The new buzzword in the smartphone industry is 5G. In fact, if you are thinking about purchasing a new smartphone, you would have likely thought about getting a 5G-enabled device. From the consumers to the manufacturers, everyone is currently focusing on 5G technology, and one thing we can be sure of is that the smartphone OEMs going forward will offer more 5G-enabled devices at affordable prices.
In fact, OnePlus, Xiaomi and Realme are all expected to launch affordable, 5G-enabled smartphones for less than Rs. 20,000 in the near future, while most of the upcoming phones above Rs. 20,000 will most likely be 5G mobile phones.
This is in spite of the fact that India is still not ready to roll out 5G networks. The country still does not have the infrastructure in place to support 5G connectivity. At the same time, telecoms are waiting for the 5G spectrum auction, and initially, there was unrest among the telecom operators with respect to the pricing.
The fact that Indian telecom operators have been told not to buy equipment from Chinese companies like Huawei has also posed quite a few significant hurdles, and it is now being speculated that it would take at least until late 2021 or early 2022 for the Indian telecom operators to successfully roll out 5G networks in the country.
However, 5G technology is expected to usher in significant changes, both in the smartphone industry and in our daily lives. Here are a few ways in which the smartphone industry will change forever, thanks to 5G technology.
Faster download speeds
Soon, we can forget about waiting for 30 minutes to download a movie on Netflix, so that we can watch it later. Or preferring to watch our favourite football matches on our TVs because the internet speeds on our phones aren’t up to par. We don’t even have to worry about the signal dropping in the middle of crowded spaces. 5G mobile phones will enable consumers to download their favourite content at blazingly fast speeds, while we can also attend calls in crowded areas, without worrying about losing the signal.
This is because 5G networks are expected to be at least 10 times faster than 4G networks, while congestion will no longer be a problem. Upcoming phones will not only be smarter, but they will also allow consumers to experience better internet speeds, and better call quality.
More storage and RAM size
Inevitably, faster internet speeds will lead to consumers downloading more movies and shows onto their smartphones. Considering the fact that 5G networks would allow users to download their favourite movies on their mobile phones within a few seconds to a minute, we will no longer be restricted to downloading just a few movies, owing to slower download speeds. This would mean that smartphone companies will have to start packing more internal storage, as compared to the phones we get today.
The top variants of most flagship devices come with 256GB internal storage, while most of the mid-premium and premium phones do not come with an additional slot for microSD card. While the companies have adopted this method to ensure that consumers pay top dollar to buy the top variants, they will either have to start offering an additional slot for an external memory card, or pack more internal storage, and we are talking about 1TB – 2TB.
The same logic applies to the RAM size. With faster download speeds, we can download more games and apps. This would mean that the smartphone should come with at least 8GB RAM, and to handle heavier apps, there might come a time when having 12GB RAM would become a necessity, and not a luxury. While we are still thinking about 16GB RAM phones, smartphone companies will soon have to think beyond that limit.
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Even faster processors
Faster download speeds will also come as good news for avid gamers, who usually have to wait for an hour to download heavy gaming apps. This includes games like PUBG Mobile and Need for Speed on iPads. However, considering these games can be downloaded easily because of 5G networks, the smartphone would require more juice to be able to cater to all the user demands. Smartphone OEMs will have to provide even faster processors, as mobile devices will have to catch up with the ever-increasing user demands and requirements.