Jio 5G vs Airtel 5G Comparison: Bands Supported, Data Speeds, Available Cities, Device Support And More

Jio 5G and Airtel 5G are now available to users but which one fares better than the other? We try to find out.

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5G has finally come to India, well at least in some cities. Jio and Airtel have launched their respective 5G services that are available in the top tier cities for now. Both the telcos announced their 5G network at the India Mobile Congress 2022 earlier this month. Both the operators have taken a different approach with their 5G services, wherein Jio has a focused strategy on offering good speeds in density, while Airtel has picked up the 5G spectrum in equal doses.

But it is time to put Jio 5G against Airtel 5G and compare their technology, the bands they offer, the devices supported on these networks so far, and yes, what kind of speeds people have reported in just October. 

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Jio 5G vs Airtel 5G: Which Bands Are Available 

Reliance Jio and Airtel have a differentiated plan with their 5G services in India, and this is fairly reflected in the bands supported by both these telcos on smartphones for users. 

Jio 5G Bands Support

  • N28 (700MHz)
  • N78 (3300MHz)
  • N258 (26GHz)

Airtel 5G Bands Support 

  • N8(900MHz)
  • N3(1800MHz)
  • N1(2100MHz)
  • N78(3300MHz)
  • N258(26GHz)

Jio 5G vs Airtel 5G: Availability & Coverage

Now that you know about the 5G bands supported by Jio 5G and Airtel 5G, it is time to learn about the cities where both these telcos are providing their 5G services right now. 

Jio 5G City Availability: Currently, Jio 5G can be used via a beta trial which is available in four cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Varanasi. Jio plans to expand its reach to more cities by the end of this year and take it to PAN India by the end of 2023. 

Airtel 5G City Availability: Airtel 5G has launched in 8 cities that include Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Varanasi and Gurugram. Airtel also plans to take its 5G network PAN India by the end of 2023. 

Also Read: Jio 5G: Launch in India, 5G Speed Test, Trials, Spectrum, and More

Jio 5G vs Airtel 5G: Data Speeds Offered

Jio 5G and Airtel 5G have already been put through speed tests by select users who managed to experience 5G on their compatible devices. As per Ookla’s report, Jio 5G has reported a median speed of 600Mbps, while Airtel 5G has scored 516Mbps to date. In a city like Delhi, Jio 5G seems to have the upper hand, thanks to a median speed of around 600Mbps, while Airtel 5G got 200Mbps at best. 

These significant speed differences were expected since Jio and Airtel have adopted different 5G architectures for their network. Jio 5G runs on standalone architecture, allowing the telco to push better 5G coverage and data speeds. While Airtel 5G relies on its existing 4G infrastructure to boost its 5G coverage, which is always going to fall short compared to the former.  And these speed tests make the difference quite evident. 

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Jio 5G vs Airtel 5G: How is the network quality

The other important aspect of 5G services is the spectrum bands acquired by both these telcos. Jio 5G has the elusive 700MHz under its wing, along with 3300MHz and 26GHz. The most important of these is the 700MHz which was only bought by Jio during the 5G spectrum auctions. It is an expensive frequency but delivers high data speeds in dense areas and even indoors as well. 

Airtel has a mix of spectrum bands ranging from 900MHz to 26GHz, but since Airtel hasn’t bought any spectrum in the 700MHz segment, it will be lagging in terms of speed and network quality as well. 

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Jio 5G vs Airtel 5G: Devices supported

Now comes the most important part for the consumers, which phones can run the Jio 5G and the Airtel 5G network? To make your lives easier, we have compiled a list of smartphones that will work on these 5G services. 

