HTC One (M8) is the first U.S. smartphone to support carrier aggregation

HTC One (M8) is the first U.S. smartphone to support carrier aggregation
The HTC One (M8) was unveiled and launched, both taking place on Tuesday. And, it also is the first smartphone in the states to support carrier aggregation, which is used on LTE-Advanced networks. The aggregation "stitches together" two downlink transmissions which essentially increases the speed of the signal, and increases its strength.

We recently told you how AT&T used carrier aggregation to bring LTE-A speeds to Chicago. The nation's second largest carrier thus becomes the first U.S. carrier to use aggregation in the states. And while it doesn't increase capacity, as we pointed out previously, the technology is similar to exchanging two skinny pipelines for one big fat one. Sprint will employ the technology in the second half of this year, in conjunction with Sprint Spark. And both Verizon and T-Mobile will also have such technology embedded in its network.

As we see more carriers start to use aggregation, more smartphones will have what the HTC One (M8) has, which is support for this technology. Actually, the Samsung Galaxy S5 also supports aggregation, and could have been the first U.S. smartphone to include it, but by the luck of the draw, HTC launched its new flagship phone first.

source: GigaOM

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One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Nice and all but it will fail against the Z2 and the S5..

2. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

your a samsung paid troll everyone knows you here.

14. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

No, Kishin's right, the One M8 is a failure compared to the S5 and Z2.

23. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Nope its just facts..Read comment 5..

36. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

Is that the phone god who wrote that comment ? C'mon dude.

41. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

yes, because Samsung is bankrolling online trolls to defend its honor on websites!

40. Nexus_bear

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

What does releasing software into the play store have to do with how your personal opinions on other manufacturers? You don't even give any explanation to your undeveloped thought. What will fail against the Z2 and S5. And how will it fail? But it doesn't matter because the article has to do with how HTC is releasing their software for whom ever wants to utilize it. Undeveloped and pointless statement

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Bonus equipment ftw!

4. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

This phone survives the water test!

8. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

LOL Do you really believe that there are not demages on this phone??? LOL Do not link this video because if all the 20-30 ppl that will buy this phone , try the same at home, will search for you, after this test.:)

5. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

1)Bad, bad , bad camera 2)Size and weight like Note 3 , but display smaller even than S5 3)Not the best version of S801 4)Not water and dust proof like Z2 and S5 (the non-swappable battery I will not mention even) And this mumbo-jumbo "premium aluminum" or "even more metal" , is pathetic. The "stunning" All New HTC One (lol) will sell even less than the original , there are real reasons for that

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

You just mentioned the non-swappable battery.

9. rkaahean

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 23, 2014

'Not the best version of S801'? Is that even a reason to hate a phone. Other than the crappy camera, this is a pretty awesome phone. Haters gonna hate.

12. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

If the SoC was the only reason, I woudn't call this phone - flop. Besides I do not hate the phone. It's still OK phone. I hate the manipulators here , that are iphone users pretending to be android lovers. And they even win the polls. ROTFL

37. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

It actually is a water resistant. Dont know about the camera. But what i hearing from the childhood is, aluminum weighs more than plastic.

39. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Seriously... WHO CARES about the weight of the phone?? Are you that much he sissy man that the phone will be too heavy for you? Or too big because you have baby hands? No one cares that you don't like the phone. You're not going to change anyone's mind. Go troll along someplace else with the rest of your fellow Samsung lovers. Its people like you that make others hate Samsung. And if removable batteries were such a huge problem, the iPhone and other devices with non removable batteries wouldn't sell millions of devices. Non removable batteries is only the bane of the tech geek. The average consumer couldn't care less about if a phone has a removable battery or not.

6. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

It won't beat the Z2, but the s5? Lets be honest with ourselves.... lol.

11. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

OK, Lets be honest about S5 : 1) Great 5.1" AMOLED display with 2nits up to 500 nits brightness and no reflection , make it the best outdoor display yet. Plus the colorful and natural color modes and the greatest contrast 2) Smaller thinner lighter device than new HTC One , even with a bit bigger display 3)The version of S801 is better than HTC One 4) Bigger battery than HTC One , (Yet to see if the power saving features of HTC One mach to the unique S5 power saving features) 5)Water and dust resistant (just do not link me this fake video on you tube) 6) New tech camera on S5 that HTC should be ashamed . 7) Dual antena new Wi-FI and dounload-booster

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You also forgot removable battery. :')

25. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

PapaSmurc - Well known samsung troll ( and 12 years of age) The-sailor-man - member since yesterday, probably posting direct from the BIG samsung R&D center where they spend 50 billion a year to find good names for plastic. For you my darling trolls and the other let's have a few things clear : 80 CORE processor, 50 gig of ram and 50 mp camera won't change the ugliness the S5 unfortunately is. It is so dam ugly that even you pathetic trolls \ fanboys don't stand the smallest chance in defending it. I KNOW ITS HARD, to see other manufacturers apart from yr beloved constantly releasing beautiful devices... but who knows...keep believing.. maybe one day you will actually have a device to be pround of, till then, please take a chill pill and less trolling. It's pathetic, really ! P.s. smurc please tell us about what other gadgets u have in the house and how well yr doing on Yr 2 paid jobs...thatwill def make u sound more mature than 12

26. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

It took to you some time to copy and paste the same comment on all the articles here. Take tour time and think the same way to all the phones. Enjoy life and diversification (also opinions and what other loves-fan).

34. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

and i'm still getting the one...

38. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Yes it includes all of that but you're forgetting the m8 has features and aspects not included on/in the GS5, that device just is not for me. Having said that honestly, they're both Extremely Premium andn high end and doubtful anybody would be disappointed with either choice. You want a better camera, go with GS5. Do you want a Premium build quality and Lightning fast response, go with the m8. Let's be honest, all of us know what we're getting into when we make a choice.

28. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

im not a samsung fan, in fact i had bad impression with them... but that doesnt change the fact that m8 hardly beat the s5, minus the design.

10. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Awesome phone, best android option for the year. Power and beauty, rare combination. Good job HTC.

17. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

CAT 4 on the GS5 is different I guess? But either way, the GS5 write/read/download speeds will smoke this.

20. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

The S5 has a larger screen and is still smaller(it's in fact wider 73mm vs 70mm). So the new One is in fact easier to hold since it's less wide and wtf: Didn't know that 5.1" vs 5.0" has so much difference in screen size. U really know tech very well. 5.1" is actually so larger that the LG G2 feels too small! If you use plastic, you're expected to be much smaller compared to glass and aluminum. This is why the LG G2 remains 3rd best(or actually better than except for epic fail no micro sd slot) behind Z2 and new One. And now Sammy lovers actually loving Sony phones. That's indeed a very good news for the world!

22. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Let's be more clear; S5 Dimensions 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm Weight 145 g HTC One M8 Dimensions 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm Weight 160 g So? And this thickness and weigh with smaller battery. LOL . And 4.4mm longer. Z2 is even bigger brick. But not such total flop like the HTC One M8, because have better features. Which phone is first , which is the last we'll see very soon.

27. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

so why does weight matter? let alone 15 grams?

32. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

15 grams of cocaine is a LOT... On a serious note the ONE M8 is a big phone, S5 is a big phone, Z2 is a big phone. 2-3 extra millimetres makes almost no difference when the phone isn't wide as wide as the note 3 is. Trolls and haters will say anything just to make their day happier knowing they won an online battle that no average user gives a s**t about. Its not a coincidence that new HTC ads are trolling the online trolls. Everyone is sick of them. Dont like it? Fine. But dont be an ass making people be s**t just cause you hate it.

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