Verizon and Qualcomm test massive MIMO which increases network speed and capacity

A technology called massive MIMO is being tested by Verizon and Qualcomm. MIMO, which we have discussed in the past, stands for multiple input, multiple output and it’s all about increasing the connectivity between a transmitter and receiver. The result is faster data speeds and the ability to handle more traffic, clearing up congestion. While usually MIMO deals with setups like 2 x 2 (two lines at the transmitting end and two lines at the receiving end) or 3 x 3, massive MIMO is just as the name suggests. A recent test by Sprint tested 128 antennas (64 transmitters and 64 receivers) all working …


Samsung Galaxy S9 rumored to come with bigger battery, here's the alleged capacity

The Samsung Galaxy S9 could arrive with a slightly larger battery than its predecessor, according to a new rumor. The latest speculation comes from Chinese website Weibo, where a user who supposedly is in possession of a test unit shared the following information:
Now, Google Translate isn’t exactly stellar with Chinese to English translations, but from what we can make out, Samsung’s smaller 2018 flagship should pack a 3,200mAh power cell. Compared to the Galaxy S8, that’s an increase of 200mAh. 
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Sprint's Magic Box adds network capacity and increases data speeds from the sky

Looking for a way to expand the reach of its 2.5GHz spectrum for up to 10 square miles (at least to start), Sprint has started testing its Magic Box as an aerial small cell solution. The Sprint Magic Box is a signal booster than when on the ground, increases download and upload speeds by as much as 200% within a range of 30,000 square feet. In the air, the Magic Box can connect on the ground with a Sprint cell site, COW (Cell on Wheels) or SatCOLT (Satellite Cell Site on Light Truck) to provide service to customers. Using a drone, the Magic Box is lifted as much as 400 feet in the air.

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Sprint may ‘dramatically boost’ LTE Plus capacity and coverage in the US

LTE Plus speeds on Sprint may not be too far from a sizeable buff up, as the company recently field-tested a new technology in the city of Suwon, South Korea, in a joint effort with Samsung. The Massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) tech, which was the subject matter of the test, has potential to bring Sprint customers in the US better coverage and mobile Internet capabilities.

Massive MIMO is used in a variety of communication technologies, from Wi-Fi to 4G bands, and vastly increases the capacity of a wireless connection. In a wireless network, data is exchanged …

Moto Z2 Play is certified in China: 5.5-inch screen, 4GB RAM and 20% lower battery capacity

The Moto Z Play has made a name for itself thanks to the 3510mAh battery it sports. Add to that large capacity cell the power sipping Snapdragon 625 chipset that is found under the hood, and you have a phone that allows you to walk right past the outlets in your home, the office, the airports, or in the library. But the sequel to the phone, the Moto Z2 Play, is apparently not going to give users the same opportunity to go without a charge for two to three days.

With the Moto Z2 Play getting certified by Chinese regulatory agency TENAA (which is similar to the FCC in the U.S.) we understand …

Screenshots of Samsung Galaxy Note 7R confirm lower capacity juicer and Android 7.0 on board

Yesterday, we told you that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7R had been certified by the FCC. While this often means that a handset is coming to the U.S., that isn’t always the case. The original reports had the refurbished version of last year’s recalled phablet launching in Vietnam and South Korea. With the company’s focus on the already released Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+, and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8, there really isn’t much room for a refurbished Galaxy Note 7 to be marketed in the U.S.

What we can show you today are several screenshots of the Galaxy Note 7R, including …

Report: Apple's OLED 3D Touch panel vendors to spend $315 million for capacity expansion

General Interface Solution and TPK Holding have been named as members of the Apple iPhone 8 supply chain in a report published today. Both companies are allegedly producing OLED 3D Touch panels for the special tenth anniversary Apple iPhone 8 model. Between the two companies, they are believed to be dropping $315 million into the project with the money being spent to expand production capacity. Both already supply touch panels for Apple with GIS delivering touch screens for the iPad Pro, and TPK providing the same component for the iPhone.

The Apple iPhone 8 (or iPhone X according to some …

AT&T turned off its 2G network on January 1st; spectrum will be used to expand 4G LTE capacity

Just announced on Monday, AT&T greeted the new year by shutting down its 2G network. So much has taken place in the wireless industry since AT&T launched the network. Since 2007, data use on AT&T’s network has grown an astonishing 250,000% led by video streaming. 2007, of course, was the year that the Apple iPhone first launched as an exclusive on AT&T. The carrier first announced that it was going to shut down its 2G pipeline more than four years ago.

The nation’s second largest carrier says that it will use the spectrum over the next few months to expand its LTE network. …

Apple launch iPhone 7 with 256GB storage capacity fast charging

iPhone 7 may do away with 64GB storage option, won’t feature OLED display

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A new forecast coming from analyst house TrendForce confirms recent reports that Apple is planning to offer a 256GB version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models along with the 128GB storage option. Apple is expected to give up on the 64GB storage version. The report also reveals that the upcoming devices could feature 32GB of memory as their base models, thus getting rid of the 16GB version altogether.

Also, the display would not be a part of the upgrade line-up, so the one that’s currently available on the iPhone 6s will be offered on the next models, probably with small changes.

“The display of iPhone 7, however, will not feature a significant breakthrough. This also signifies that LTPS LCD has reached its peak in development and is unlikely to make another big technological leap in the future,” the analysts estimate.

The Plus model will come with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and this is very likely to be one of the features exclusively available on the 5.5-inch version. On the other hand, the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will come with 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM and will feature only a small camera update.

“The 5.5-inch iPhone 7 will be the first in series to have 3GB of memory in the form of four stacked 6GB mono-die modules. The additional memory is used to process the images taken from the dual-camera,” the report reads.

It also reiterates that Apple won’t include OLED displays this year, and will launch them in iPhones in 2017 or 2018. TrendForce also predicted no big change to the iPhone 7’s screen technology, a choice that would disappoint fans hoping for rich colours offered by AMOLED display technology. Also, previous leaks suggest a new, more powerful A10 processor and GPU SoC, and the omission of the 3.5mm audio jack. The upcoming iPhone is said to be 1mm slimmer, and house a Smart Connector at the back for connecting the Smart Keyboard cover or other device like charging docks.

While it is a well-known fact that MacBooks charge iPhones faster than a typical laptop, the leaked photos of the upcoming MacBook Pro line-up indicates that it would havea total of four USB-C ports, two on each side of the device. In other words, these ports available on the next-generation MacBook Pro can be used for charging, data transfers, external monitors and basically everything that involves external connectivity including iPhone charging.

Current Macs that come with USB 2.0 ports can produce 500 mA (Milliamps) at 5V, while a USB 3.0 port offers 900 mA at 5V. USB Type-C, or generally referred as USB-C, adds support for 1.5 A and 3.0 A power currents at 5V. With these specifications, a MacBook with USB-C can charge the iPhone significantly faster, as the upcoming MacBook is coming only with USB-C ports.

The upcoming iPhone 7 will get rid of the USB and bring in Lightning cable and replace it with a USB-C to Lightning version that would allow users to charge their phones using the new MacBook’s USB-C ports.

Since the new MacBook Pro is expected to come with USB-C ports exclusively, it would meant that the iPhone 7 will not only get a new cable to connect to the laptop, but also benefit from the faster charging times offered by this new standard.