Will your smartphone support it?

Jio recently announced plans to operate on 5G SA (standalone) networks. This is great news because 5G SA will not be tethered to the boundaries of the existing 4G network, which NSA (non-standalone) 5G relies on. However, the question consumers need to ask is whether all of these “5G” smartphones available at various price points today will support Jio’s SA 5G implementation.

The most popular brands in India are now offering a range of 5G smartphones which are marketed to be future proof with support for the next generation network. However, one of the often overlooked items here is support for 5G bands. To use 5G effectively, in various parts of the country where coverage may fluctuate, your 5G phone must support more 5G bands.

Jio will work on n3, n5, n28, n77 and n78 bands. However, the 5G bands themselves can be divided into NSA and SA bands, which as their names suggest will support both NSA and SA networks on a particular device. Here’s a brand-by-brand overview of some popular phones and whether they will support SA networks.

Xiaomi, Redmi and Poco

Popular Xiaomi, Redmi and Poco smartphones that support 5G support 5G SA and 5G NSA bands. Xiaomi says these phones will receive an OTA update for SA band support, after which the phones will support Jio’s 5G networks.

“While most of our smartphones are NSA-ready, we have scheduled OTA update deployments in a phased manner to ensure SA support. To ensure an unimpeded experience, most smartphones in our wallet will be functional with SA mode compatibility very soon through timely updates,” Xiaomi said in a statement to indianexpress.com.

This includes Xiaomi phones ranging from the Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G to the Xiaomi 12 Pro. In the Redmi series, phones like the Redmi K50i 5G and Redmi Note 11T 5G will also support SA networks. Poco phones from M4 5G to X4 Pro 5G also support NSA and SA networks.

Although the new Poco F4 5G doesn’t mention SA or NSA networks on its specs page, we expect the value flagship phone to support SA networks.

real me

Realme has a wide range of 5G devices in India, and phones like the Realme 9i 5G mention both NSA and SA bands on the specs page. The same goes for mid-range phones like the Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G and Realme 9 Pro 5G. High-end phones like the Realme GT series also support NSA and SA network bands.

Realme has yet to reveal if its phones will directly support 5G SA networks, or if they will require an update to enable the same, similar to Xiaomi’s approach. That said, if the product page of your current or next Realme smartphone mentions both NSA and SA 5G support, your phone must be running Jio’s SA 5G network, including phones as old as the Realme Narzo 30 5G. . This information is still impossible for some Realme 5G phones, such as the Realme X7 5G.

OnePlus

Older OnePlus phones like the OnePlus 8 series and the first OnePlus Nord were 5G phones but criticized for offering support only for the n78 band in India. It’s unclear if phones like the OnePlus Nord 2020 can use Jio’s SA 5G network, as its Indian product page doesn’t mention NSA and SA support, but instead only lists the single n78 band. The same goes for the OnePlus Nord CE.

Meanwhile, the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro still support the n78 band. But the page mentions that “5G n78 can work in both SA and NSA mode” on the product page. Newer phones like the OnePlus 9 series support two 5G bands – n41 and n78, both of which will support 5G SA and NSA. However, since Jio will not work on the n41 band, Jio users using OnePlus 9-series phones will still be stuck with the n78 band alone.

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G and Nord CE 2 5G will support multiple 5G, SA, and NSA bands, and while the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite also supports multiple bands, the only one that will work with Jio’s SA network is the band n78.

OnePlus 10 series users will happily have a better time with Jio’s 5G network, as phones like the OnePlus 10 Pro, OnePlus 10R, and OnePlus 10T will support multiple 5G bands including n3, n5, and n78.

Apple

Apple started adding 5G support to its lineup with the iPhone 12 series. So if you’re wondering if your iPhone 11 or older iPhone SE will run 5G, the answer is no. But the whole iPhone 12 and 13 series supports many 5G bands, all listed as 5G NR bands.

While support for 5G SA networks is likely on iPhones, we currently have no confirmation on how Apple will implement the same. The iPhone 13 series supports SA 5G, and this is also mentioned by other websites of global telecommunications companies around the world that highlight the list of 5G devices. But with the iPhone 12 series, it is unclear if SA 5G is supported in India. For example, a Singapore-based telecommunications company mentions that the iPhone 12 series does not support SA 5G. But we also know that Apple added SA 5G support for the iPhone 12 series in the US for T-Mobile networks in June last year. So, a similar update might be making its way to India as well.

Nothing

The Nothing Phone (1) also supports multiple 5G bands, both NSA and SA, and can support Jio’s standalone 5G network.

Samsung

Samsung phones support multiple 5G bands, from the low-end 5G M13 to the Galaxy S22 series. However, Samsung’s product pages, much like Apple’s, do not specifically list support for NSA/SA bands at this time. This doesn’t tell us if Samsung’s phones will directly support SA networks or if they’ll need an OTA update to get the same.

Oppo

Oppo’s entry-level 5G phones, such as the Oppo A53s 5G, have few 5G bands, but support NSA and SA networks. Meanwhile, some devices like Oppo K10 5G and A74 5G do not mention support for SA/NSA bands.

Some phones, like the Oppo F19 Pro+, only support N78 and N41 bands in SA mode. SA/NSA band support is not explicitly mentioned for several other devices, such as the Oppo 5 Pro, Reno 6, Reno 7 Pro, and Reno 8 series. The Reno 7 5G is the only Reno series phone that mentions support for SA and NSA networks.

Long live

The Vivo T1 Pro supports both NSA and SA bands, as do most newer Vivo phones like the V25 Pro and X80 series. The latter’s product page also indicates that a software update may be deployed to enable support for SA networks. This is true for some older 5G phones, such as the Vivo Y72. The phone page mentions that an OTA update will bring support for SA 5G.

iQOO

iQOO does not explicitly mention SA/NSA band support for most of its devices, including newer phones like the iQOO 9T, iQOO Neo 6, and iQOO Z6 Pro 5G. The same goes for older phones like the iQOO 7, which only supports the n78 band, but doesn’t mention any SA/NSA clarifications.

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