5G phones in India started launching in early 2020 even though 5G services have not been rolled out in the country yet. In 2021, we are starting to see 5G phones get cheaper and cheaper. Realme has been leading the way when it comes to bringing affordable 5G phones in the country. Earlier this year, the company launched the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G, which is currently the cheapest 5G phone in the market. With 5G-enabled phones now available under Rs 20,000, there are plenty of options for consumers. There are a few reasons why you should not buy a 5G phone in India right now, but there are equally compelling reasons to buy. Here are five reasons why you should buy a cheap 5G phone in the country.
Stay future-ready without paying a premium
It used to be that owning a 5G phone meant paying a premium. In early 2020, 5G phones in India were priced upwards of Rs 30,000. Things are different now in 2021 with 5G phones available for as low as Rs 16,999. The benefit of owning a 5G device is that it is ready for when 5G services are deployed. You can stay rest assured that the 5G phone you have right now will be able to utilise the increased download and upload speeds that 5G promises to deliver.
5G services will start rolling out soon
Telcos like Airtel and Reliance Jio are optimistic that 5G services will launch in India in the second half of 2021. Jio claims it has created a complete 5G solution from scratch. Back in October, the telco announced it achieved 1Gbps throughput on the Reliance Jio 5GNR solution. Airtel has also revealed it is ready to launch 5G services in the next few months. All of this to say that with 5G services expected to launch in mere months now, it seems like a good time to pick up a 5G phone if you are in the market.
Cheap 5G phones available with good hardware
An affordable 5G phone does not necessarily mean it comes with compromises. Take a phone like the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G, which not only offers an impressive MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset but also a smooth 120Hz display, a 5,000mAh battery, and 30W fast charging. We also have the Mi 10i that comes in at Rs 20,999. At this price, the phone offers specifications like the Snapdragon 750G, 108MP camera, a 120Hz display, and more. Despite launching with 5G chipsets, these phones do not come with underwhelming hardware and are among the best phones (both 4G and 5G) in the market right now.
Buying a cheap 5G phone makes it easier to upgrade
There is an argument that investing in a 5G phone right now makes little sense considering proper 5G rollout won’t happen for at least a couple of years. We agree to this which is why it makes more sense in investing in an affordable 5G phone rather than buying a premium one. This way, it won’t hurt you when you have to upgrade to a newer 5G handset in a year or two.
Lots of options available already
Unlike last year where there were only a few high-end 5G phones available, this year sees a lot more choices for the Indian consumers. 5G phones are now available starting at Rs 16,999, and we expect to see even cheaper devices launch in the months to come. Realme Narzo 30 Pro, Realme X7, Moto G 5G, Mi 10i, OnePlus Nord, and OPPO F19 Pro+ are among the cheapest 5G phones you can buy in India right now.