Oppo 10X foto 230Mid-August, 10 phones are shipping. Prices in China are as low as US$580 (Oppo) but the price drops haven't yet spread to Europe or the U.S. Most phones are in good supply.  The only available source with performance comparison is unreliable. The components used are very similar, so large differences should be rare. The Oppo is currently the cheapest but look at the quality of the 10x hybrid telephoto lens. Chart below. 

Company Model Release date Size (Inch) #Rear Cam Grams Battery
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G August 1 7.2 3 232 5000
Lenovo Z6 Pro 5G August 2019 6.4 4 185 4000
LG V50 ThinQ July 2019 6.4 3 183 4000
Nubia/ZTE Nubia W 5G August 2019 6.3 2 181 3800
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G June 2019 6.7 3 216 4000
Oppo Reno 5G 7/1 6.6 3 215 4065
Samsung Galaxy 10 5G May 2019 6.7 4 198 4100
Vivo iQOO 5G August 2019 6.4 3 196 4500
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G July 2019 6.4 2 218 3800
ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G August 2019 6.5 3 175 4000

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Vivo is selling new the iQOO 5G premium quality phone for US$536.

Lei Jun Xiaomi "5G to have explosive growth starting from Q2 2020"5G to have explosive growth starting from Q2 2020" I say sooner

Verizon CEO Ronan Dunne: >1/2 VZ 5G "will approximate to a good 4G service" Midband in "low hundreds" Mbps

CFO John Stephens says AT&T is going to cut capex soon.

Bharti in India has lost 45M customers who did not want to pay the minimum USS2/month. It's shutting down 3G to free some spectrum for 4G. It is cutting capex, dangerous when the 12 gigabytes/month of use continues to rise.

Huawei in 16 days sold 1,000,000 5G Mate 20s.  

China has over 50,000 upgraded base stations and may have more than 200,000 by yearend 2019. The growth is astonishing and about to accelerate. China will have more 5G than North America and Europe combined for several years.

5G phone prices are down to $580 in China from Oppo. Headed under $300 in 2020 and driving demand.

No one believed me when I wrote in May, 90% of Huawei U.S. purchases can be rapidly replaced and that Huawei would survive and thrive. Financial results are in, with 23% growth and increased phone sales. It is spending $17B on research in 2019, up > 10%. 

5G phones spotted from Sharp and Sony

NTT DOCOMO will begin "pre-commercial service Sept 20 with over 100 live bases. Officially, the commercial start is 2020.

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Welcome  1,800,000 Koreans bought 5G in the first four months. The demand is there, and most of the technology works. Meanwhile, the hype is unreal. Time for reporting closer to the truth.

The estimates you hear about 5G costs are wildly exaggerated. Verizon is building the most advanced wireless network while reducing capex. Deutsche Telekom and Orange/France Telecom also confirm they won't raise capex.

Massive MIMO in either 4G or "5G" can increase capacity 3X to 7X, including putting 2.3 GHz to 4.2 GHz to use. Carrier Aggregation, 256 QAM, and other tools double and triple that. Verizon sees cost/bit dropping 40% per year.

Cisco & others see traffic growth slowing to 30%/year or less.  I infer overcapacity almost everywhere.  

Believe it or not, 80+% of 5G (mid-band) for several years will be slower than good 4G, which is more developed.