5G is the next generation of wireless technologies which will bring exponentially faster download/upload speeds, wider coverage and more stable connections. This year, we have seen many smartphones with 5G connectivity such as Mi 9 Pro 5G, LG V50 Thinq 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. But it is to be noted that these smartphones don’t support Dual Mode 5G. At present, there are only a few smartphones are available in the market with Dual Mode 5G support. So, you should always check before buying a 5G smartphone.
What is Dual Mode 5G?
Dual Mode 5G in simple words means support for both NSA(Non-Standalone Access) and SA(Standalone Access) 5G networks, which are two primary types of 5G network.
Currently, 5G NR is the global standard for 5G networks. And NSA and SA are the two primary methods for 5G network deployment. And if a device (in this case Smartphone) supports both of these deployment methods then it is called Dual Mode 5G supported device.
In layman’s terms, NSA or Non-Standalone Access is a 5G network type where operators upgrade their current 4G network infrastructure to provide more speed and higher data bandwidth. But NSA can’t greatly improve the latency which is very important for critical tasks like stock/currency trading, self-driving cars, etc.
On the other hand, SA or Standalone Access is the definition of true 5G network, where operators build 5G infrastructure dedicated to the 5G network. Which in return provide massive speed improvements and more importantly the latency(reduces the latency) of the network.
In India, we will not see Standalone Access or SA in the near future because all major operators are opting for NSA 5G network (Due to low cost of NSA network deployment).
Difference between Dual Mode 5G and Dual SIM 5G?
Dual Mode 5G means support for both NSA and SA 5G network type whereas Dual SIM 5G means support for 5G network in two SIM cards simultaneously. So, don’t get confused between the two-term.
Which Processors Support Dual Mode 5G?
We will see NSA and SA 5G network support on the next-generation chipsets. Qualcomm, the leading chipmaker will bring this network with its X55 modem. MediaTek has already announced that this network will support on its flagship Dimensity 1000 SoC. Samsung’s Exynos 990 has also enabled this network with its Exynos 5123 5G modem.
- Mediatek Dimensity 1000
- Huawei Kirin 990 5G
- Exynos 990
- Exynos 980
- Snapdragon 865 with X55 modem (Upcoming)
- Snapdragon 735 (Upcoming)
List of Phones with Dual Mode 5G Support
Are you looking to purchase a new smartphone with both NSA and SA support? Then you can consider buying one of the following smartphones. If you use these devices, you will get the advantage of the SA network that uses a next-generation core network. Also, you will not fall back on the 4G LTE network in a non 5G environment.
- Honor V30
- Honor V30 Pro
- Vivo X30 (Upcoming)
- Realme X50 (Upcoming)
- Oppo Reno 3 Pro 5G (Upcoming)
- Redmi K30 (Upcoming)