LTE

Qualcomm announced its first LTE Advanced Pro modem, the X16 LTE, last February, supporting downlink speeds of up to 1.0 Gbps. Today the company announced its second-generation gigabit class LTE modem, the Snapdragon X20 LTE, along with some new RF front-end components. The Snapdragon X20 LTE modem will use Samsung’s latest 10nm LPE process and offer a few key enhancements over the X16 LTE modem integrated into the Snapdragon 835 SoC. First, the X20 gains support for 5x carrier aggregation (5x20MHz), allowing for more flexible use of available licensed and unlicensed spectrum with over 1000 possible carrier aggregation band combinations. It also increases the number of usable spatial streams from 10 to 12 by performing 4x4 MIMO on three aggregated carriers. These improvements allow the...

Novatel MiFi 4620L Jetpack Available on April 12th for $49.99

We got a chance to check out Novatel's next generation MiFi at CES this past January, and came away impressed with the update. Officially titled the Novatel Wireless MiFi...

12 by Vivek Gowri on 3/28/2012

ST-Ericsson's NovaThor L8540: 28nm Cortex A9 SoC with Integrated LTE

ST-E is currently laying out its strategy for the company going forward, having suffered a tremendous reduction in revenue as the mobile market has changed dramatically over the past...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/28/2012

Nvidia Announces LTE Partnership with Renesas Mobile and GCT Semiconductor

Nvidia's announcement today is a bit interesting, as it seems to head-off one of the most commonly perpetuated rumors that I read online in the SoC space. Namely, that...

2 by Brian Klug on 2/23/2012

T-Mobile Makes 2013 LTE on AWS plans official in Earnings Report

In T-Mobile USA's fourth quarter 2011 earnings report, the magenta-branded carrier made official its plans to deliver LTE in 2013 on its AWS spectrum holdings, which were recently bolstered...

6 by Brian Klug on 2/23/2012

LG's Optimus Vu Takes On Samsung's Galaxy Note: Are You Ready For A 5.x" Phone?

When Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note at IFA, we were excited, but a bit perplexed. The Galaxy Note's 1280x800 HD Super AMOLED display could be a big winner, but...

32 by Jason Inofuentes on 2/20/2012

Droid 4 Available February 10th for $199

It feels like we first saw images of the Droid 4 just a few days after our review went live. And so seven months later, looks like Verizon customers...

20 by Jason Inofuentes on 2/7/2012

CDMA/LTE Galaxy Nexus 4.0.4 Update Changes Signal Reporting

Back when the Verizon CDMA/LTE Galaxy Nexus released, there was much talk of a signal related issue, which we investigated. The findings back then were that there was nothing...

6 by Brian Klug on 2/6/2012

Motorola Droid RAZR, RAZR MAXX Update Enables CDRX for Better LTE Battery Life

While we don't usually cover every software update on every platform, I thought it worth noting something special about the new update which will begin going out shortly to...

7 by Brian Klug on 2/3/2012

Qualcomm and Ericsson Demonstrate SR-VCC Voice Handover from LTE to WCDMA on MSM8960

Until now, the way voice has worked on handsets with a 4G LTE air interface has been, well, interesting. That is to say, thus far all voice calls haven't...

9 by Brian Klug on 2/2/2012

US Cellular Announces Initial 4G LTE Markets, Devices

Not to be left in the dust by their big national counterparts, regional carriers are also moving onward to 4G LTE, and US Cellular today announced its initial 4G...

4 by Brian Klug on 2/1/2012

CES 2012 LTE Face-Off - AT&T versus Verizon Wireless

My friends often think I've lost my mind given how many times I run speedtests on handsets in the process of reviewing them. The reason I'm compulsive about testing...

24 by Brian Klug on 1/13/2012

Motorola Droid 4 Early Test Data Confirms RAZR Internals and Software

Motorola has produced a lot of phones in the last several months that iterate the same hardware platform. While this is typical of a manufacturer (just look at the...

9 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/12/2012

CES: Seagate Combines 500GB Portable Drive With Mobile Hotspot in Proof of Concept

While perusing the Verizon Wireless booth, a chunky little device caught our eye. Though considered a proof of concept, and not scheduled for release yet, a Seagate device was...

0 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/11/2012

Hands-on with the Sprint Galaxy Nexus LTE

Sprint had a reception this evening that gave us a chance to get a closer look at their first LTE devices: the Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot, LG Viper 4G...

6 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/11/2012

Hands-on with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE and Galaxy Note

I had a minute to chat with Philip Berne of Samsung and get my some time with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE and AT&T's recently announced LTE variant of...

4 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/10/2012

Verizon Announces Jetpack - Two new LTE-enabled WiFi Hotspots

Recently, Verizon made some waves by EOLing its entire LTE data card and personal portable hotspot line. It was pretty much obvious at that point that replacements would be...

2 by Brian Klug on 1/9/2012

Samsung Galaxy Note Joining AT&T's Stables

Ahead of their keynote, Samsung and AT&T announced that they would be the first North American carrier to sell Samsung's Phone/Tablet mash-up, the Galaxy Note. Featuring a 5.3" HD...

3 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/9/2012

AT&T Flips the LTE Switch in 11 Markets, Sprint Announces its First 4 LTE Markets

Today has been a busy day for wireless carriers in the USA, with both AT&T and Sprint making 4G LTE related announcements. AT&T today enabled LTE service in 11...

5 by Brian Klug on 1/5/2012

Sprint Ad Announces Galaxy Nexus with 1.5 GHz SoC

Sprint seems to be busy with its announcements today, and the latest comes in the form of an unassuming-looking advert on CNet. Ordinarily, a US carrier announcing yet another...

14 by Brian Klug on 1/5/2012

Samsung Promises Ice Cream Sandwich By 1Q12 For SGSII & Galaxy Note

In a post on Samsung Tomorrow, Samsung Electronics announced that they would begin rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich to the Galaxy S II variants and Galaxy Note by the...

20 by Jason Inofuentes on 12/20/2011

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