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  • 3DoubleD - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - link

    So to increase data speed they are sacrificing CPU power by using only dual core A8's vs dual core A9's in the other models?

    ... weak... very weak.

    The writers at Anandtech always knock phones that aren't "4G", but what's the real world impact performance difference between phones with 10, 20, 40, 100 mbps download speeds? The answer is barely anything from my experience, although I'd welcome them to prove otherwise. I "only" get 15 mbps cable internet at home to my i7 desktop, why do I need more than 2x that on my relatively slow phone.

    This "GHz"-like race with 3G/"4G" in the US is destroying the phone market. This is really disappointing. Guess I'll wait for the Nexus Prime, I'm sure it won't disappoint!
  • kylewat - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - link

    Latency is the key stat. 4G reduces latency and you'll surely see increased preformance because of that. Reply
  • bah12 - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - link

    The main benefit IMHO is tethering. You are correct I don't really need 10mbs+ on my phone. However if the coverage and latency was good at your house, it could replace your ISP at home. This represents a pretty significant savings. Not to mention in my testings I rarely if ever see more than 1.5mbs on 3G, so getting 10 or so is noticeable even on the rather weak hardware in the phone. Reply
  • Dug - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - link

    It could replace your ISP at home, but what about data caps. I couldn't imagine being caped at 5GB. So what good is the speed? Reply
  • z0mb13n3d - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - link

    While it makes sense as to why T-Mobile decided to make the trade-off between the Samsung Exynos and the lower-end Qualcomm APQ8060 for potentially better data throughput, what doesn't make sense to me is whether this trade-off is even worth it.

    In an ideal (or imaginary) world with no caps on data, users would greatly benefit from the higher HSPA+ speeds, especially on tablet devices. However, given the reality of the situation, better speeds only mean that you will blow through your paltry data allowance much faster. To add to this, given that T-Mobile arguably has the smallest network in the US, the possibility of a user hitting full HSPA+ 42 speeds on a regular basis is also greatly reduced.

    IMHO, T-Mobile should have just stuck to the Exynos and HSPA+ 21, as the obvious benefits of this combination would have been much more acceptable to most people. What they've now done is just added a Samsung-branded Sensation 4G to their roster, which is surprising given that Samsung recently announced that the 'S' line of devices would be their very best.
  • imkrispy - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - link

    snapdragons are not a8's, they are scorpion cores based of arm v7 architecture

    a8 and a9 are both also arm v7, the scorpion cores are custom. you can think of them being between a8 and a9
  • dfgddfdf - Thursday, September 01, 2011 - link

    Come go and see, will not regret it Oh look


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