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Orbic Reaches Beyond Verizon's Orbit with the Magic 5G

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Oct 7, 2021, 10:24 AM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome

The Orbic Magic 5G is now available with TracFone. This is the first Orbic phone for a US carrier other than Verizon. According to the company, this "shows that Orbic is growing as brand into other channels." Orbic got its start in the US making entry-level phones for Verizon. The Orbic Myra 5G for Verizon launched recently and was the company's first mid-range phone, and first 5G phone. The Magic is identical to the Myra save for network frequency band support and the Snapdragon chipset inside. The Magic supports sub-6 5G and 4G on both the Verizon and T-Mobile networks, and uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 chipset. The Myra supports Verizon's mmWave "Ultra Wideband" 5G network, which required the higher-end Snapdragon 750G. The company confirmed this as the reason for the two different chipsets. Like the Myra, the Magic 5G has a 6.78-inch HD+ display, 5,000 mAh battery, 48 megapixel main camera, 8 megapixel wide camera, 6 GB RAM, 64 GB storage (expandable), and Quick Charge 3.0. TracFone is selling the Orbic Magic 5G for $300. Orbic is a brand of Reliance Communications.

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BLUESURF77450

Oct 9, 2021, 8:28 AM

You get what you pay for?

I compared this phone to a 13 Pro Max and this sub par phone only has about ~1/3 the radios for 5G LTE etc. Most of the time if you travel, you will have very spotty service if that.

Here is Orbic:
NR 2 / 5 / 25 / 41 / 66 / 71
LTE 2 / 4 / 5 / 12 / 13 / 25 / 26 / 41 / 66 / 71
WCDMA 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 8
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

Here is an iPhone:
NR 1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 20 / 25 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 38 / 40 / 41 / 48 / 66 / 71 / 77 / 78 / 258 / 260 / 261
LTE 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 32 / 34 / 38 / 39 / 40 / 41 / 46 / 48 / 66 / 71
WCDMA 1 / 2 / 4 / 5 / 8
CDMA 800 / 850 / 1900
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
I wouldn't say you'll necessarily have "very spotty service". It's true that this doesn't support every single US band, particularly AT&T's "extra" bands (14/29/30), and the forthcoming C-Band (77). So you won't get the best possible service (p...
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