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LG V30 and Galaxy Note 8 could offer better signal reception, thanks to possible low-frequency support

LG V30 and Galaxy Note 8 could offer better signal reception, thanks to possible low-frequency support
Earlier this year, T-Mobile quadrupled its low-frequency spectrum by acquiring a large portion of the 600MHz spectrum in the US. By the end of the year, the carrier is expected to have upwards of 1 million square miles of coverage in the 600MHz range.

Lower frequency signals, such as the 600MHz one, travel farther and ‘deeper’ than, say, higher frequencies, such as the 2.5GHz band that Sprint widely utilizes. Higher frequency signals are usually the reason to experience connection issues inside of buildings and complete absence of signal when you are in the subway, for example. The 600MHz band, on the other hand, provides lower-frequency waves that are capable of penetrating walls and windows, and travelling longer distances than higher-frequency waves.

The thing is that we don’t really have smartphones that can receive the lower signal, not even the most expensive of flagships. But back in March, T-Mo’s CTO Neville Ray asserted that Samsung will deliver a 600MHz-enabled smartphone before the end of this year, but gave no other detail. Today we have received yet another confirmation from him, coming through a Twitter post once again, saying that both Samsung and LG will launch such devices this year. It’s time to put on our detective caps!



Now, we are no Sherlock Holmes, but it seems kind of clear what Ray may be on about. Earlier this year, Qualcomm announced that it would be adding 600MHz support to its Snapdragon 835 and 836 chips, both of which have been rumoured as possible silicon in the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. LG is also due to show off the V30 handset in Berlin next month, while the phone is also expected to come with the Snapdragon 835 inside. The Snapdragon 835 chips that are currently in devices, such as the Galaxy S8 or the OnePlus 5, do not offer 600MHz support, but future reiterations of the chips might do. So two and two makes four, right?

Ray has accentuated with capital letters that the 600MHz LG and Samsung phones will launch in the current year, which also makes us feel that the math above is correct, as both devices are set to make an appearance in the following months. The release date for Note 8 is really not clear this year, but we know for sure that we will be seeing the LG V30 on the 31st of August, so we reckon that’s when our wondering will be put to rest. Either way, we should expect to see more 600MHz-enabled smartphones in the future, and we are curious as to whether Apple might be prepping such a device for its anniversary lineup this autumn. But we definitely will need to call Sherlock up for this one!

via 9To5Google

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posted on 19 Jul 2017, 07:21 1

1. pacattack81 (Posts: 120; Member since: 08 Dec 2016)


What band number is 600mhz? Is it only used by TMobile?

posted on 19 Jul 2017, 08:14 1

3. zunaidahmed (Posts: 1042; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


71 possibly, but I maybe wrong

posted on 19 Jul 2017, 09:03

4. drazwy (Posts: 234; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


Band 71 is correct.

Also, Tmo. Comcast, Dish, AT&T, US Cellular, Cspire purchased spectrum in Band 71. Verizon and Sprint did not purchase any.

posted on 19 Jul 2017, 07:45 1

2. dbmcelroy (Posts: 41; Member since: 10 Nov 2015)


LG provided this band capability last year for the V20. I am glad to know I will be ready to make use of the frequency with my V20. Thank you LG.

posted on 19 Jul 2017, 10:06

6. det_bradlee (Posts: 98; Member since: 08 Jun 2015)


No...

posted on 19 Jul 2017, 11:27 1

8. emcdonald75 (Posts: 123; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


No Band 71 (600MHz) support in the V20. Band 66 support is in the V20, which is the AWS-3 band.

posted on 19 Jul 2017, 09:09

5. trojan_horse (Posts: 4928; Member since: 06 May 2016)


Way to go, SamLG!

posted on 19 Jul 2017, 11:26

7. MrShazam (Posts: 292; Member since: 22 Jun 2017)


There's one of several handy under the hood improvements to expect in the Note 8 over the S8+, but some will still only see an S8+ with an S-Pen.

posted on 19 Jul 2017, 12:19 1

9. MartyK (Posts: 946; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


One would think, 835 chip should've came with this band already..

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