Back in December 2021, Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) officially launched 5G services in Malaysia but only in limited areas such as Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and a few spots in Kuala Lumpur. At the same time, the company also released a list of 5G smartphones that are supported including Samsung devices.
As you can tell by the headline, DNB actually removed the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G, Galaxy S21+ 5G and the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G from the list. No reason nor statement was given at all so we don’t know what really happened there. Whatever the reason is, we can’t see this as progress since the Galaxy S22 series is currently on pre-order in Malaysia.
Now that the Galaxy S21 series has been deregulated to the “upcoming 5G support devices”, it’s now alongside other Samsung devices that have yet to be approved by DNB. This includes the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G, Galaxy A32 5G, Galaxy A42 5G, Galaxy A52 5G, Galaxy A52s 5G, Galaxy Flip 3, Galaxy Fold 3, Galaxy M52 5G, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S20 FE 5G and Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G.
Besides Samsung, the Apple iPhone 12 and 13 series are also on the list. According to the timeline, all these smartphones should get 5G support by the first quarter of 2022. We have one and a half months to go so we can only wait and see.