Here’s when Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 6a will get 5G support in India

Pixel phones to get 5G support in India by Q1 2023.

Highlights
  • Google confirms to roll out 5G network support to Pixel 7 series and Pixel 6a.
  • The phones will be getting support by Q1 2023.
  • Google earlier promised to roll out the 5G OTA update in December 2022.

Google Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel 6a have support for the 5G network, thanks to the Tensor chipset on board. However, the brand hasn’t enabled the software update that enables 5G support. Now, in a statement, Google has confirmed (via) that the 5G OTA update will be rolled out in Q1 2023, with no specific date or timeline mentioned. This comes after the Mountain View giant missed the earlier assured December timeline. Apple pushed the 5G update in India in December, while Samsung started earlier.

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Google clarified that it is working closely with Indian carriers to enable next-generation connectivity and comply with local regulations and standards. Besides Google, Xiaomi is also said to be working on pushing an update to its 5G-capable phones in the country.

5G in India has been rolling out at a fast phase, with Airtel and Jio rapidly expanding the network in top-tier metro cities. Both telecom networks have vowed to finish the rollout in every town and village in the country by March 2024. This is claimed to be the fastest rollout ever in any country.

Both telecom networks are yet to reveal the 5G data plans in the country. Until they do, the network is completely free to use. While Jio is offering unlimited data through its ‘Welcome Offer’, Airtel doesn’t have any such offer and the data benefits are as per the existing plan. With 5G significantly on the rise in India, the demand for 5G-enabled phones is also on the rise and they are expected to overtake the 4G lineup this year. All the upcoming 5G-enabled phones might come with software support right out of the box.

Key Specs

Google Pixel 7 5G
Google Tensor G2 | 8 GBProcessor
6.3 inches (16 cm) Display
50 MP + 12 MPRear camera
10.8 MPSelfie camera
4355 mAh Battery
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Google Pixel 7 5G Price
Rs. 53,999
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Review Summary

Expert Rating3.5/5

Design
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Display
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Software
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Camera
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Performance
★★★★★
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Battery
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Pros

  • Sturdy design
  • Gorgeous display
  • Great cameras
  • Refined, bloat-free UI

Cons

  • Slow wired and wireless charging speeds
  • Not the fastest phone in its segment
  • Display refresh rate capped at 90Hz
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