Normally gains in smartphone technology are realized through improvements in components like the processors or better screens or beefed up cameras. One area poised to see gains in the not too distant future is in connection speed, but it is going to take the work of both smartphone manufacturers and wireless carriers to make this happen. T-Mobile is working on it and has made significant investments in 600MHz spectrum which will provide the framework for the eventual deployment of 5G technology and speeds. In anticipation of that, the carrier revealed today that at least a couple devices will be able to tap into the new spectrum this year. The devices appear to be the LG V30 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
According to a series of tweets by T-Mobile CTO Ray Neville, the carrier is deploying their new 600MHz spectrum much faster than anticipated with the two-year schedule now compressed down to only six months. Whether customers will be able to achieve 5G type speeds is unclear, but they will certainly benefit from faster 4G LTE speeds on the new spectrum.
Also happy to announce that @TMobile customers will be able to take advantage of 600 MHz with devices THIS YEAR from 2 OEMs – Samsung & LG!
— Neville (@NevilleRay) July 17, 2017
To take advantage of the faster speed though, consumers will need devices capable of supporting it and Neville indicated that both Samsung and LG will have such devices ready this year. He did not name specific devices, but in a subsequent post he did not contradict claims that the Galaxy Note 8 and V30 will be compatible.
Some have noted that with LG being the manufacturer for the new Google Pixel XL 2 device, Neville’s statement could also apply to that phone. If true, that would be a nice development for Google as there is currently no expectation that Apple is ready to include the necessary hardware in their new devices this year to support 5G speeds giving Google and Android a nice selling feature.
Are you eager for 5G speeds to be available via the wireless carriers?
source: Ray Neville (Twitter)