Jio 5G Device Support List

Realme Samsung Xiaomi and Poco Apple (update needed for all) iQOO OnePlus Oppo Vivo
Realme 8S 5G Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Xiaomi Mi 10 Apple iPhone 12 Mini iQOO 7 OnePlus Nord Oppo Reno 5G Pro Vivo X50 Pro
Realme X7 Max 5G Samsung A33 5G Xiaomi Mi 10i Apple iPhone 12 iQOO 3 5G OnePlus 9 Oppo Reno 6 Vivo V20 Pro
Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G Samsung Galaxy S21 FE Xiaomi Mi 10T Apple iPhone 12 Pro iQOO 7 Legend OnePlus 9 Pro Oppo Reno 6 Pro Vivo X60 Pro+
Realme X7 5G Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max iQOO Z3 OnePlus Nord CE Oppo F19 Pro Plus Vivo X60
Realme X7 Pro 5G Samsung Galaxy M33 Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (K1) Apple iPhone 13 Mini iQOO 9 Pro OnePlus Nord CE 2 Oppo A53s Vivo X60 Pro
Realme 8 5G Samsung Flip4 Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro Apple iPhone 13 iQOO 9 OnePlus 10 Pro 5G Oppo A74 Vivo V21 5G
Realme X50 Pro Samsung Galaxy S22 Xiaomi Mi 11X Apple iPhone 13 Pro iQOO 9 SE OnePlus Nord CE Lite 2 Oppo Reno 7 Pro 5G Vivo V21e
Realme GT 5G Samsung Galaxy S22+ Xiaomi POCO M3 Pro 5G Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max iQOO Z6 OnePlus 10R Oppo F21 Pro 5G Vivo X70 Pro
Realme GT ME Samsung Fold4 Xiaomi POCO F3 GT Apple iPhone SE 2022 iQOO 9T OnePlus Nord 2T Oppo Reno7 Vivo X70 Pro+
Realme GT NEO 2 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 

(update pending)

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite NE (K9D) Apple iPhone 14 OnePlus 10T Oppo Reno 8 Vivo iQOO Z5 5G
Realme 9 5G Samsung Galaxy S21 

(update pending)

Xiaomi K16A Redmi Note 11T 5G Apple iPhone 14 Plus OnePlus 8 Oppo Reno 8 Pro Vivo Y72 5G
Realme 9 Pro Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 

(update pending) 

Xiaomi K3S Xiaomi 11T Pro Apple iPhone 14 Pro OnePlus 8T  Oppo K10 5G Vivo V23 5G
Realme 9 Pro Plus Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 

(update pending)

Xiaomi K16 Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max  OnePlus 8 Pro  Oppo F21s Pro 5G Vivo V23 Pro 5G
Realme Narzo 30 5G Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 (update pending) Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T OnePlus 9RT  Vivo V23e 5G
Realme 9 SE Samsung F42 

(update pending)

Xiaomi K6S (Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus) OnePlus Nord 2 (update pending) Vivo T1 5G
Realme GT2 Samsung A52s 

(update pending)

Xiaomi POCO M4 5G OnePlus 9R  Vivo Y75 5G
Realme GT 2 pro Samsung M52 (update pending) Xiaomi POCO M4 Pro 5G Vivo T1 Pro
Realme GT NEO 3 Samsung Flip3 

(update pending)

Xiaomi 12 Pro Vivo X80
Realme Narzo 50 5G Samsung Fold3 

(update pending)

Xiaomi 11i Vivo X80 Pro
Realme Narzo 50 Pro Samsung A22 5G 

(update pending)

Xiaomi Redimi 11 Prime + 5G (L19) Vivo V25
Samsung S20FE 5G (update pending) Xiaomi Poco F4 5G Vivo V25 Pro
Samsung M32 5G 

(update pending)

Xiaomi Poco X4 Pro Vivo Y55 5G
Samsung F23 (update pending) Xiaomi Redmi K50i Vivo Y55S 5G
Samsung A73 

(update pending)

Samsung M42 

(update pending)

Samsung M53 

(update pending)

Samsung M13 

(update pending)

 

Airtel 5G Device Support List

Samsung Apple 

(update pending)

