Buying a 5G smartphone? Check out these must-haves

    5G smartphone buying guide: You need to ensure these features for a 5G phone using a 5G SIM card.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Oct 06 2022, 19:46 IST
    iPhone 14 Pro Max: It is HERE, and we take a quick look
    image caption
    1/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max brings a new 48MP main camera in addition to the new 12MP ultrawide camera and the same old 12MP 3X telephoto camera. The front 12MP camera has an autofocus lens system.  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
    image caption
    2/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max retains almost the same design as the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The Deep Purple colour variant is the new colour this here; we have got the Gold version with us. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
    image caption
    3/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max uses the new 4nm A16 Bionic chip that promises marginal performance gains over the A15 Bionic. AnTuTu scores show a performance gain of 28 percent in graphics and 19 percent in CPU. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
    image caption
    4/6 iPhone 14 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch OLED display with a variable refresh rate of 1Hz-120Hz. The 1Hz mode allows for an Always On Display for the first time on an iPhone and you can see your widgets as well as wallpaper. Peak brightness levels go up to 2000 nits. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
    image caption
    5/6 iPhone 14 Pro Max gets rid of the notch in favour of a pill-shaped Dynamic Island. Other than masking the cutouts, it changes shape to accommodate the icons and widgets. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
    iPhone 14 Pro Max
    6/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at a price of Rs. 139,900 in India for the 128GB variant and goes up to Rs. 189,900 for the 1TB version.  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
    Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
    View all Images
    5G smartphones need to have these features as standard.  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

    Are you buying a 5G smartphone? There's a lot to choose from, right? Be it any price point, there's a plethora of 5G smartphones from various brands, all offering various kinds of toys to play with. But is it that simple? Is it the same as buying smartphones in the 4G era? It is not quite the same. In fact, despite the mega benefits of 5G, 5G phones of today are not likely ready for the 5G networks, and with our usage accustomed to 4G networks, will it be the same using 5G phones?

    The simple answer is – no. 5G networks work differently and hence, our 5G phones need to focus on areas that will matter in day to day lives. Have a quick look at the essentials.

    Not sure which
    mobile to buy?

    5G smartphones: What are the essentials?

    iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
    iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
    iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
    iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

    Big battery

    5G runs much faster than the 4G LTE and hence, require more resources as well as energy. That means 5G will be more of a battery drain on your phone. Hence, your 5G smartphone needs to have good battery life. Ensure a bigger battery capacity as well as more power efficient chip and smarter OS.

    Fastest 5G modems

    Supporting 5G on your phone doesn't mean you get those higher Gbps speeds. Your phone needs to have the fastest modems to access those higher speeds. Most expensive smartphones feature the fastest modems and hence, you will get the best experiences on the flagship smartphone models.

    Fast chips

    And to get the fastest modems, you need to have phones with the fastest chips. In Android universe, choose phones with Snapdragon 870, Snapdragon 888, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, MediaTek Dimensity 9000, Dimensity 9000+, and the likes. All iPhones starting iPhone 12 and newer models support all bands of 5G, and the fastest modems.

    Software support

    Lastly, your smartphone manufacturer needs to enable 5G support. For example, all the 5G equipped iPhones in India need to get an iOS update from Apple in order to allow 5G support. Android flagships, on the other hand, already have support for 5G networks. Hence, check with the manufacturer for 5G support before you hit the “buy” button.


    Follow HT Tech for the latest tech news and reviews , also keep up with us on Twitter, Facebook, Google News, and Instagram. For our latest videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    First Published Date: 06 Oct, 19:46 IST
    keep up with tech