How 5G Enabled is your Nord N10 5G ?

tecknight

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I have been noting that my Nord N10 5G isn't getting any better of a connection than my old 4G phone, so I set out to see which bands I was connecting on and which were actually enabled on the phone.
I have done this in the past on various phones, so I knew there is usually one or more hidden dialogs embedded within a proprietary system app.
Indeed, this is the case on the Nord N10 5G. There are several dialogs that appear to indicate and control which bands are enabled on the phone.
To display these dialogs, you will first need to install an app called QuickShortcutMaker from the Google Play store.
This app will allow you to launch the proprietary dialogs so you can view and/or set the enabled bands on your phone.

Once QuickShortcutMaker is installed, launch it. You will see something like this:

QSM1.jpg


Change the search type to normal search and type rftool in the search text then tap the Search button.
Click on the rftoolkit to expand it.
You should see something like this:
QSM2.png


Now click on the entry with BAND followed by some chinese characters or BandSelect in the URL.
You should see a dialog like this:

QSM3.png


Now tap TRY and the BAND select dialog should launch.

com.oem.rftoolkit.BandSelect.png


I have an NA model (BE86) bought directly from OnePlus and my provider is MetroByTMobile.
As you can see, my phone has NO 5G bands enabled.
Also note that the greyed out bands are not selectable.

I did find some other dialogs that appear useful as well.
This one seems to be T-Mobile specific:

com.example.tmo.Bandmode
com.example.tmo.bandlist.png

When I selected certain combinations of bands on this T-Mobile dialog, I was able to enable some of the greyed out bands on the previous dialog.
I would love to hear what any of you see from these dialogs and what model and provider you have.
I would also love to hear what you think and please post any discoveries regarding successful enabling of other 5G bands.

FYI: These are other Band related dialogs that look interesting.:

RfToolkit
com.oem.rftoolkit.BandSelect
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryGSM
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryLTE
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryCDMA
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryWCDMA
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryTDSCDMA
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryNR5G
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryMMWave

If anyone knows Chinese and can provide a translation for the following dialogs, I would appreciate it.

Some additional dialogs:

LTE.png


MMWAVE.png


TDSCDMA.png


WCDMA.png
 
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tecknight

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Per T-Mobile's website:

Frequencies that can provide 5G:
Band n71 (600 MHz) - Under NR5G
Band n41 (2.5 GHz) - Under NR5G
Band n260 (39 GHz) - Under mmWave
Band n261 (28 GHz) - Under mmWave
T-Mobile's website specifically states:
"One of the ways T-Mobile is rapidly deploying 5G is integrating mid-band 2.5 GHz spectrum from Sprint"
This implies that
Band n41 should be available in 5G capable locales, at a minimum.

 
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arda99

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Did some test. BE2025 Metropcs.
Same result as OP.
After launching last one from rftoolkit, I think it's QDMTest or sth, go back without touching anything inside it
Cellular service down.
Run Band test again, it displays the correct bands.

Reboot phone and service is back.
 

tecknight

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Did some test. BE2025 Metropcs.
Same result as OP.
After launching last one from rftoolkit, I think it's QDMTest or sth, go back without touching anything inside it
Cellular service down.
Run Band test again, it displays the correct bands.

Reboot phone and service is back.
Thanks for the feedback @arda99 !
Yes, I got the same result.
I launched com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryNR5G
I then enabled the 5G N bands.
I then re-launched
com.oem.rftoolkit.BandSelect and the formerly greyed out 5G N bands were now available and checked.
However, my mobile data connection was now disconnected.
Reboot and mobile connection is back up, but 5G bands are once again greyed out.
 

tecknight

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This is strange
I put in line 1 SIM and 5G (T-Mobile) pops up right away
No other work to be done
When I check with *#*#4636#*#*, it shows LTE_NR (SA 5G)
Do you know what 5G band(s) it connected to ?
Cuz my Nord N10 indicated 5G on the data connection icon, but was not connected to any 5G bands.
Run the rftoolkit->Band 信道 to see
 

ninjasinabag

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The band selection I was stuck with after buying the N10 left me with a nifty little bug that would stop me from making calls or sending texts after disconnecting from wifi.

Used the dialer menu to choose a different network combination and it switched me to different bands. Fixed my issue, slowed me down the tiniest bit.
Metro needs a beating.