Qualcomm's new X24 LTE modem can reach a ridiculously fast 2 gbps

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You future smartphone could be ridiculously fast even without 5G.

That’s the promise of Qualcomm’s latest LTE chip: the Snapdragon X24, which the company says is capable of hitting blazing-fast download speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second. 

Now, as we’ve noted before, the company’s touted top speed is more of a best case scenario, rather than a guarantee. There are many other factors that determine network speeds other than the modem. 

Even so, there’s a good reason to be at least cautiously optimistic about Qualcomm’s latest milestone: it’s a very good sign for the future of 5G. Read more…

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Back in December, we reported on an Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code discovery that indicated how Google may allow carriers to hide the signal strength listing in a phone’s settings with upcoming new versions of Android, like 9.0 Pie, or whatever it gets called. New commits unearthed from AOSP, however, show that the practice may extend even further, to the good old signal strength bars that show in everyone’s top screen.
Needless to say, carriers won’t be able to hide them, as that would be radical, but they might be now be able to determine the distribution …

Galaxy S9 to support the S8's LTE bands, have the same 'tuned by AKG' headphones

We just dove in the FCC’s Galaxy S9 filings, and, among wireless testing equipment lists and frequency distributions, a few tidbits of info flesh out the S9 a bit more for us end users. First off, the FCC lists that the phone, codenamed SMG960U (for US carriers), will support no less than 24 LTE bands.

While that’s just a band short from the current record holders – Apple’s iPhone crop, whose Japanese models support 25 – it’s still the same number of bands listed for the S8 as well. This generous number of LTE frequencies that the S9 will support means that the unlocked …

Switch to MetroPCS and get 4 lines of unlimited LTE data for $100

MetroPCS, a T-Mobile prepaid brand since 2013, has a tempting offer for anyone willing to ditch a competing US carrier in 2018. If you switch to MetroPCS and port-in your number, you can get four lines of unlimited monthly LTE data, talk, and text for $100 – that’s just $25 per line. You can even add a 5th line at just $25 per month, but not a 6th one. There’s a downside to all this, as tethering (aka sharing your internet connection) is not available. Even so, we’d say this is a nice deal for families.  
If you don’t need four lines of service, MetroPCS …

Here are all the phones that will support Verizon's Gigabit LTE network

Verizon plans to light up its Gigabit Class LTE network in select markets in the United States during 2018. Although the carrier has yet to reveal the regions where its new network will be available starting this year, we do have a list of devices that will support Gigabit LTE.

If you’ve been following our Verizon-related news, then you probably know that a handful of smartphones have already been updated by the carrier with support for its Gigabit LTE network.

You’ll most likely identify them in the list below, which contains all the smartphones that will …

Apple's iPhone 9, Xs and Xs Plus may hit gigabit LTE with MediaTek and Intel inside


Apple may be switching to MediaTek as an extra wireless modem supplier indeed, to fill the hole in its soul left by the patent battle with Qualcomm. It is already using inferior Intel modems for most of its 2018 iPhones on GSM carriers, but, unfortunately (for Apple, that is), it has to use Qualcomm on CDMA ones like Verizon or Sprint in the US, and it’s exactly the those licensing and royalties fees that it is trying to escape from.

That may all come to an end next year, when sources say that Intel will be supplying the vast majority of iPhone modems with its new gigabit LTE creation, …

Pixel 2 vs iPhone X vs Note 8 vs LG V30 LTE speeds test crowns the Google phone


Apple uses two different modems in its latest iPhone X – by Qualcomm or Intel – with the Qualcomm one being its latest X16 that features prominently in all 2017 flagships like the Galaxy S8, LG V30, or the Pixel 2. It allows for up to 1Gbps download speeds, and will only be replaced by a faster, 1.2Gbps modem when phones with Snapdragon 845 hit the market in the spring. Well, save for the Mate 10 Pro, which already has a X18 1.2Gbps modem inside, but it is not tuned to the US LTE bands to take advantage here. The Intel piece, on the other side, maxes out at 600Mbps, so Apple had to basically …

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray looks back at 4G LTE in 2017, and ahead to 5G by 2020

On a recently released video, T-Mobile’s Chief Technical Officer Neville Ray recited his thoughts on the year about to end, while looking ahead at what the future might bring for the nation’s third largest carrier. Ray discussed the 600MHz spectrum that T-Mobile won in the FCC’s auction of airwaves no longer being used by television broadcasters. The low frequency airwaves travel farther and penetrate buildings better than spectrum carrying higher frequencies. T-Mobile wasted no time employing some of its newly owned 600MHz spectrum for 4G LTE.

With the spectrum won by T-Mobile from …

New Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ software update brings Verizon Gigabit Class LTE support

Not long after updating the Moto Z2 Force with support for Gigabit
Class LTE, Verizon Wireless is now ready to push a similar update to the
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. In fact, according to Droid-life, some
Verizon Galaxy S8 owners have already received the update.

 

Reportedly, the new software build that Verizon’s Galaxy S8 is
receiving is G950USQU2BQK5, while the new build number for the Galaxy S8+ is G955USQU2BQK5
– as the screenshot on the left is showing. In addition to support for Gigabit
Class LTE, the update brings the latest (November) security patch to the two
smartphones. …

Apple Watch Series 4 to have faster LTE connectivity

This year, we saw the first Apple Watch that can be connected to your cellular provider — the Apple Watch Series 3 with its eSIM. The gadget allows you to leave your phone at home and still be able to make and receive texts and calls, get and reply to emails, chats, and so on. As for the next generation, it seems Apple is working on doing much of the same, but faster.

In the latest iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Apple uses a new type of flexible circuit board made from a liquid crystal polymer. It’s employed in the construction of the antenna designs and is lauded for being …