Samsung launches 1.2Gbps LTE modem

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Samsung says the increase speed should allow "users to download a full-length movie in HD resolution within 10 seconds". To get such speeds, mobile operators allow the chips to grab multiple LTE frequencies, like 800Mhz and 1.8GHz, and combine them. Users will also be able to enjoy buffer-less video calls and mobile live-broadcasting. The modem will be included in the company's next generation of flagship chipsets, which will likely be included in regional variants of next year's Galaxy S9.

Today, Samsung announced its next LTE modem, which will be capable of downlink speeds of 1.2Gbps.

This 6CA 1.2Gbps LTE modem technology is an accomplishment after announcing the industry's first 1Cbps modem technology to support 5CA through the launch of Exynos 9 in February and will be first applied to a mobile process that will be mass-produced at the end of this year. As The Verge highlights, carriers are still somewhat behind the times as Sprint only earlier this year added support for three-carrier aggregation. "By increasing the aggregation capability from the previous model's five bandwidths to six, the new LTE modem technology will offer faster yet more stable data transfers".

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Samsung claims that the new technology has been built to support 4×4 MIMO (Multiple-input, Multiple-output) and a higher-order of 256 QAM (Quadrature amplitude modulation) scheme which will maximise the data transfer rate.

Of course, if you're in the USA, you'll still most likely be getting the Qualcomm versions of Samsung's handsets, but that's OK.

Samsung said its new Cat.18 6CA LTE modem technology achieves up to 1.2Gbps.

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