Should You Buy 4G or 5G Phone in 2021

2022 has begun, but the biggest question of 2021 will bother people equally this year. The question is, Should you buy a 4G or 5G phone in 2022 in India?

Smartphone brands are launching 5G phones every other day in India. They are using terms like ‘Futuristic 5G phone with x number of bands’. 

It seems like the end of the world without a 5G phone. But the question is, Do you really need to buy a 5G phone in 2022 in India?

  • What if you buy a 4G phone in 2022?
  • What if your budget is limited, and you can’t spend much to buy a proper 5G phone?
  • Is it worth buying a 4G phone in 2022?

The most important question is, Will this society accept you with a 4G phone in hand?

To be honest, we don’t care about society, and you shouldn’t either. 

What we care about is guiding you to invest your money in the right phone.

So, Should you buy a 4G or 5G phone in 2022 in India? Here is everything you need to know.

Why people are crazy for 5G

After buying a new phone, the trending question that is being asked is, Is your phone 5G

Everyone knows 5G doesn’t work as of now in India, but still, people are getting too excited about it.

But why is this happening? Why are people preferring 5G smartphones even when the 5G doesn’t even exist as of now?

The answer is the brand’s Ads. Every smartphone brand is heavily advertising their smartphones as future-proof 5G phones. No matter if it makes sense or not, but they keep doing it and advertising it.

In the current situation, brands know the craze of people towards 5G, and hence, they are giving more 5G bands to boost their sales.

Because the brands are promoting 5G, people are thinking twice before buying a 4G phone. That’s why people are getting excited for 5G for no reason.

Is it worth buying a 5G phone now in India?

Is It worth Buying a 5G Phone

It’s 2022, and the 5G phones are launching every few days. But the actual question is, Is it worth buying a 5G phone now in India?

The answer is Yes and No. 5G is going to take at least one year to work properly all across the country.

So if you buy a phone now, especially for 5G, then you are paying for a feature that you can’t use for at least a year.

Reason to buy a 5G phone

There is only one reason to buy a phone, especially for 5G. The reason is timeline. If you are going to use your phone for more than two-three years, then you can buy a 5G phone.

If you are a person who doesn’t change smartphones frequently and keeps using one phone for 2-3 years, then it’s worth buying a 5G phone now.

But here is a fun fact.

4G was launched in 2008, but major telecom companies like Airtel launched their 4G network in 2012. 

Until 2016, most people had never used 4G. It took eight years for people to use this network, and that’s because of Jio.

So, if 5G gets launched by the end of 2022, it’s still going to take a few years to work properly all across the country.

Now suppose you buy a phone just because of 5G and plan to use it for more than two years.

Now what?

If 5G starts to work in your location after a year, then you still can’t use the feature for which you have bought the phone for at least a year.

One year has passed, and then? Are 5G plans going to be cheaper? Absolutely not.

If 5G plans are going to be expensive, then most people won’t even use it even if they have a 5G phone. Then what’s the point of buying a 5G phone? Just think for a moment.

Note: These are all possibilities. Depending on an individual, the usage of 5G may vary. Some may use 5G, and some may not.

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Double-check the 5G bands before buying any 5G phone

If you have made up your mind to buy a 5G phone, then please double check the bands first.

Some brands are fooling people by providing one or two 5G bands. 

Whenever 5G is going to launch, there is less probability that 5G is going to work properly on such phones because of the band limitations.

How many bands does your 5G phone should have?

If the 5G phone you are going to buy has 5 to 7 bands, then there are very high chances that it’s going to work perfectly with 5G in future.

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Is it worth buying a 4G phone now in India?

Is It worth Buying a 4G Phone

Yes, it’s absolutely worth buying a 4G phone in India in 2022. If you buy a 4G phone, then you will use all the features of a phone.

The older 4G processor, like Snapdragon 845, is still powerful enough to run any application.

The best thing about buying a 4G phone is that you aren’t compromising on features.

