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Buying a new laptop :should I wait till they come with 5G

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I am not very tech-savvy, so not even sure this question makes sense. I have made do with just a smartphone for 2 years, but it's about time to get a laptop again. But with the roll-out of 5G networks, which are supposed to be 100 times faster (downloading /streaming), in the works, I was wondering whether I should wait till new computers that can connect to 5G wifi become available, or is this something that applies only to smartphones and mobile data connection :obviously my current 4G smartphone will not be able to connect with 5G networks.

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In Australia at least sub 6GHz 5G is just 4G with lipstick so far, not that much faster, rubbish range and penetration and drains battery much faster. With the mmWave 5G in the US it cant even penetrate a window.

 

In short dont worry about it until 2022

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15 minutes ago, JamJar said:

Have you even seen a laptop with even a 4G Wireless card within?

 

Yes.

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25 minutes ago, Salerno said:

Yes.

 

The question was for the OP.

The point being that it is not something that he would expect to see in an everyday laptop in any case.

You might find the odd one that has a Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem installed; 

https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon-modems-4g-lte-x16

 

But they are "as rare as hen's teeth".

 

So if the OP wants Gigabit wireless capability, he can look out for laptops with a similar chipset.

 

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41 minutes ago, shady86 said:

There is only a handful of laptops with built in WAN, mostly business laptops targeting users who need all time connectivity.

5G for WiFi is already supported by most modern laptops.

4G network will stay for at least 10 years, same as 3G which is still around now.

Indeed, my laptop is around 3 yr old and has a 5g wifi connection that I am on right now.

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2 minutes ago, dimitriv said:

 

The Wifi on your laptop can be 2,4 GHz and/or 5 GHz.  But Wifi is never 5G.  5G is used for mobile phones. 

Appreciate the info, thanks. Learn something new everyday😉

 

Easy mistake I suppose when its labelled as 5g on available connections.

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14 minutes ago, CharlieH said:

Indeed, my laptop is around 3 yr old and has a 5g wifi connection that I am on right now.

 

No, you are utilising the 5GHz waveband. Nothing to do with 5th generation mobile networking.

 

Oops...already answered above.

 

It's a regular misunderstanding.

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Just now, JamJar said:

 

No, you are utilising the 5GHz waveband. Nothing to do with 5th generation mobile networking.

So I understand from the post above, thanks.

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