Why you should not buy a 5G smartphone in 2019

Why you should not buy a 5G smartphone in 2019

Everyone knows 5G is coming. And 2019 is going to be the year of 5G—at least, that’s what the mobile industry keeps saying. We’re going to see the launch of several 5G smartphones from OEMs like Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei, and carriers will be tripping over themselves to tell you how awesome their new 5G networks are. Faster mobile network is coming, but should you care about it yet?

What is 5G

Why you should not buy a 5G smartphone in 2019

5G is shorthand for the “fifth generation of cellular network technology.” This fifth generation sees the introduction of mmWave (short for “millimeter wavelength”) technology, which taps into a broad range of radio frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum that is currently unused—specifically the 24GHz to 90GHz range (current 4G LTE networks cover the 450MHz to 5.9GHz range).

What does this mean? Basically, much faster mobile networks and lower latency. While there are some big, bold claims being bandied about by tech companies (and conspiracy theorists) that build upon the potential that faster networks could bring, until we actually see how 5G implementation is utilized, much of this is just speculation. Besides, most of these companies are ignoring or intentionally obfuscating the current downsides of 5G.

The Downsides of 5G

Why you should not buy a 5G smartphone in 2019

We’re used to these “G” network upgrades coming with a compelling sales pitch about how much better everything is going to be, but the move to 5G mmWave is not a slam-dunk argument. Since mmWave runs at a significantly higher frequency than LTE, that means it comes with no shortage of tradeoffs. MmWave has worse range and worse penetration compared to LTE. A mmWave signal can be blocked by buildings, trees, and even your hand. MmWave doesn’t work well in the rain or fog, and the ~60GHz chunk of this spectrum can actually be absorbed by oxygen. That’s right—a slice of mmWave spectrum can be blocked by the air.

With so many issues to overcome, mmWave sounds like a terrible chunk of spectrum to build a mobile network in until you consider two key points: the higher-frequency means mmWave has plenty of bandwidth and low latency if you can get it, and most of all, the spectrum is available. MmWave isn’t being used for much right now because it is such a pain in the butt to work with. So if you can figure out all the implementation problems, you suddenly have a vast amount of airspace to work with. That’s actually the first thing these companies talk about when they bring up mmWave. It’s all going to be really, really hard and complicated, they say, but it’s going to be worth it.

LTE debuted in 2011, and these past seven years have seen significant progress in making 4G smartphone hardware smaller, faster, and more efficient. With 5G, we’re going to lose plenty of this technical maturity initially by packing in tons of new and expensive 5G hardware.

Buying a 5G phone in 2019

Why you should not buy a 5G smartphone in 2019

Smartphones today are almost entirely powered by a single chip, appropriately called an “SoC” or “System on a Chip.” As the name suggests, these are the most basic parts you need to make a computer all on a single, tiny chip. There are usually lots of CPU cores, a GPU, an “ISP” for camera functionality, Wi-Fi, and more. RAM isn’t technically included on this chip, but to save space, the RAM actually gets stacked on top of the SoC. The main off-SoC component is the storage, and across the motherboard there will typically be a sprinkling of tiny chips for power management, audio, Bluetooth, NFC, and other things. From there, it’s the motherboard’s job to connect everything to everything else and then get the hell out of the way so that as much as the phone as possible can be filled with battery.

Why you should not buy a 5G smartphone in 2019

Let’s compare the internal components you’ll need to make 4G and 5G work. In terms of major Qualcomm chips, a 2019 4G phone will have the Snapdragon 855, and that’s it. There’s an onboard LTE modem in the 855, so you don’t need an extra chip for connectivity, and LTE antennas are tiny wires that are usually integrated into the motherboard. 5G is a totally different story: you’ll need the Snapdragon 855, plus the Snapdragon X50 5G modem, plus a series of “QTM052” 5G antenna modules, which are actual chips instead of wires or motherboard traces.

It turns out Qualcomm’s first-gen 5G chips are going to be really big—at least, “really big” compared all the other extremely-small smartphone components. The X50 5G modem and a single RF module take up more space than the Snapdragon 855. Keep in mind the 855 is an entire SoC—nearly everything you need to run a computer—plus a built-in 4G modem, so it’s pretty incredible that a 5G modem and a single RF module takes up just as much space as the entire rest of the core phone components, minus the storage chip. For now, 4G has a clean, single chip design, while 5G is going to have these massive extra chips to deal with.