Many companies have launched good 4G phones, but their 5G variants are just garbage.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is an excellent smartphone under 20k, but the Note 11 Pro 5G is just an average phone. It isn’t a significant upgrade over the Note 10 Pro, but it has 5G.

Just for the sake of 5G, companies are skimping on many features, especially in the budget segment.

In the flagship territory, things are working fine. You will get 5G as well as all the features without any compromise.

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Should You Buy 4G or 5G Phone in 2022?

See, we aren’t saying you should never buy a 5G phone now in 2022. All we are saying is, don’t put 5G as your main priority.

Instead of 5G, other useful features should be your main priority. Other features like camera, processor, display, battery life should be on the top of your priority list.

No matter a 4G or 5G phone offers these features. If these features are what you need, then buy that smartphone and live happily with it.

If you are looking for a premium phone, then you can simply go with a 5G phone because flagship phones don’t have such issues.

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Will 4G stop after 5G in India? Will 4G be discontinued?

It is the biggest fear why people are forcing themselves to buy a 5G phone. But do you really need to worry if you buy a 4G phone today?

Let’s make it clear with an example.

There is a company ‘A’ that launches a 5G smartphone under 20k and heavily advertises it as a 5G phone with 5-10 bands.

Later, the same company ‘A’ launches a budget 4G smartphone under 12k, and keeps quiet about 5G.

Will that newly launched budget 4G phone stop working after the launch of 5G? If yes, then why did that company launch a 4G phone if it’s going to stop working.

The company launched it because they know 4G will keep working without any problem for years.

It was just one example, but in reality, almost every company is doing the same.

What we want to say is, don’t be afraid about it. 4G isn’t going anywhere, at least for 5-6 years or maybe more.

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Why brands heavily advertise their phone as 5G?

We all know that the 5G isn’t going to work anytime sooner. The brands also know the same. Then why brands are heavily advertising their phones as 5G?

The answer is chipset. Qualcomm/MediaTek is making their new processors with an in-build 5G modem. It means the 5G is integrated with the processor itself.

A smartphone company can’t remove the 5G modem. So when a company buys processors from Qualcomm or MediaTek, they have to pay extra because of the 5G modem.

Basically, smartphone companies are forced to buy a processor with 5G. It doesn’t matter if 5G is available or not.

Further, these companies are doing the same with customers. They are selling phones with 5G, no matter if it’s working or not.

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FAQs

Will 5G phones be expensive?

Yes, 5G phones are more expensive than 4G phones. But 5G isn’t everything that affects the cost. Other features like cameras, display, battery, the design also matter when pricing a phone.

Companies are trying their best to keep the cost lower. In return for that, you would have to compromise on specs, like build quality, cameras, or processor.

There are a lot of inexpensive 5G phones in the market that have compromised the specs just for the sake of 5G.

When 5G will launch in India?

In December 2020, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani revealed that Jio 5G will be launching in India in the second half of 2021.

Now, 2021 has passed, and we see no sign of 5G yet. It has to be seen when Reliance will make 5G available in the Indian market.

There is a strong possibility that you see 5G signals by the end of 2022.

Does 5G phones support 4G?

Yes, all the 5G phones will support 4G. It’s just similar to a 4G phone that supports 3G and 2G.

Similar to it, a 5G phone will support 4G without any doubt.

So, Should You Buy 4G or 5G Phones in 2022? We are sure you know the answer now.

If you still have any doubt in your mind, then feel free to ask in the comments. We would love to help you in this regard.

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62 Comments

  1. Best Phone with Good Camera & Snapdragon Processor of 7 Series Under 25000/- with good Specifications.
    & One more thing Mediatek Dimensity Processor is Better than Snapdragon 7 Series Processor?

