5G technology. Everyone is hyped up about 5G technology and the crazy data speeds it would come with, even the NCC Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) approved tests for the 5G spectrum in Nigeria but the question is this – Is Nigeria Ready For 5G technology ?
I know all the paid marketing platforms has been heating up considerably over the past few weeks, pushing out different spectacular theories on how 5G is going to change the way we work, live, and copulate.(Again, at least one of those items is my own nonsensical creation, but I’d argue that all of them are equally absurd.)
I’ll tell you this, you can safely ignore all these regardless of who or what is saying anything about it. So as an ardent lover of tech. I strongly advise you observe from a distance with a hot cup of cappuccino and box of chocolates for now without investing an ounce of your own money or mobile tech energy in the effort.
Let’s get to the reasons
5G Technology Is A Short Range Network Spectrum And Very Limited
If you remember clearly 4G only started functioning in Nigeria around 2015-2016 when it was available in other parts of the world for years. It was like a dream come true before it dawned on us that we have one of the slowest 4G speeds in the world. Globacom even had to put their bandwidth on one that isn’t available on most devices to make sure their 4G doesn’t slow down as much as their 2G masked as 3G.
No matter how much our network providers might hype it, 5G is going to be extraordinarily limited in real-world application in Nigeria right now in 2019 unless it’s limitations are actually fixed before launch in Nigeria
Unlike 4G that signals can be received from over 30 miles, 5G cannot go more than a mile and if you’re in a building it’s very likely the speeds would drop drastically. For 5G to work in Nigeria their needs to be multiple network towers and the only logical way to have that is to fix them on electricity poles just like Verizon is doing in the United States but this is Nigeria, there’s an adept lack of maintenance culture.
I can’t count the number of things that could go horribly wrong here if those towers are mounted on electric poles, be my guest and help out with a list.
Also the nature of these new 5G towers is raising fresh concerns over cancer risks, We don’t have a functional health care system here. So until there’s assurance from network providers and it is verified that it’s safe for use, those towers shouldn’t be mounted 3m close to anybody’s house
5G Network is Horribly Expensive
You know how data finishes extremely quickly on 4G especially on MTN, on 5G you can finish your data bundle within 30 seconds, ignoring all the limitations.
Network providers are willing to do anything to make more money, who wouldn’t anyway… 5G technology just happens to be a perfect way to charge customers more money something I know won’t go down well with many Nigerians.
The phones that support 5G don’t come cheap either. Samsung’s 5G S10 variant costs almost $1000. Keeping 5G services a premium service that’s not going to be available for everyone unless we end up getting affordable phones from brands like Xiaomi that support 5G.
Possible Lack Of Cross Carrier Compatibility
I’m talking about this with information based on countries that already have 5G being tested. Now unlike 3G or 4G that have bands supported by a wide range of smartphones. 5G isn’t going to give us that luxury. We know our network providers go mad once in a while and we can easily switch to another SIM easily but 5G might just make us change that. Carriers in the United States are adopting their own personal 5G standards and I believe other networks in the world might do the same.
Unless there’s a certain 5G standard each network provider here would use. You would end up stuck with a device that supports only one network’s 5G band.
Don’t Buy The iPhone SE In Nigeria Until You Read This
So the iPhone SE 2020 was announced a couple of weeks ago and the reviews were pretty interesting considering how the “fruit” company prices their products. Don’t get me wrong if I say Apple is the only fruit company that doesn’t sell fruits, no hard feelings iSheeps .
iPhone SE 2020 Release Date
Let’s be honest, ever since the coronavirus outbreak many people around the world have been laid off. You can picture the recent issue with Access Bank Nigeria here, and the same is happening all around the world. The new iPhone SE costs about $399 (That’s roughly around N175,000) which I’ll say is quite a lot in this part of the world considering the situation we’re in.
You get the drift right. In general I expect that most people here would prefer to pay for food to put on the table instead of buying a new phone like in some parts of the world. But the second-generation iPhone SE starts at $399 and in the US, some individuals might have the feeling of being “rich” after receiving their stimulus check from the government.
Eligible individuals will receive up to $1,200 and an additional $500 for each qualifying child. So all it takes is an extra payment for one child to afford either the 64GB model ($399) or the 128GB variant ($449).
The 256GB model is priced at $549. With the global economy possibly heading into recession, we would expect to see consumers holding on to their current smartphones for longer than they usually do.
Nevertheless, Please don’t get a new phone till this is over, not the iPhone SE 2020 unless it’s totally necessary if you are in any part of the world, whether you’re receiving stimulus packages or not. Get some food and stay indoors.
By the way the iPhone SE ships on May 13th, just keep that in mind.
iPhone SE 2020 Quick Specifications
- Display Type: Retina IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Display Size: 4.7-inches, (65.4% screen-to-body ratio)
- Resolution: 750 x 1334 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio
- Multi-Touch: Yes, up to 10 fingers
- Network Support – 2G,3G,4G
- RAM – 3GB
- Internal Memory: 64GB/128GB/256GB
- Operating System: iOS 13
- Chipset – A13 Bionic Chip
- Rear ( 12-megapixel, f/1.8, (wide)
- Features: Video, Pictures, Dual-LED dual-tone, HDR
- Videos: Stereo sound rec, HDR, OIS, [email protected]/60/120/240fps, [email protected]/30/60fps
- Single: 7-megapixel, f/2.2
Features: Video, Picture, Panorama, Face detection, HDR
Videos: gyro-EIS, [email protected]
- Type: Non-removable
- Capacity: 1821mAh Li-Ion
- Fast Charging: Yes, 18W, 50% in 30 min
- Qi Wireless charging: Yes
- 3.5mm jack: No
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, (front-mounted)
- WIFI: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Hotspot, dual-band
- NFC: Yes
- FM Radio: No
- USB: 2.0, proprietary reversible connector
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
- Bluetooth: v5.0, A2DP, LE
Vivo announces Exynos processor smartphone with 5G connection up to 3.55Gbps
Vivo presented today during an event in China, its new smartphone Vivo X30. This smartphone stands out thanks to the presence of the Exynos 980 processor, the first to support dual-mode 5G (SA / NSA). Support for both 5G ‘bands’ will allow you to achieve better performance with regard to mobile internet speed and stability.
In fact, the manufacturer promises impressive performance at speeds up to 3.55Gbps using 5G networks. As for the choice of the Exynos 980 processor, they had little choice, as this is the only chip in production that supports dual-mode 5G.
Unfortunately, during the announcement of the Vivo X30, the manufacturer did not disclose any further information about its specifications. It was just revealed that it will be marketed during December in China. They have also confirmed that it will reach several European markets that already have a stable 5G network.
Alleged Vivo X30 Specifications
Even though official information about the specifications of the Vivo X30 has not been revealed, there are already several leaks and rumors about this smartphone. So we already have a good idea of what you can offer users.
The Vivo X30 should come with a 6.5 “inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution, 90Hz refresh rate and built-in fingerprint reader. The Exynos 980 processor will be supported by up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal memory.
In the photographic segment, this smartphone will not disappoint either. It is believed that it will have a total of four cameras on its rear panel: 64MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP. Dedicated to selfies, will be a 32MP front camera.
It was also revealed that it will have a generous 4,500mAh battery with support for charging at 30W / 22.5W.
Despite being a mid-range smartphone (thanks to its processor), the Vivo X30 should have quite impressive specifications. As for its price, it is believed to be between € 410 and € 460.