Galaxy S9 hits 5G download speeds on a current LTE network

Galaxy S9 hits 5G download speeds on a current LTE network
We are on the cusp of the 5G network cameo, but it won't be televised, as this is no revolution in terms of overall download speed increases compared to what current LTE networks are capable of, at least in the initial 5G iteration. The new standard mostly brings latency and load distribution upgrades, meaning that you can hook up many more connected devices on the same tower with minimal impact.

When it comes to speeds, though... those theoretical 20Gbps can only be hit in lab conditions with frequencies that aren't widespread, whereas the more realistic scenarios are derived from Qualcomm's real-life 5G testing earlier this year that returned 490Mbps for the median user. Well, there are phones on the market that can hit 1Gbps+ already, and with current commercial networks at that. 

To prove that point, the Spanish carrier Telefónica aggregated three bands of licensed radio spectrum, and dubbed the LTE Advanced Pro tech as "4.9G" with a good reason. Taking advantage of the Gigabit LTE modem in the Galaxy S9 they managed to achieve consistent 1Gbps download speeds in real-life conditions on a commercial network. That will keep you warm until mass 5G rollout on phones that won't happen before 2020, and phones like the Galaxy S9 or ones with any future 8-series Snapdragons will be able to usher you in the 4.9G realm with ease.

Thanks to their Snapdragon 845 chipset, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ sport Qualcomm's X20 Gigabit LTE modem that can also top at 1.2Gbps, provided that your carrier can supply such speeds, of course. The Galaxy S10 is already rumored to be "5G-ready," so the ball is now in Apple's court, and the recent developments with Qualcomm and Intel modem partnerships show that Apple is adamant to find a 5G solution worthy of its iPhones.

source: VB

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Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)



3. Papa_Ji

Posts: 873; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

It's time for Tim cook to buy S9 for all it's workers. and ask them... this is how a smartphone is made.

4. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Samsung needs to start buying the S9’s for their workers, given the poor sales of the S9’s it’s apparent not even Samsung workers like the phone.

5. Papa_Ji

Posts: 873; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Why should i (user) should care about sales numbers....I only wants the best and i.e. S9

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

If it was the best it would sell better.

9. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Being the best has nothing to do with sales. Apple markets their ecosystem with their phones. the iOS is only available with iOS device. Samsung can't Market their ecosystem seeing as the phone relies on Android which is available from many manufacturers. Also Samsung sells several tiers of Phones because they know not everyone should be forced to pay upwards of $700 for a new phone for features they don't need or want. Also Toyotas sell better than Mercedes, are you saying that Toyotas are better made cars?

11. Macready

Posts: 1829; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Yes, because only the best sells best. See Mcdonalds hamburgers for best food, Toyota Corolla is current best car, best music at the moment comes from BTS, etc. Wait, by that logic the best OS is Android. Ugh, the difficulty of logical consistency in a fallacy.

13. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Don’t be so moody, it’s not your fault the S9 is selling poorly.

18. Macready

Posts: 1829; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

I couldn't care less about sales since they don't affect me financially and certainly not emotionally. Just pointing out the obvious illogical part called fallacy. Maybe you're projecting what turns you on to others here?

17. TVMonitor

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

The S9 model in question is powered by the Exynos, not Snapdragon. The Exynos is always faster than the Snapdragon in both CPU speed and modem bandwidth.

6. deleon629

Posts: 474; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

That's great news...Tell the world that the phone now has more functionality added to the laundry list of things that's already killing the sub-par battery life...smh

7. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Sub-par battery life Go watch some videos battery life is just fine.

10. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

if the battery has a short life it's usually a result from the users choices. (running the screen at high brightness levels, top resolution outside of Games/Movies, not closing background apps, leaving on BT/Wifi/LTE without need) But at least it's the users choice to kill the battery life, rather than the manufacturer forcing an update and throttling it's performance

21. OmegaJACK

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 10, 2018

Kirin 970 already achieve 1.2Gbps download for almost 1 year ago, got anything new?

23. dEHuNT3R

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 11, 2018

I cant wait to saw that Signal or logo 5G

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