Yesterday, South Korean manufacturing giant, Samsung, released its latest flagship series, Samsung Galaxy S20 series. This series is expected to accelerate the popularity of 5G smartphones because most of the models support 5G network connection standards. However, according to SamMobile reports, India’s Samsung Galaxy S20 series phones are only 4G versions. This means that the 5G models are not for all markets. Samsung India’s pre-order website shows that only the 4G version of the Galaxy S20 and S20+ and S20 Ultra are available.
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The reports also adds that the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will also land in India. As for this device, it actually only has 4G and no 5G version. India is not the only country without the 5G version of Samsung’s latest flagship. Samsung South Africa reservation page also states that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is an LTE model and enjoys LTE speed.
It is not hard to understand why only 4G versions are available in certain countries. India may be the second-largest smartphone market globally but its 5G is not ready. If the carriers in a country are not ready for the 5G network, a 5G device is technically useless.
It’s unclear whether Samsung disabled 5G support on the software or hardware. If it is the former, Samsung S20 series phones in the Indian market can subsequently get 5G support through a software update.