It is now officially confirmed that the OnePlus 9 Series Smartphones supports only two 5G bands in India.
If you are an existing owner of any of the OnePlus 9 series smartphones i.e. OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus 9, and OnePlus 9R or if you are looking to buy one of the OnePlus 9 series smartphones considering its 5G support then this article is for you.
OnePlus recently has confirmed that its 9 series smartphones will support only two 5G bands i.e. N78 and N41 and will not get support for any additional 5G bands.
Let me explain to you the meaning of this.
Why OnePlus 9 series might not support 5G services in India?
The Indian Government recently has allowed select telecom operators to take part in non-commercial 5G trials in India. Hence, The telecom operators haven’t revealed yet in which band they are going to roll out their commercial 5G services. If the telecom operators in India choose the N78 and N41 band then there is no worry for the OnePlus 9 series smartphone users but if the telecom operators choose any other 5G band then the OnePlus 9 series smartphones might not be able to use 5G services in India. Speculations are the commercial 5G rollout will happen in the month of June or July in India.
OnePlus 9 Series Smartphone to support only two 5G bands in India – Officially Confirmed
Earlier, some reports say the company might add support for more 5G bands via the OTG update but the company itself has confirmed to many users on twitter that due to hardware limitation the OnePlus 9 series smartphones will not support additional 5G bands.
List of 5G bands OnePlus 9 Series Smartphones are using
As I mentioned above the OnePlus 9 series contains three smartphones – OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus 9, and OnePlus 9R. Out of these three smartphones, OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro supports both the 5G bands i.e. N78 and N42, however, the later OnePlus 9R supports only the N78 5G band which is the fastest among the two. The N78 5G Band is also referred as 3.5GHz band which is most likely to be rolled out by the telecom operators in India. The N41 5G Band, on the other hand, is referred as 2.5GHz band. Both the N41 and N78 5G bands are also used in 3G and 4G networks.
To cut down the manufacturing cost, the Indian version of OnePlus 9 Pro supports only two 5G bands, however, if we look at its US version then it supports more 5G bands i.e. (N1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78).
Currently, In India the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S21 supports 13 5G bands. The same is the case with Apple’s iPhone 12 models. Seems like that’s the reason why these premium smartphones cost more.