With the rollout of 5G services underway across India, we have decided to test how fast these networks are. And of course, a great way to do this is through speed tests. Our candidate device today is Samsung’s latest foldable smartphone, which is the Galaxy Z Fold4. We have access to Airtel’s 5G Plus service in Chennai and we tested the phone, which is compatible with the operator’s 5G network.
The Galaxy Z Fold4 is equipped with the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset inside, which features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System. This modem is one of the best available chipsets for 5G connectivity, so we expected excellent speeds in our tests.
In India, the three main network operators – Airtel, Jio and Vodafone have purchased most amount of 5G spectrum. Airtel and Jio have begun the rollout in a number of cities across India. Airtel’s services are commercially live, however Jio’s service is currently live under a private beta to select users.
The 5G service we tested was on the n78 band or 3500 MHz frequency (3.5 GHz). We have observed that this is one of the most popular bands used for 5G deployments around the world. To get more technical details about the network, we used the the Service Mode feature.
At the moment, Airtel has rolled out 5G networks in multiple neighbourhoods around Chennai. For our testing, we found a strong 5G signal and tested the Galaxy Z Fold4 using the Speedtest by Ookla app.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 Speed Test on Airtel 5G Plus network
We tested the smartphone across various locations in Chennai and the performance was as expected for a flagship device in this price range. The maximum download speeds hovered around 750Mbps or 0.75Gbps, and the average was around 740Mbps.
Upload speeds were pretty good, averaging around 118Mbps. It isn’t as fast as the download speeds, but for uploads speeds these results are good. Latency did not cross 14ms and there was no packet loss. The phone latched onto a 5G signal quickly too without needing extra software updates.
Airtel has started the rollout of 5G in 8 cities across India including – Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Siliguri, Nagpur, and Varanasi. Jio on the other hand has started a 5G beta trial for select users across multiple cities in India on an invite-only basis. We hope to test the phone on Jio True 5G in the near future as the device already supports Jio 5G.
Lastly, we need to inform you that a 5G Speed Test does consume your data balance quite fast. With each speed test, we ended up consuming nearly 700MBs of data. If you want us to test the 5G performance on any other phone, do let us know.
To conclude, have you experienced 5G on your smartphone in India already? Feel free to share your experience in the comments section below.