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Top 5G smartphones to buy in Feb 2022 that will be fast when 5G comes to India

Top 5G smartphones to buy in Feb 2022: We highlight some high-end smartphones that should stay fast even for the next 2-3 years.

By: HT TECH
Updated on: Feb 03 2022, 18:18 IST
Top 5G smartphones to buy in Feb 2022: The iPhone 13 Pro Max has at least six years of OS updates, and the support for most 5G bands. (HT Tech)

Top 5G smartphones to buy in Feb 2022: 5G is coming to India within a year or two, and if you want to be prepared for the transition, you need to have a 5G smartphone. However, with the 5G spectrum auction dates not yet available, it could take a while for 5G networks to deploy and that means the smartphone you buy now should stay fast and reliable for at least the next 2-3 years. That eventually means you need to buy a high-end phone in order for it to be relevant when 5G networks go live.

In a market that is flooded with 5G networks, choosing the right high-end 5G phone could be a hassle for you. Hence, we have picked up the top five smartphones that we think could be as fast in the next few years as they are right now out of the box; so that you can take advantage of 5G when it goes live. Some of these phones belong to Apple’s iPhone range whereas there are a couple of other models from the Android universe.

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How did we choose these phones:

  • Abundance of performance is necessary in the phone right now. A top-of-the-line chipset will stay fast even in the next 2-3 years and will be capable of running most apps and games with ease.
  • Software updates are another necessity. Your phone should stay updated with the latest patches and fixes so as to remain on top of its game.
  • It should have support for multiple 5G bands, given that Indian telecom players could launch their 5G services on any 5G band.
  • It should have a good battery life. 5G is going to sip more power and hence, your phone needs to have a large power reserve to keep it working all day.

Top 5G smartphones to buy in February 2022

iPhone 13 Pro Max

iPhone 13 Pro Max (HT Tech)
iPhone 13 Pro Max (HT Tech)

Price: Rs. 1,29,990

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is currently the best iPhone you can buy right now, and that means it will stay in top shape even after two years in the wild. It has a got the A15 Bionic chip that supports the most 5G bands, has a humongous battery that deliver stellar battery life, and a possibility of at least 6 iOS updates over its lifecycle. Some other reasons to consider the iPhone 13 Pro Max is its extremely capable camera system, and a great 120Hz display.

iPhone 12

Apple iPhone 12  (Robin Sinha/HT Tech)
Apple iPhone 12  (Robin Sinha/HT Tech)

Price: From Rs. 56,999

The iPhone 12 is over a year old now but at almost Rs. 60,000, it is another great way to witness 5G as and when it arrives over the next two years. The iPhone 12 also supports the most number of 5G bands, has five more years of iOS updates left, has a very powerful chipset offering abundant performance, and a good overall battery life.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

Price: From Rs. 54,999

The Galaxy S21 FE is a stellar option if you want to stick with Android. Samsung promises three years of OS updates on this one. The Exynos 2100 is plenty fast for now and should stay that way for the next two years. It has support for multiple 5G bands, and has a decent battery life. Other reasons to consider this include its marvellous 6.4-inch 120Hz AMOLED display and a versatile rear camera setup.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Samsung)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Samsung)

Price: Rs. 1,49,999

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a very swanky way to prepare for the 5G era. Obviously, it has got a very fast Snapdragon 888 chip that supports all global 5G bands, has a large battery, and will get three years of Android OS updates. And when 5G comes, you can enjoy its benefits on its large 7.6-inch 120Hz OLED folding display that can be folded shut when you are done. There’s also a 6.1-inch AMOLED Cover Display for when you don’t need a large canvas.

Xiaomi 11T Pro

Xiaomi 11T Pro  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
Xiaomi 11T Pro  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

Price: From Rs. 39,999

Xiaomi’s latest high-end phone in India isn’t the best it makes. However, for Rs. 40,000, you get a phone that comes with a promise of three Android OS updates, a very fast Snapdragon 888 chip, support for 13 5G bands, and a large battery. The 120W fast wired charging is another good reason to consider, alongside its 10-bit AMOLED display that is a pleasant to watch.

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First Published Date: 03 Feb, 18:16 IST
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