Hopping on to 5G? Here are some of the good (and bad) things about it
August 25, 2019
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5G sure is fast, but there’s always a catch.

You may have probably heard about the implementation of 5G in the UAE particularly through local operators Etisalat and Du. At the moment, 5G is already live in the UAE, though there is a slow rollout on places where it is accessible. 5G, of course, is an evolution of 4G, which can offer faster data transmission of up to 10 Gbps. If you’re on a 5G network, downloads will complete in seconds and it will allow you to stream 4K videos without any delay.

But just like any other new technology, there are a couple of pros and cons that come with it:

Pros

It’s fast – We already mentioned that 5G is fast, but go to YouTube and check all those 5G tests they’ve done in the UAE, you’re basically getting speeds that are even faster than most home Wi-Fi networks. It’s so fast that even local carriers are offering 5G modems that you can use instead of the usual broadband line because well, it’s fast.

Powerful smartphones support it – While there aren’t that many 5G-enabled smartphones, manufacturers made sure that their latest and greatest flagships are the one to get the 5G treatment. Smartphones like the Huawei Mate X, Samsung Galaxy S10+, OnePlus 7T, and the ZTE Axon 10 Pro all have 5G versions. This means that whatever 5G smartphone you get, it’s sure to be one of the best performing devices.

Cons

Rollout will take a while – Despite the introduction of 5G in the UAE, only a few spots in the city are supported at the moment. Rollout is ongoing, but don’t expect it to be in each corner of Dubai or Abu Dhabi in the next couple of months.

5G devices are still expensive – Additionally, devices equipped with a 5G modem tend to cost a lot more than the standard smartphone – upwards of 3,500 AED or more. Additionally, these smartphones are the first-generation 5G devices, so don’t expect it to be perfect.

Data usage will be crazy – Since 5G is faster, there’s a good chance that you’ll burn through your data allowance in no time. This could be a problem for users who have a set mobile limit.

Much like how 4G LTE was introduced a couple of years ago, 5G will eventually be a new standard in data connections and by that time there should be more devices that support it along with data plans that won’t kill your bank account.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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