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Europe’s first 5G phone is already here, but it’s not the phone we expected

The 5G networks are finally here, but they’re more exciting on paper than in real life. That’s because carriers are still rolling out 5G support on a market-by-market basis. After networks and phones became available in the US and South Korea in April, but the race to release the first 5G phone in Europe was a tight one.

In the end the top three contenders crossed the line in quick succession the Oppo Reno 5G, Huawei Mate 20 X 5G and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G all became available in Switzerland during May 1 and 2, however the winner was something of a surprise.

The phone that launched on May 1 was the Oppo Reno 5G, a phone from a brand that’s not exactly a household name in Europe, despite being a very popular company in Asia. Many would have expected the title to go to Samsung or OnePlus, so Oppo stealing a march shows the brand is out to make waves.

The first 5G network in Europe came in Switzerland on April 17, when telecoms company Swisscom switched on its 5G network. 

Switzerland also has a second carrier ready to offer 5G service to its customers. Sunrise opened sales for the 256GB Huawei Mate 20 X 5G a day after Swisscom.

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