Don’t Buy a 5G Smartphone, at Least, Not for a While

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  1. Megalith

    Megalith 24-bit/48kHz Staff Member

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    Ars’ latest feature supports the theory that being an early adopter rarely pays off: while 5G has the potential to offer a “10x improvement” in mobile network speeds, the first devices won’t be blessed with an SoC, but separate, larger components such as a discrete modem and multiple antenna modules. Critics suggest poor battery life and weak 5G reception are therefore inevitable, as additional hardware will result in a smaller battery, and multiple RF modules highlight how easily a user’s hands could block a signal.

    In a year or two, mmWave hardware should be more mature and more integrated. A big sign to look for is if Qualcomm's 2020 SoC has an integrated 5G modem, which would bring back many of the single-chip advantages that 4G has today. The immaturity of 5G won't stop the coming advertising blitz, though. Soon you'll start seeing the launch of the first 5G phone on network X, and every carrier on Earth will be advertising 5G as the best thing since sliced bread. Don't believe the hype. For the near future, if you can buy a 4G version of a phone, you probably should.
     
  2. mkk

    mkk [H]Lite

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    Oh 5G will be fine, in a mere five-six years from now.
     
  3. viscountalpha

    viscountalpha 2[H]4U

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    Depends on what you need. Some people actually needed 5g speeds yesterday. Some people have more money then sense.
     
  4. Mega6

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    I can buy a Ray Tracing video card to go with my 5G then too.
     
  5. viper1152012

    viper1152012 [H]ard|Gawd

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    I don't know. Mine is 5g now and the battery id's great
     
  6. Mega6

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    getting a good 5G signal, huh?
     
  7. ManofGod

    ManofGod [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I am not buying a smart phone until my Essential Phone dies. Either that or cannot be used anymore. So, my phone should be good until at least 2022.

    I would rather build a computer with the money.
     
  8. Shadowed

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    Meanwhile the 2G rollout in my town is gonna start in a few years. Oh, what a time to be a alive.
     
  9. Dirty Butler

    Dirty Butler Limp Gawd

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    5G not working in rain is going to be great here in Oregon
     
  10. eclypse

    eclypse 2[H]4U

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  11. lightsout

    lightsout [H]ard|Gawd

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    Reminds me of this treat, battery dead by 10 AM. :D
     

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  12. Vercinaigh

    Vercinaigh Gawd

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    I've heard so can breathing, or living, yeah living certainly leads to dying.
     
  13. Mega6

    Mega6 2[H]4U

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    Link?
     
  14. Vercinaigh

    Vercinaigh Gawd

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    I don't think you need a link to figure it out my dude.
     
  15. Mega6

    Mega6 2[H]4U

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    Edit: thanks. Just checking.
     
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  16. tangoseal

    tangoseal [H]ardness Supreme

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    They won't listen. Your wasting precious oxygen. Mouth breathers consume vast amounts of atmosphere.
     
  17. viper1152012

    viper1152012 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Don't be ridiculous .

    But if I drop from 88% to 50% battery at the end of the day for gigabit or better speeds I won't cry.

    Besides I got this equipment for an amazing deal. So having 5g early isn't a boon
     
  18. Mega6

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    I’d wait for the 5G infrastructure before reviewing.
     
  19. repoman0

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    If a few milliwatts of RF on every lamppost scares you, I’d suggest staying inside in the dark because that 1.3kW/m^2 from the sun must be a nightmare.
     
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  20. babochee

    babochee Gawd

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    Whenever it does come T Mobile is going to do it right.
     
  21. Mega6

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    Yep, iPhone 8 doesn’t receive the 71 band T owns and the LTE signal sux from them as my phone is only partially compatible. Newest models do. Had to get an AT&T / Verison sim for two bars instead of one or none. Bottom line Do your research as different carriers own different bands. The 71 spec pushed out after the iPhone 8 was finalized. We are in the middle of reallocating old tv broadcast bands to cell. Using straighttalk and an unlocked phone allowed me to change the carrier via sim change for a buck. Straight talk leases signaling from multiple companies.
     
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  22. Rathor

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    If you buy a 4G phone in 2018 you are an idiot! Just no one buy a phone till 2020/2022
     
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    Figure my iPhone X should last me til 2021-hopefully have the bugs ironed out by then.
     
  24. eclypse

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    I'd expect apple would make sure you'd want to upgrade load before then with there awesome os updates that will cripple the phone.. gota keep that stock price up somehow when people don't normally want to upgrade every year.