Sprint confirmed in early August it will bring 5G– OnePlus phones that can work in a network of operators. As expected, the device is OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, and we have to take it around New York City.
Sprint 5G in New York working on 2.5Ghz bandwidth, which stated that promotional material reaches around 400Mbps, not enough with 1Gbps achieved by millimeter waves, but much more than 4G LTE speeds.
This service is broadcast today in New York and also in Washington DC, with the Phoenix and Los Angeles networks airing tomorrow, but there is a lot of attention in Big Apple as more challenging terrain: The city has a signal density three to four times higher than that of the less populated urban areas of North America, a Sprint executive said at a media event launched by the New York network.
The city's coverage area stretches from Central Park to the southern tip of Manhattan at launch, Sprint says, and in our quick test, we found that that was primarily true: when we wandered from Midtown near Bryant Park to East Village, we only blink a few 4G / LTE times, and see the speed then drop to 3-5 Mbps.
We didn't see around 400Mbps that Sprint claimed in its media presentation, not in the area that specifically suggested it would get that speed. Instead, we capture an average of 200Mbps, sometimes up to 250Mbps, and rarely, up to 333Mbps.
That is far from the 1.4Gbps peak that we saw with Samsung Galaxy S10 5G when connected to Verizon 5G who we are tested in Chicago – but the Sprint network covers a much wider area than some of the environments covered by Verizon's millimeter wave setting.
More importantly, we didn't have to do “5G shuffle” jumps between nodes: when we tested the Verizon Chicago network, the millimeter wave transmitters were projected in a small radius, so we had to keep them facing each other to maintain such high speeds . Not so with the Sprint 2.5Ghz network, which reliably offers the mentioned average speed of 200Mbps in all its coverage areas.
We have to do more extensive testing to see how wide the area is: not like T-Mobile 5GSprint has not released a specific coverage map for New York, Washington, DC, or any of the other cities.
What's all that speed for?
Practically, we have not found any important use for high speed. 1.4 Gbps we see on the Verizon network – We primarily use it to quickly download media as a seat comparison metric.
Instead of downloading the entire first season of Stranger Things from Netflix in under 39 seconds, as we did in our Verizon 5G trial with Galaxy S10 5G in Chicago, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G on Sprint 5G downloaded in less than 5 minutes
In other words, you can stand in line until the short television season in the time it takes for the next subway to arrive, or while waiting for a latte.
Sprint 5G today – and beyond
Sprint launched a 5G network in New York and Washington, DC, and a day later in Phoenix and Los Angeles. At a media event in New York City, executives said the company would temporarily cool its heels and build its services in existing cities, now fully 9 – Instead of announcing other areas, they will launch the 5G network. For example, its availability has expanded in downtown Dallas-Fort Worth to the suburbs of Richmond and Garland since it was launched there in April.
Who can be the operator waiting for the merger with T-Mobile to overcome the last hurdle after obtaining primary agreement by the United States government in July. Assuming it's running, the combined network can provide stronger 5G services in overlapping areas, like New York.
As it is, the Sprint 5G network currently includes 2,100 square miles and covers 11 million people, according to the operator. Although we cannot visit all these cities to test it, assuming they get the same speed as we found in New York, we must wait for those who have 5G phone (Sprint 5G phones include OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and LG V50 5G, along with HTC 5G Hub) to enjoy speed much better than they found with LTE.