Q&A Any tips on improving Battery Life on a 5G phone?

Spawn

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Jan 8, 2011
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Does 5G increase battery drain?

Would you buy a 5G capable phone, if it used more battery than a 4G phone?
 
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Opc9

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Yes 5G does drain your battery faster than 4G.

So if you run your 5G phone in 4G mode it will improve your battery. life.

I feel 5G is really more a marketing gimmick at the moment, (fomo) the technology needs to mature a lot before it becomes mainstream.

Most reviews I have seen say its basically "useless" at the present moment and in most cases performs worse than 4G due to lack of infrastructure.
 

SecurityNightmares

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I feel 5G is really more a marketing gimmick at the moment, (fomo) the technology needs to mature a lot before it becomes mainstream.
5G is designed for connected cars and industry in first place.
Private user's aren't their goal but many sites start hyping it for non reason.
4G is more then fast enough and increasing signal quality overall makes more sense instead of some single 5G cells.
 

Marko :)

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It has to do with the limitation network of 5G and its technology. 4G/LTE has to keep it on 24/7 when you use 5G so in case you don't get 5G signal, your phone will automatically switch to 4G/LTE.
I always keep my phone on 3G/2G mode; 3G has better coverage than 4G and sufficient speed to surf fast and watch videos without buffering. Obviously, if there is no 3G signal, I'll try to see if 4G is present and if not, I'll just connect to other network. My mobile operator uses their own network and in places where their signal might not be as strong, they use the network from leading mobile network in my country.

When you get one or two bars of signal, phone keeps searching for better base station to connect to. That obviously wastes a lot of battery, so I rather have full 3G signal, than spotty 4G.
5G is designed for connected cars and industry in first place.
Private user's aren't their goal but many sites start hyping it for non reason.
4G is more then fast enough and increasing signal quality overall makes more sense instead of some single 5G cells.
Couldn't agree more!

I just don't see the use of 5G on mobile phones. I don't even see the benefit of gigabit speeds over mobile network. Because, mobile is supposed to be mobile and it's not like I'm gonna download huge files on the go. The only benefit of 5G regarding phones is on operator's side, not much on consumer side.
 
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