OnePlus iQOO vivo Oppo Xiaomi Realme
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Apple iPhone 12 Mini OnePlus Nord iQOO 3 5G vivo X50 Pro Oppo Reno 5G Pro Xiaomi Mi 10 Realme 8S 5G
Samsung A33 5G Apple iPhone 12 OnePlus 9 iQOO 7 vivo V20 Pro Oppo Reno 6 Xiaomi Mi 10i Realme X7 Max 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE Apple iPhone 12 Pro OnePlus 9 Pro iQOO 7 Legend vivo X60 Pro+ Oppo Reno 6 Pro Xiaomi Mi 10T Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max OnePlus Nord CE iQOO Z3 vivo X60 Oppo F19 Pro Plus Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro Realme X7 5G
Samsung Galaxy M33 Apple iPhone 13 Mini OnePlus Nord CE 2 iQOO Z5 5G vivo X60 Pro Oppo A53s Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Realme X7 Pro 5G
Samsung Flip4 Apple iPhone 13 OnePlus 10 PRO 5G iQOO 9 Pro vivo V21 5G Oppo A74 Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro Realme 8 5G
Samsung Galaxy S22 Apple iPhone 13 Pro OnePlus Nord CE Lite 2 iQOO 9 vivo V21e Oppo Reno 7 Pro 5G Xiaomi Mi 11X Realme X50 Pro
Samsung Galaxy S22+ Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max OnePlus 10R iQOO 9 SE vivo X70 Pro Oppo F21 Pro 5G Poco M3 Pro 5G Realme GT 5G
Samsung Fold4 Apple iPhone SE 2022 OnePlus Nord 2T iQOO Z6 vivo X70 Pro+ Oppo Reno 7 Poco F3 GT Realme GT ME
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Apple iPhone 14 OnePlus 10T iQOO 9T vivo Y72 5G Oppo Reno 8 Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite NE Realme GT NEO 2
Samsung Galaxy S21 Apple iPhone 14 Plus OnePlus 9RT vivo V23 5G Oppo Reno 8 Pro Xiaomi Redmi Note 11T 5G Realme 9 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21plus Apple iPhone 14 Pro OnePlus 8 vivo V23 Pro 5G Oppo K10 5G Xiaomi 11T Pro Realme 9 Pro
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 

(update pending)

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max OnePlus 8T  vivo V23e 5G Oppo F21s Pro 5G Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge Realme 9 Pro Plus
Samsung Galaxy Z fold 2 

(update pending)

OnePlus 8 Pro  vivo T1 5G Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T Realme Narzo 30 5G
Samsung F42 

(update pending)

OnePlus Nord 2  vivo Y75 5G Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus Realme 9 SE
Samsung A52s 

(update pending)

OnePlus 9R  vivo T1 Pro Poco M4 5G Realme GT 2
Samsung M52 

(update pending)

vivo X80 Poco M4 Pro 5G Realme GT 2 Pro
Samsung Flip3 

(update pending)

vivo X80 Pro Xiaomi 12 Pro Realme GT NEO 3
Samsung Fold3 

(update pending)

vivo V25 Xiaomi 11i Realme Narzo 50 5G
Samsung A22 5G 

(update pending)

vivo V25 Pro Xiaomi Redmi 11 Prime + 5G Realme Narzo 50 Pro
Samsung S20FE 5G 

(update pending)

vivo Y55 5G Poco F4 5G Realme 9i GT
Samsung M32 5G (update pending) vivo Y55s 5G Poco X4 Pro Realme GT Neo 3T
Samsung F23 (update pending) Xiaomi Redmi K50i Realme GT Neo 3T 150W
Samsung A73 (software update pending)
Samsung M42 (software update pending)
Samsung M53 (software update pending)
Samsung M13 (software update pending)

 

As you can see here, Apple and Samsung have a lot of devices that still don’t support 5G in India, but the company is going to release a software update by mid-November and December, respectively to make them 5G compatible in the country.