To some, the 5G Network is supposed to be the beginning of the future and to others, it’s just another network upgrade that would be much faster than the one we’re currently seeing. But the question we keep asking ourselves is what is the 5G network anyway and why so much hype. It’s being a serious phenomenon since 2016 and had in fact led to series of trade war and geopolitical cold conflict even lawsuits between giant tech companies.
But whatever the 5G network, we’re certain it’s not going to doom us at least. With the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G already coming to the United States making it the first 5G smartphone in the country, there is a lot of eyebrow gazes about whether to switch completely to the much anticipated 5G smartphones and it’s network completely or just hang on with 4G smartphones for now. Whatever your question might be, we examine some of the top 5 most frequently asked questions about the 5G Network below.
1 Purchasing a 5G Smartphone in 2019 is a big NO!
Yeah, you red that right, do not purchase a 5G smartphone in 2019 just yet. The reason is because of the scarcity or bare existence of the network in few cities. Even those cities where the network is present barely work well and this requires the need to have a LTE upload speeds.
Or maybe you just want to completely purchase a 5G Smartphone because you need a smartphone right now but still thinking about if the device will not function as a complete 5G smartphone for years, the advise is not to jump to buying one just now. Not this year.
The reason I’d ask you to not buy a 5G smartphone in 2019 just yet is because this is it’s first generation and devices in this lineup are usually bad. Considering how imperfect the system still is for now, it’s definitely going to be a serious battery-sucking monster that heats up every now and then.
Let’s take the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G as an example, it costs a whooping $1,400 which is really pricey. But then what’s the need for such a big device that doesn’t serve it’s purpose or at least serves it horribly. It’s an investment that’s not worth it in any way or form.
Even if by December, the network suddenly spread all over the entire globe (Which can’t happen that fast) the chances that the modem inside your 5G smartphone in 2019 won’t be as good as the second or third generation of modems coming in next year’s 5G Smartphone will be better and more efficient in every ways possible.
But then even in the year 2020, the probability of a great 5G Smartphone isn’t very assuring just yet. The need to stick with the present day tech is a good advise that you won’t regret. But then, you risk blowing your cash into the flames of the 5G network and realizing there is nothing really specific just yet about it.
2. You might wonder why so much hype of the 5G Network then
It’s not really a Hype. It’s more of what the network can do and how it’s going to change the way we communicate forever. But still, there are other factors to consider which is the dwindling of smartphone sales in the United States and the tech industry is seeking a way of upgrading into a better solution that will enhance the smartphone and smart device market again.
But while that isn’t an official argument, a less cynical reason is how fast the 5G network with super slow-mo latency and that would be a big boost to amazing technologies even those we’ve never heard of before.
While this might seem like a new wave of innovation in our modern world today, there are companies out there waiting to make a big chunk of cash . While the 5G network might or might not be that new wave of innovation, we still think of it as an enabler into that world of Future.
While several companies are already promising heaven and earth on the 5G Network while completely under-performing in terms of the results we’re seeing, the gap between the full blown 5 and it’s early adoption means that it’s not yet worth the investment from the consumer point of view.
3. There are even reports about Apple, Qualcomm, Intel and 5G
While these companies are known to be giants in the tech industry with each building powerful hardware that powers devices to withstand strong tasks and work in any environment, the truth is that the way technology works these days and ages is very much more complex for the ordinary person to diffuse just easily.
Below are links to some findings that makes it easier to understand how these companies are approaching the 5G network wave of innovation and how they will of course benefit but in fact the general public will have to invest their pennies into their purse. Considering the fact that these companies are monopolies in their industry, then what would be the future. Maybe some new company might just spring out overnight and overtake them all, we don’t known if there is any yet.
- Qualcomm stands to gain a lot from 5G.
- Qualcomm was in a legal fight with Apple and asked it’s devices banned in some countries like China
- Carriers have hyped up 5G so much that it could feel like any phone that doesn’t have it in a couple of years is doomed.
- Apple had been pushing Intel to get 5G modems right so it could be less reliant on Qualcomm. It didn’t go well.
Should you connect those dots? Some of them, maybe! But probably not all of them. But to answer the question: those are all things that happened.
4. Let’s talk about US vs Huawei/China
Last year, the US government banned some Huawei smartphones in the country. So sad considering how far Huawei had gone. Some even said it’s because Huawei had overtaken Apple in the smartphone market and if you consider the fact that Apple is like drawing back a little bit from hardware products to software services, those assumption might stick well with you.
But let’s not forget to see the story from the US point of view as it alleges the Huawei company is too close to the Chinese government which might not be a great thing as far as the security of data is in the United States for those consuming the products from the Chinese giant. While smartphones and the 5G technology from Huawei is banned in the US, there are of course Huawe smartphones in the US just that carriers do not entirely support them. And majority of those selling them are Chinese vendors.
So considering the power of Huawei being a company that makes lots of telecommunication equipments used in networking infrastructures all around the world and even sells them way more at cheaper rates than it’s competitors. Their closeness to the Chinese government is assumed to be a serious security threat to vital information leak and hacks with so many accusations of doing so in the past but Huawei had denied those claims.
Does that mean you can definitely trust Huawei? That’s tough. Other countries are using the equipment, and lots of rural companies in the US would like to, too. The old “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” phrase applies here, especially since so many in the US government are pretty firm about not trusting Huawei. There’s also a whole other issue about extraditing Huawei’s CFO on charges related to fraud.
5. What’s with Foxconn’s factory in Wisconsin that has something to do with “AI 8K+5G”?
There was a report about the Foxconn company wanting to build a TV Factory in the United States which will help create jobs but then the plan changed and it’s in fact going to the complicated stage right now.
The whole deal is shady and the direction things are heading isn’t that bright. But then Foxconn admitted that it wasn’t building the factory in Wisconsin but rather would be creating jobs around the Hippest things happening in the tech sphere which makes us thing of it as being the 5G technology
Then, to make everybody feel better about this weird ever-changing deal, Foxconn bought a bunch of buildings but left them empty. (It said they weren’t empty, but they’re definitely empty.)