    Please Suggest
    Anupam Saxena

    1. For a great camera, you can check the Galaxy A52. But it comes with a Snapdragon 720G CPU which isn’t the most powerful CPU in the segment.
      You can also check the Samsung Galaxy M52 5G, which comes with good cameras and the best CPU Snapdragon 778G.
      Mediatek CPUs are giving very tough competition to Snapdragon. These CPUs are very close to Snapdragon, if not better. You can go with MediaTek smartphones, and for that, the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G is a good camera phone and may suit your needs.

  2. Which phone is best to buy Moto g52 as it has poled display, the perfect display at this price range, and has stock android, or the Realme 9 pro which has a 5g band and a better chipset.

    1. Both the smartphones are good on their own. If the camera isn’t your highest priority then buy the Moto G52. Else, the Realme 9 Pro is also a good option.

  3. The article was really Informative. Could you help me out in finalizing among samsung F23, samsung M33, Moto G60 and Moto edge 20 fusion.

  4. Which is a best Motorola phone or One plus… phone should I bye under 20/22 k as if now it’s May 2022 ,& i confused about buying a new phone

    1. Motorola is the best in software. But the camera is the weakest point of these phones. OnePlus offers an overall good package.
      At 22k, there is no good phone from OnePlus, but at 24k, you can get OnePlus Nord 2 CE which is a good phone overall.
      But, if the camera isn’t your main priority, then buy the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion.

  5. Please suggest me a value for money 5g phone under 20k.?????
    :) One more request!
    I have seen Poco x4 pro phone that has recently launched …I have a deep question that is stopping me to buy it… I have seen many review of poco x3 pro becoming dead after only 5 to 6 months of usage.
    ****Do all poco phones are worst?
    Suggest me another VALUE FOR MONEY PHONE THAT HAVE SOME CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF 5G BANDS….

    1. We have Poco F1 and Poco M3 Pro. Both the smartphones are working just fine. Some units of Poco X3 Pro could have such issues, but we have never faced such with Poco phones. So it’s not an issue with every Poco phone.
      Still, if you are concerned about Chinese phones, then you can go for Galaxy F23, which is a good camera phone and has 12 5G bands.

  6. Redmi note 11s or Redmi note 11T 5G
    Which is best if the 5G is set aside?
    Any other smartphone in 17000-17500/- (6/128)?

  7. hello
    can u sugggest me a good allrounder phone? i’m not a gamer. i just want a phone which is having a very good display, best camera, dual stereo speakers, good battery backup etc. Also my budget is around 15-16k.

      1. that would be costly. what about Redmi note 10 pro? initially it had good reviews but nowadays people are complaining a lot about it. Don’t know whether they are not making sets like before. Also my concern is that it is a one year old phone.
        Other than Redmi note 10 pro, any 5G non-gaming phone if you can suggest considering my preferences. Thank you for having patience to hear me out :)

        1. Other than the Note 10 Pro, it’s hard to find a phone that suits your needs perfectly. Every smartphone is getting expensive now. To keep the price under control, companies are skipping a lot of specs.
          Still, the Realme 9 5G can be another good option for you.

      1. Thank you for responding. I believe they will only offer in that price range(under 18K). However, what other phones are available for under 25K for everyday use? (durable, good camera, battery life, no gaming), also preferably non-Chinese.

        1. The Samsung Galaxy M52 5G is currently the best Non-Chinense phone under 25k. However, the M53 5G is going to launch on 22nd April. If it gets priced in the similar price range (1-2k extra), then you can also consider it.

          1. Thank you once more for your response. Will think about the Samsung M52 5G or M53 5G. Bloatware and needless preinstalled apps have been the reason I have stayed away from Chinese phones as well as Samsung. I’ve had Motorola and Asus phones, but my Asus phone is on its final legs, so I’m in the market for a new phone. I could have gone with the Asus 8z, but it’s not only out of my price range, and knowing it’s a 2021 phone with limited updates, it’s best to go with a newer model.

  8. Moto G71 (for 17k) or Realme 8 4g (for 11.5k), is it wise to increase my budget for Moto G71 as it has 5g; or shall I purchase Realme 8 4g and save money as of now?