EL Mobile – focusing on 4G, prepare for 5G

As a company with more than ten years of experience in the mobile phone industry, EL Mobile also focuses on the future development of telecommunication technology including 5G while at the same time perfect current 4G and 3G smartphones with the better user experience for the global masses.

In the era of feature phones, EL Mobile revolutionized mobile phones in developing countries with excellent quality and super affordable prices, allowing more people to experience the convenience of mobile communication; entering the era of smartphones, EL smartphones with stylish design and outstanding experience enabled more people to express true personality and enjoy the pleasure that new tech brings; and in the coming era of the 5G and Internet of Things, EL Mobile will continue to make latest tech accessible to more people around the world.

Hottest phones of MWC2019 - 5G and foldable

Hottest phones of MWC2019 – 5G and foldable

Smartphone revolution is coming. As the largest mobile event in the world, MWC Barcelona always plays host to the latest and greatest upcoming smartphones, but the 2019 event has been particularly exciting, bringing new form factors and 5G to reality – here are two of the most notable phones from Mobile World Congress 2019.

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Hottest phones of MWC2019 - 5G and foldable

Just before MWC 2019, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Fold foldable mobile phone, using a fold-in design with two screens. The external small screen is 4.6 inches, the internal large screen is 7.3 inches, with side fingerprints and customized One UI.

Hottest phones of MWC2019 - 5G and foldable

The Galaxy Fold is not a phone for everyone. When it’s released in a few months on April 26th, it’s expected to be in somewhat limited supply. It’ll also cost a whopping $1,980, which places the Galaxy Fold well out of reach for many consumers. That’s twice the cost of a 128GB Galaxy S10+, and it’s a tall order even for people with plenty of expendable income. The simple reality of the Galaxy Fold is that it uses cutting-edge technology to achieve a first-of-its-kind design, and early adopters who want in on the action will have to pay premium. 

Huawei Mate X

Hottest phones of MWC2019 - 5G and foldable

As one of the leaders in the field of smartphones, Huawei announced its first 5G folding screen product at MWC 2019. When shut it has a 6.6 inch screen on the front and a 6.38 inch screen on the back. Turn it over and it swaps the screen from the front to the back of the device, for taking selfies or similar. Unfold the screen outwards and you’re left with one giant 8 inch display ready to go. It has cameras on one side and is 5G-capable. What’s more noteworthy is that the phone is equipped with 4500 mAh super-large batteries and 55W super fast charging. It’s amazing that you can fill it up with 85% of the electricity in 30 minutes. And for its screen, you’d better prepare a good phone case for it.

Hottest phones of MWC2019 - 5G and foldable

Huawei said it will be available in the summer for €2,299. No one said pushing boundaries was going to be cheap.

EL Mobile and its future

EL Mobile Brand

As a company with more than ten years of experience in the mobile phone industry, EL Mobile also focuses on the future development of telecommunication technology and new form factors while at the same time perfect current products with the better user experience. Visit elongmobile.com and stay tuned!

10 Tips to Extend Your Smartphone Battery Life

10 Tips to Extend Your Smartphone Battery Life

Everyone wants revolutionary battery technology that extends smartphone battery life to days or even weeks. But the reality is, your smartphone couldn’t even last through a day. So here EL Mobile tell you the 10 simple tips for you to boost your smartphone’s battery life.

1. See what’s consuming the most juice

Go to Settings > Battery to see an organized breakdown of what’s consuming your phone’s battery. Applications and features will display in a descending list. If you see an application you barely use or a feature you never use, you’ll want to uninstall the app or turn off the feature.

10 Tips to Extend Your Smartphone Battery Life

2. Turn down the brightness and turn off Automatic Brightness

It’s probably obvious at this point since the display consumes battery life at a devastating pace, you’ll be surprised by how much this one alone helps to improve battery life.

10 Tips to Extend Your Smartphone Battery Life

3. Turn unnecessary hardware radios off

It’s great that today’s smartphones have LTE, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, but do you really need all five activated 24 hours per day? Android keeps location-based apps resident in the background, and the constant drain on your battery will become noticeably fast. Just turn it off when you don’t need it.

10 Tips to Extend Your Smartphone Battery Life4. Don’t leave apps running in the background

Multitasking – the ability to run more than one app at a time – is a powerful smartphone feature. It can also burn a lot of energy, because every app you run uses a share of your phone’s processor cycles (but this isn’t true of all apps – see the myths section below). By killing apps that you aren’t actually using, you can drastically reduce your CPU’s workload and cut down on its power consumption.

