The new standard for network connectivity has existed for several years. 2019 should be the year in which next generation connectivity becomes a reality thanks to the diffusion of new smartphones with 5G support, but will it really be? I really doubt it…
Hardware Is Expensive
The first obstacle that the new technology will have to face to achieve greater diffusion is quite obvious. 5G smartphones are expensive, very expensive. The new Galaxy S10 5G almost certainly exceed the threshold of 1,000 euros, while the Huawei alternative, which is not limited to 5G connectivity, exceeds 2,000 euros.
Only Xiaomi, for the moment, has been able to show a smartphone equipped with 5G antennas at a competitive price. This is because the Chinese company has simply launched a variant of an existing smartphone, the Mi MIX 3, updating its technical specifications.
Who will be willing to offer so much to be the first to test the fifth generation mobile network?
High Battery Consumption
Some of the recently announced 5G smartphones have large batteries. The Galaxy S10 in the 5G version has even 4,500 mAh. Most, on the contrary, use normal batteries with a capacity that does not exceed the average, like the Mi MIX 3 5G and its 3,300 mAh.
This could be a big problem for the first generation of 5G smartphones. The new network connectivity, at this moment, has a considerable energy consumption and, judging from the results of the resistance of the current smartphones, I doubt we can reach the night safely while we remain connected to the next generation network.
Virtually Non-existent Infrastructure
The clear things. Although operators want to “give us a drink” with pilot projects or experiments with video calls or video broadcasts in the 5G network, the structure necessary to make 5G available in most of the territory does not yet exist. Only the largest cities are already equipped with new generation antennas, most of the country will have to wait months (if not years) before they can enjoy the new technology.
Do you remember how long it took from the arrival of 4G to the market until you were able to use it anywhere? This is a misleading question because 4G is still not available everywhere, gaps in the territory are present for all network operators. Of course, 100% coverage is perhaps utopian and impossible. Anyway, before the 5G network can be used by most users, it will take a long time …
Telephone Contracts Will Be Expensive
That’s right. If the launch of the 5G is compared with that of the LTE network, the contracts proposed by the operators will initially be extremely expensive. As if the non-existent network coverage was no longer an obstacle to the adoption of 5G, you will have to pay a considerable extra to be able to project yourself in the future.
These contracts do not exist yet, but I have serious doubts about whether access to the new networks will be guaranteed to all users. Interested users must enter into special contracts.
It will also be interesting to observe the behavior of the different operators with respect to data traffic. If you think that 50 GB of mobile data is a lot, imagine the traffic that can be generated under a 5G network. The high data transmission speeds are capable of exhausting even the most generous telephone contracts in a very short time if attention is not paid. Probably, along with the 5G tariffs, contracts with many more GB for navigation or even flat rates will also be launched and these will certainly not cheap.
Is Better to Wait
It sounds like stupid advice, but I think it’s better to wait before getting into the 5G car. Making an expensive telephone contract just to test a network that is probably not even available in most places you visit every day might not be a good idea.
Even investing a considerable amount in a 5G compatible device is not a good idea. Before the network becomes widespread enough to be used correctly, many other smartphones will see the light and the necessary components for 5G connectivity will be cheaper by lowering the prices of the products.
In addition, the SoC and antenna technology will continue to improve, reducing energy consumption and improving reliability, which is one more reason to wait a little longer before getting caught up in the 5G craze.
What do you think? Can not you see the time to buy a 5G smartphone, or like me, would you rather wait?