If you are thinking of buying a new smartphone, you must have thought over buying a 5G phone by spending some extra cash.
5G smartphones are up for sale, and you can even purchase one for as low as Rs 15,000 right now. However, if you are doing so, then you must find out if it is worth it or not.
Purchasing a 5G smartphone in 2023 might be a bit ambitious because, firstly, 5G is still not available in all parts of the country, and second, we’ve had no word from telecom operators about their 5G plans.
Also, we may see the complete implementation of 5G networks not before December 2024. So, you must understand that 5G is still not available everywhere in India, and whenever it comes to your city, it might happen that your phone does not support those bands.
It’s because the 5G spectrum comes in three different categories of bands: Low-band (600Mhz-700Mhz), Mid-band (2.5Ghz-3.7Ghz), and High-band (24Ghz-39Ghz).
Currently, mid-range smartphones generally support very few 5G bands, whereas the flagships support more bands.
So, let us suppose you buy a mid-range 5G phone in the hope that you can enjoy the 5G facility as soon as it is available in your location. However, it would not be worth it if your device does not support those 5G bands.
Should You Buy a 5G Smartphone in 2023?
It would be too early to say anything about the current situation of 5G networks in India.
Interestingly countries like the UK, the US, Australia, India, and New Zealand have banned Chinese telecommunication giants Huawei and ZTE from their 5G networks. So telecom operators would have to build their own 5G network infrastructure.
All of these combined will end up costing consumers even more, and from its look, it’s not hard to say 5G plans will cost more than what we expected.
But at least for now, you should choose a product based on your requirements, regardless of the 4G or 5G.