In India, Reliance Jio is deploying 5G standalone (SA) networks. India’s smartphone ecosystem wasn’t ready for 5G SA. For the 5G SA of Jio, the OEMs had no choice but to deploy OTA updates for their 5G devices. The OEMs can’t ignore Jio’s hundreds of millions of users in India and not give their devices the OTA update for 5G support.

Xiaomi Mi 10

It is important to note, though, that there are still some smartphones on the market that do not support 5G SA. Xiaomi, one of the major smartphone brands in India, has sold millions of 5G devices. While most of the company’s devices support 5G SA, there are two that do not. It’s interesting to note that Xiaomi sold these 5G devices to Indian customers on the basis of its promises. Xiaomi’s “promised” 5G smartphones do not support Jio’s 5G now that 5G is rolling out.

Xiaomi Mi 10 and Xiaomi Mi 10i are the two devices we are discussing. Jio users who own either of these devices cannot use 5G, which is a problem. In the first place, neither of the two is an affordable smartphone. Therefore, Jio users who bought either of these devices with the promise of 5G cannot do anything but weep.