5G in India: Is it reasonable to buy a 4G phone now?

5G was “launched” in India earlier this month, but it looks like the next-generation network technology could take more than a year before it’s rolled out across the country, with support for compatible phones. prefer. If you’re looking for a new smartphone, should you consider buying a 4G smartphone – such as the recently launched Moto G72 – with slightly better specs, rather than a a similarly priced 5G-capable smartphone? The answer may not be simple, as we discuss in this week’s episode of the Gadgets 360 podcast, Orbital.

Both Jio and Airtel have announced to limit access to 5G connectivity in specific cities, in time for the festive season. But it looks like it will be a while before everyone with a compatible smartphone has access to 5G connectivity. Orbital Server Akhil Arora Talk to the Senior Reviewer Sheldon Pinto and Reviewers Pranav Hegde about planning your next smartphone purchase on this week’s episode of the Gadgets 360 podcast.

When it comes to choosing a budget or affordable smartphone, Pranav says it’s safer to buy a 4G phone that offers better value for money than to buy a 5G phone that can. does not offer equivalent features in the same price. While 5G plans and pricing are yet to be announced, they will likely be more expensive than 4G plans.

Akhil and Sheldon both point out that the most important factor for delivering 5G in India will be speed, and as networks become increasingly crowded and congested, we will have a better picture of 5G network performance in the country. this family. Pranav adds that during the recent Dussehra celebration, he saw four bars with 4G connectivity on his smartphone, but WhatsApp and Twitter didn’t work reliably.

While Sheldon says many people have asked him to recommend a smartphone with 5G connectivity, Pranav says it’s worth considering the longevity of the phone. Buying a cheap 5G phone today means they’re likely to run slower – making opening apps, browsing tabs annoying – by the time 5G connections roll out across the country. However, mid-range smartphones can perform better over time, he added.

The Moto G72, launched in India this week, is powered by a MediaTek Helio G99 SoC. The chipset offers 4G connectivity and is also found on a few Redmi and Poco phones as well as the newly launched Redmi Pad, he said, adding that you can even play heavier games on the smartphone. equipped with this processor.

Pranav says that Motorola expects 5G to roll out to 40% of Indias users by 2027, based on how the technology is gradually made available in South Korea and the US. It looks like we’re still a few years away from fully rolling out 5G connectivity for all users.

All that said – is it reasonable to buy a 4G smartphone for around Rs. 20,000, when 5G smartphones offer similar specs at a cheaper price? Pranav notes that in fact, the closest competitor to the Moto G72 is made by Motorola. And it has 5G connectivity. That is Moto G82 5G, launched earlier this year and is priced at Rs. 1,000 more than the Moto G72.

Both the Moto G72 and Moto G82 5G are equipped with 120Hz AMOLED displays, but the former has a 108-megapixel camera, while the latter has a 50-megapixel camera. Apart from these differences, the phones are quite similar.

Moto G72 first impressions: A promising all-round 4G

Aside from Moto, there are several other options to choose from, with smartphone makers flooding the market with smartphones with 5G support. There’s the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G, and the Realme 9 Pro 5G. But buying some of these phones could mean affecting some aspects of your smartphone’s performance in order to gain access to 5G networks.

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