5G in India, 5G bands and supported smartphones | OrientBits

The fifth generation mobile network, 5G is a global standard for wireless networks that improves on the capabilities of 4G. 5G not only brings much faster connectivity speeds but also opens new use-cases in gaming, entertainment and other aspects thanks to its high bandwidth and low latency.

5G speeds can be up to 100 times faster than 4G speeds, allowing users to download feature-length movies in seconds and make use of more deeply connected technologies like Augmented Reality gaming.

The government had put on offer spectrum in 10 bands but received no bids for airwaves in 600 MHz, 800 MHz and 2300 MHz bands. About two-thirds of the bids were for the 5G bands (3300 Mhz and 26 GHz), while more than a quarter of the demand came in the 700 Mhz band – a band that had gone unsold in the previous two auctions (2016 and 2021).

In the auction conducted last year – that had lasted two days – Reliance Jio picked up spectrum worth Rs 57,122.65 crore, Bharti Airtel bid about Rs 18,699 crore, and Vodafone Idea bought spectrum worth Rs 1,993.40 crore.

This year, a total of 72 GHz (gigahertz) of radiowaves worth at least Rs 4.3 lakh crore was put on the block. The auction was held for spectrum in various low (600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 2500 MHz), mid (3300 MHz) and high (26 GHz) frequency bands.

Which smartphones support 5G?

To support 5G, a phone must have a 5G compatible processor. You can check if your device has a 5G processor by navigating to Settings/ About phone and checking the processor under the Hardware section. If you have a chip mentioned below, your phone will support 5G networks.

Qualcomm: Snapdragon 865, Snapdragon 865+, Snapdragon 870, Snapdragon 888, Snapdragon 888+, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
Snapdragon 695, Snapdragon 765/765G, Snapdragon 750/750G, Snapdragon 768/768G, Snapdragon 778/778G/778+

MediaTek: Entire MediaTek Dimensity series from Dimensity 700 to Dimensity 9000. MediaTek Helio-series and other series chipsets do not support 5G.

Samsung: Exynos 9820, Exynos 9825, Exynos 990, Exynos 2100, Exynos 2200

Here’s a list of all smartphones from the popular brands that support 5G networks, ahead of the rollout in India.

Apple – iPhone 12 series, iPhone 13 series, iPhone SE 2022

Samsung – Galaxy S-series (S20 and above), Galaxy S20 FE 5G, Galaxy S21 FE 5G, Select A-series, M-series models.

OnePlus – OnePlus 8-series, OnePlus 9 series, OnePlus 10-series, OnePlus Nord-series

Xiaomi – Xiaomi 12-series, Xiaomi 11-series, Mi 10-series, Redmi Note 11 Pro+, Redmi Note 11T, Redmi Note 10T

Poco – Poco F4 5G, Poco M4 5G, Poco M4 Pro 5G

Oppo – Reno 8 series, Reno 7 series, Reno 6 series, Select Oppo A-series, K-series, F-series phones

Vivo – V21, V21e, V23-series, T1-series, X60-series, X70-series, X80-series

iQOO – iQOO 9 series, iQOO 7-series, iQOO Z5, iQOO Z6, iQOO Z6 Pro

Realme – Realme GT series, Realme GT 2 series, Realme X7, Realme X7 Max, Realme X7 Pro, Realme Narzo 50 5G, Realme Narzo 30 5G, Realme 8/8s/8 Pro 5G, Realme 9/ 9 Pro 5G

Match your phone band to Uplink (MHz)

Most of the spectrum bought by Jio Airtel in the India are 33,00MHz and 700MHz (approx 3300 + 700 = 85% of the total and 26GHz 8-10%) phone have n77 and n78 which support 3300MHz and for 700MHz your phone should have(any one of these N83/N28/N29/N12/N14)

Band ƒ (MHz) Uplink (MHz) Downlink (MHz)
 n1 2100 1920 – 1980 2110 – 2170
n2 1900 1850 – 1910 1930 – 1990
n3 1800 1710 – 1785 1805 – 1880
n5 850 824 – 849 869 – 894
n7 2600 2500 – 2570 2620 – 2690
n8 900 880 – 915 925 – 960
n12 700 699 – 716 729 – 746
n14 700 788 – 798 758 – 768
n18 850 815 – 830 860 – 875
n20 800 832 – 862 791 – 821
n25 1900 1850 – 1915 1930 – 1995
n28 700 703 – 748 758 – 803
n29 700 N/A 717 – 728
n30 2300 2305 – 2315 2350 – 2360
n34 2100 2010 – 2025 N/A
n38 2600 2570 – 2620 N/A
n39 1900 1880 – 1920 N/A
n40 2300 2300 – 2400 N/A
n41 2500 2496 – 2690 N/A
n48 3500 3550 – 3700 N/A
n50 1500 1432 – 1517 N/A
n51 1500 1427 – 1432 N/A
n65 2100 1920 – 2010 2110 – 2200
n66 1700 1710 – 1780 2110 – 2200
n70 2000 1695 – 1710 1995 – 2020
n71 600 663 – 698 617 – 652
n74 1500 1427 – 1470 1475 – 1518
n75 1500 N/A 1432 – 1517
n76 1500 N/A 1427 – 1432
n77 3700 3300 – 4200 N/A
n78 3500 3300 – 3800 N/A
n79 4700 4400 – 5000 N/A
n80 1800 1710 – 1785 N/A
n81 900 880 – 915 N/A
n82 800 832 – 862 N/A
n83 700 703 – 748 N/A
n84 2100 1920 – 1980 N/A
n86 1700 1710 – 1780 N/A
n89 850 824 – 849 N/A
n90 2500 2496 – 2690 N/A
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