5mm port, quad DAC audio, microSD slot and wireless charging.

You can pick up the LG V60 ThinQ for less than $700 per unit, a significant savings over Apple and Samsung’s current 5G lines. If you’re working with a tight budget, the LG V60 ThinQ is a solid alternative.