A third of the people who voted in last week’s poll plans to buy a 5G phone in 2020. Another third are still prioritizing the other features on a phone, but are not against having a 5G-capable phone. Only the final third voted a firm “no”.
Among those, the most common explanation as to why not is that the carriers in their country are yet to launch their next-generation networks. In many regions this will not happen this year or even next year.
This limits the value of 5G connectivity from the perspective of future-proofing one’s purchase. It’s much better to get an awesome camera now than prepare for high bandwidth that’s a few years out.
However, as one commenter points out, it won’t be long until you can’t buy a non-5G phone. This year, the flagship chipsets from Qualcomm and Samsung rely on external modems, so it’s still possible to have top performance on a 4G phone. But as soon as the chip makers integrate the modems, flagship CPUs and GPUs will be permanently tied to paying the premium for a 5G phone.
And there will be a premium – if the recent leak about Galaxy S20 prices is correct, the difference between getting a 4G model and a 5G model could be €100. Not that this would deter early adopters – 2% of voters already have a 5G phone, even though those are fairly rare right now.
The good news for those with a keen interest in the new standard but without the budget to pay the premium is that mid-range and even sub-$200 5G phones are on the way.
Wireless is continuing to develop right now wifi6 is the best update you can do and 5g it's still in heavy development another 5 years
You are mixing things here. It is one thing the modem supports all bands, it is another thing the hardware manufacturer actually support all the bands. Just look at 4G phones. I'm right now opening realme x50 5g spec page and I see that it supports b...
I'm not really interested in 5G at the moment. I use AT&T in the US, and they're deploying the mmW and also the sub-6GHz versions. The sub-6GHz is available in my area, but it's likely still to be spotty and take at least another good year or t...