India has officially joined the league of countries with 5G service and there are scores of phone makers with 5G models available for the country. But if you are on a tight budget and looking for the most pocket-friendly option, what you want to know is which is the cheapest 5G phone in India.

There are scores of brands selling affordable smartphones in the country, and mobile users looking for the most affordable way to get on a 5G network are on the hunt. Right now, there are two contenders for the title of cheapest 5G phone in India – Lava Blaze 5G and Jio Phone 5G.

Lava Blaze 5G is the cheapest 5G phone in India
Is Lava Blaze 5G the cheapest 5G phone in India?

Lava is a well-known manufacturer of affordable smartphones. They have officially announced the Blaze 5G, and the features include Android 12, a 6.5-inch LCD with 720p resolution and 90Hz refresh rate, an 8MP selfie camera, 50MP rear camera, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. On the inside, it is powered by a Dimensity 700 5G chipset and 4GB of RAM. Internal storage is 128GB, and there is a slot for a microSD card, so you can expand that built-in storage. Keeping the lights on is a 5,000 mAh battery. Lava says that the Blaze 5G will go on sale on or towards October 24, 2022 at “around INR10,000”.

Jio Phone 5G
Jio Phone 5G

What of Jio Phone 5G? Coming from the stable of Reliance Telecom in partnership with Google, the Jio Phone 5G will not arrive till Reliance’s 5G coverage has hit a threshold of users. Reliance Jio Chairman Akash Ambani has stated that, “Jio plans to cover the entire India by December. We will make it very affordable; it should be affordable for every Indian, from device to service.” It is safe to expect that the 5G Jio phone will hit the markets by or before December 2022.

There are no details of its features and specs yet, but the grapevine says it will be powered by a 5G Snapdragon chipset. The Jio Phone 5G will, reportedly, cost between INR 8,000 and INR 12,000. If reliance’s antecedents are anything to go by, their entry-level 5G smartphone will cost less than the Blaze 5G. However, we will have to wait to see it play out.

The cheapest 5G phone in India right now

If you want the cheapest 5G phone in India right now in October 2022, you can set your eyes on the Lava Blaze 5G and pick one up when sales open around the 24th. Lava plans to release it in time for Diwali. That situation may change with the arrival of the Jio Phone 5G, or some other model, later in the year. But for now, nothing beats the Blaze 5G in terms of pricing in India.

Which Indian Networks have 5G?

Bharti Airtel India is the first Indian network to roll out 5G service. The telecom operator rolled out in a handful of cities on October 1st, 2022 and plans to increase the number of locations quickly. The initial coverage areas include Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, and Bangalore.

Reliance Jio says it will roll out 5G towards Diwali (end of October 2022). Beta trials kicked off on the 5th of October in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Varanasi. Vodafone Idea is yet to roll out 5G service, while BSNL is targeting an August 2023 launch.

5G Data plan Prices in India

Airtel India is providing 5G services at the same tariffs that 4G users have enjoyed. There are no special 5G data plans.

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