      1. Sir I am confused to buy a phone with good camera quality and setup ,processor and features.
        Please suggest me which one should I buy- realme 9i
        Realme c35
        Vivo T1 5g (because of 5g and nice camera setup)
        Oppo k10

        Please reply I have to buy one phone within 1-2 days.

  9. Redmi Note 10T 5G 4GB/64GB for 9999.00 INR
    OR
    Redmi Note 10S 6GB/64GB for 10,999.00 INR

    After Bank offer in Flipkart Big Saving Days 13April2022.

    Please Suggest immediately. I already placed order for 2 Redmi Note 10s but I am thinking to cancel and order 10T 5G only because it has 5G and cheaper by 1000.00 (means I can save 2000.00 for 2 phones). Please suggest immediately 🙏

    PLEASE SUGGEST ONLY BETWEEN THESE TWO OPTIONS ONLY. ALSO CONSIDER ABOVE DISCOUNTED PRICES WHILE ANSWERING…

    1. The Redmi Note 10S is better than the Note 10T 5G in most regards. Note 10S doesn’t have 5G, but it has better cameras, a far better display, a fast charger, and a powerful processor.
      There are a lot of compromises on Note 10T just in the name of 5G.
      If you ask us, we still suggest the Note 10S over the Note 10T 5G.

      1. Redmi Note 10S (11k ine) Vs Redmi Note 10T 5G(10k inr) – Detailed Comparison
        Redmi Note 10s 4G (Vs Redmi Note 10T 5G)

        Amoled (Vs normal) and 33w (Vs18w) and quad camera (vs3 cam) , 64mp (vs48mp) and Ultra wide (vs No) , front 13mp (vs8mp) and dual stereo speaker (vs mono) and dedicated sd card alot (vs hybrid) and Ram 6gb (vs 4gb) and water resistant (vs No water resistant)

        Based on above paying 1k extra for Redmi Note 10s seems better than Redmi Note 10T 5G, just for 5G feature which will take 2-3 yr to be fully operational and might be costly than 4G also.

  10. An eye opener
    I had to choose between Redmi 10T 5G
    Poco M4 Pro
    Poco M4 Pro 5G

    Pls suggest – i guess your answer is Poco M4 pro

  11. I’m confused between pixel 4a and moto edge 20 .
    My main reqmt : light weight phone .

    I’m worried that Motorola updates are slower and might not get any updates sooner.

    Which one would u recommend?

    TIA

    1. The weight difference between both phones is only 20grams, which isn’t that noticeable. But still, Pixel 4a is a great option. If you are okay with a slightly smaller battery life, then go for it.

  12. hi, my budget is 14k to 20k. can anyone recommend a best and cheap mobile and it should be a unlockable mode(in terms of countrylock) my preference is camera and procesor and ram must be 6GB or above. Thank you :)

  13. Everyone telling that Poco x2 is to old now.
    What can I do.
    I want best camera , processor .
    Poco x2 is now 15000 in market

  14. My question to Best Part team. My main priority is camera and multi tasking which will be better in these phones. I will use phones for minimum 3-4 years
    Redmi note 10S
    Redmi note 10 pro
    Realme 9 5G
    Budget is Max 15k..

    1. Redmi Note 10 Pro is still a better phone in terms of cameras. Realme 9 5G has a slightly powerful CPU, but when we consider the overall phone, the Note 10 Pro is better.

      1. Pixel 3XL is hard to ignore, even in 2022. Its camera is still better than many smartphones with 3-4 cameras. But Pixel 3XL is in the last stages of getting software updates, and the battery life is slightly on the lesser side. If you are okay with these, it’s still a great phone.

      1. The Note 11 Pro isn’t that exciting. In fact, its camera seems to be a downgrade. The Note 10 Pro is still a better value phone.
        The SAMSUNG Galaxy F23 5G is a good phone but lacks an AMOLED display. If you are fine with an IPS LCD panel, then buy the Galaxy F23 and save some money.

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