5. Dump unnecessary home screen widgets and live wallpaper

Just because they’re sitting on the home screen, seemingly inactive, doesn’t mean they’re not consuming power. This goes for widgets that poll status updates in the background, as well as ones that just sit there but look pretty and animated—not to mention animated live wallpaper.

6. Turn off non-essential notifications

It seems as though almost every app now polls the internet in search of updates, news, messages, and other information. When it finds something, the app may chime, light up your screen and display a message, make your LED blink, or do all of the above. All of these things consume energy.

You probably don’t want to turn off notifications about new text messages or missed calls, but turning off superfluous notifications will help your battery last a little longer, and it will eliminate pointless distractions throughout your day.

10 Tips to Extend Your Smartphone Battery Life7. Update your system and apps

System and applications often get updated to use less battery power, so you should make sure your system and apps are up to date.

10 Tips to Extend Your Smartphone Battery Life8. Disable automatic sync

Having your phone constantly check if there’s new information is a waste of power. Disable automatic sync in Settings > Battery, instantly extend your device’s battery life by a significant amount.

10 Tips to Extend Your Smartphone Battery Life9. Use the extra power saving mode if you have it

Power saving mode limits the phone to texting, phone calls, Web browsing, and Facebook. This can squeeze extra hours or even a day of standby time out of just a few remaining percentage points of battery.

10 Tips to Extend Your Smartphone Battery Life10. Buy the premium version of ad-supported apps you use frequently

Many apps exist as both free and paid versions, and the difference is often that the free version is supported with ads. Displaying ads uses slightly more data and slightly more energy. Purchasing an app you use frequently rather than using the free ad-supported version may pay off in the long run by reducing data and battery usage. You also free up screen space by getting rid of distracting ads, usually gain more features, and support app developers.

How To Protect Your Smartphone From Damage

How To Protect Your Smartphone From Damage

Today the mobile phone is an integral part of our life. Just as we protect the members of our body from being harmed, it is also necessary that we protect our phone from damage. Nothing is more painful to see your phone getting scratches or worse a cracked screen. We have listed below some tips on how to fruitfully protect it from damage. Just read on…  

1. Use a Screen Protector

The display of the phone is the most important part of the device. It is also the most fragile and the most expensive part in the handset. At a slight drop or by mishandling or by mere carelessness, the screen is bound to crack or shatter. And a cracked or shattered display looks awful and may also malfunction.

To avoid this it is recommended that you use a screen protector i.e. tempered glass. Get a suitable tempered glass screen protector. This will prevent the screen from scratches and also give added protection to the display to a great extent. The screen protector should be the first accessory you buy for your phone.

2.Use a good quality case

In this fast paced and multitasking life, it is possible that you may time and again drop the phone and damage it. To clearly avoid this sort of event it is strongly advised that you use a phone case. This will ensure maximum physical protection to your handset. It is not necessary that you opt for an expensive branded case, even a good quality non branded one will suffice and give you the same kind of protection to your handset.

3.Self Protect

When you place the phone in your pocket make sure that you do not keep coins and or any other pointed type of stuff in the same pocket because this results in the display screen being scratched or damaged.

Also ensure that you avoid placing your phone in the rear pocket of your tight jeans because there is probability that your phone might bend or just snap when you attempt to sit. Wherever you place your handset, just keep it out of reach of the toddlers or unruly kids in your home, it is likely that they may try to get hold of your handset and clumsily drop it and thus damage it.

4.Waterproof the Device

Water is well renowned to play havoc with electronic devices. This may be in the form of rain or your device getting wet in the pool or at the beach. Even perspiration affects your phone, so it is necessary that you waterproof your device to save you a lot of expense. For this you need to use a waterproof case for your handset. This is easily available at any local mobile store in your area or you may also order it online.

You should buy it only if your phone is not water resistant. If in case your phone gets water logged, please read our guide to fix water logged cell phones.

5.Hold with a Firm Grip

The most common reason for phones dropping from your hand is due to the method in which you are holding the smartphone or the tablet. Hence it is necessary to get a good grip of the device. The way you catch your gadget is very important to prevent it from falling down. Still if your phone drops and gets damaged, you can learn how to repair phones by getting hold of our cell phone repair book.

6.Do not leave it unattended

Many times we are negligent and keep our device in places where it is not secure. Always see to it that you have kept your phone in a safe place. If it is kept in a place where they are accessible to kids or pets, make it sure that it is in your sight to avoid regretting later.

If you want to know more about smartphone guides, you can check this “6 Ways to Protect Your EL Smartphones“.