AT&T 5G Evolution launches today with the help of Samsung's Galaxy S8

AT&T 5G Evolution launches today with the help of Samsung's Galaxy S8

Remember that faster mobile network that AT&T promised back in February? This is now a reality, at least in select parts of Austin, Texas, where AT&T just switched on what it's calling "5G Evolution."

According to AT&T, 5G Evolution "offers twice the speeds of [its] 4G LTE network." Mind you, this is not true 5G. Actual 5G standards have yet to be finalized, so we won't be seeing any real 5G networks before 2019 the earliest. Nevertheless, 5G Evolution is now here to "pave the way to the next generation of faster speeds," as AT&T puts it.

For the moment, only owners of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ (pictured above) can enjoy the faster data speeds that AT&T's 5G Evolution is enabling. As you probably know, both the S8 and S8+ can be bought from AT&T - and all other relevant US carriers - since last week.

AT&T says it'll soon launch 5G Evolution in other areas across the US, starting with Indianapolis (sometime this summer). By the end of the year, 5G Evolution should be available in over 20 major metropolitan areas stateside, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, and San Francisco.

source: AT&T

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23 Comments

1. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

If this isn't standardized 5g and it still offers twice the speed of 4g, wow. Still a long ways away.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

When 4G first came out, it wasn't true 4G. It was 3G+ basically. TMo has gotten faster too. The S8 has a 1GB capable modem. Catch up US carriers.

18. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

No, when 4G came out it was 4G, it was at&t that decided to call hspa+ 4G, then t mobile followed suit but yes it was still 3.5G and 3.75G what these guys were falsely claiming as 4G

23. combatmedic870

Posts: 983; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Maybe they will finally hit the 4glte standard now.

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1311; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Since the standards aren't finalized... what speeds are they seeing in Austin?

4. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

They're probably just referring to Gigabit LTE tbh.

7. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Nope. Not even. It's up to 400Mpbs. AKA - what Verizon and T-Mobile already have live on their networks in many cities nationwide. (Theoretical speeds for all 3 of them only of course). Verizon branded it as LTE-Advanced and T-Mobile didn't brand it as anything.

10. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Oh jeez, that's kinda dumb. AT&T is just catching up, then.

11. bucknassty

Posts: 1311; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Ah i see, i havent paid much attention to theoretical speeds since they will never be achievable in real life

12. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Well... that's not exactly true. T-Mobile HAS been able to get it to 900 something Mbps, but that was in a lab test. https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news-and-blogs/samsung-galaxy-s8-preorder-amazingness-and-ludicrous-lte-speeds.htm

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I just happen to own one....in Las Vegas

5. Alter

Posts: 220; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

Maybe Vegas will get it before 2018. Atlanta is on the list with a smaller population.

6. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

Is that where they usually start offering next gen cellular speeds usually?

9. Alter

Posts: 220; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

I'm not sure, but it fits the description "5G Evolution should be available in over 20 major metropolitan areas stateside" which is why I said maybe.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We got LTE pretty fast, so hopefully.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Basically this is similar to when HSPA+ was considered 4G.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Exactly. Which was actually...3G+

16. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Though apparently, the "5G" that AT&T is touting isn't even on par with Gigabit LTE.

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I'll just wait for the real 5G to be standardized. 4G is still fast enough, so not in a hurry for 5G.

17. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Here we go again. As mention already we all remember the whole 4G spec thing when the 4G consortium gave the whole speed rating to be consider 4G . Along came T-Mobile yelling that it's HSPA+ should be consider 4G as they were pushing just a little more speed then everyone else. and Bam, the consortium caves like little babies and redefined 4G to include HSPA+ So I predict same thing here - consortium will come out with the standard and AT&T will cry and BAM, they cave again and 5G will include LTE minimum speeds

19. iDroidx650

Posts: 83; Member since: May 26, 2010

This is just a marketing ploy by AT&T. They are using 4x4 MIMO, 256 QAM, and carrier aggregation to brand their 5G evolution. Tmobile has been using mimo and 256 qam since 2016. The only thing at&t has is 4 channel carrier aggregation which Tmobile has max of 3 channel until their spectrum purchase is put in use on 600mhz.

21. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

LTE is still ready good. So don't mind if it takes a bit. But couldn't wait to move past 3G.

22. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Every time a new G data level comes out, AT&T has to jump the gun with their own Fake version. Trust in AT&T is in the gutter.

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