Samsung's 2018 flagships will support ultra fast LTE speeds across the globe

Samsung's 2018 flagships will support ultra fast LTE speeds across the globe
Many of you out there are probably aware of the fact that Samsung's flagships actually come in two distinct flavors: a U.S.-bound Snapdragon-powered one, and an international version with the company's in-house Exynos chipset instead. This has been happening for a while now, thanks to Qualcomm's strong grip on LTE patents stateside, and has often resulted in one version of the device being ever-so-slightly better than the other in certain use cases.

And we thought this might me the case with next year's Galaxy S9 (or whatever it ends up being called), or at least in terms of LTE speeds potential, as Qualcomm announced its next-generation X20 LTE modem, which supports speeds up to a whopping 1.2 Gbps, and there's been some indication that it's going to make its way to the company's next high-end Snapdragon 845 chipset. Or in other words, Samsung seemed to be falling behind.

However, the South Korean giant has recently announced its own top-tier modem, capable of the same Category 18 speeds as its Qualcomm-produced counterpart. And since this is undoubtedly destined for the next top-tier Exynos chipset, this should be great news for non-U.S. Samsung fans, as it means there won't be feature disparity between models — at least when it comes to LTE speeds, that is.

But new technology aside, this won't really matter to the end consumer, as real-life performance will not be impacted much, if at all. That is, while potentially supporting higher speeds is fine, it also relies on carriers actually supplying them, which more often than not is quite a tall order. 

source: Samsung via Neowin

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17 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Not hyped over these LTE speeds, as most carriers do not even offer half of it.

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

What? It's useless? Sgodsell brags about it nonstop.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I'm not sgodsell, so not sure why you're replying that to me. Besides, I do not see it as useless, just that most carriers do not offer such speeds, so it doesn't matter that much... Through consumers in countries like South Korea will find it useful due to the blazing fast LTE in that country.

5. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

8. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1344; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

True wont argue there. But remember as the IoT starts to gain momentum our devices will be ready but the carriers wont in the US. as shown in the article other countries will be ahead which will force the US carriers to implements compromise ( 4.5 G) that utilize part of the available SoC capabilities and if the device has and older Soc they will have to continue to use 4g. I hate the US carriers but we have nothing else.

9. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Okay? http://www.androidauthority.com/kt-launches-1gbps-giga-lte-617147/ 1.17Gbps is close to 1.2Gbps, no? You have no point.

11. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

"Although real world traffic usage and handset speed restrains will lower the achievable results, speeds will certainly be noticeably faster than before." Your article is dated "June 16, 2015" and mine is from Feb 2017. Any idea why their average speed is still only 37.5Mbps? You will not get anywhere close to their advertisement speeds unless you know...you live in a lab.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Max speed != Average speed Still didn't get it?

16. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Thank you ibend2 for saving trojan_horse. He couldn't provide us with proof that some SK users are able to hit that speed. Looks like you're up to the task in providing us with some screenshots/videos? We'll wait.

17. dazed1

Posts: 786; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

hey Ifanatic, if you have capacity to use your limited brain, you would know that modems which got capability of reaching such speeds, use little to NO power to get to ~50-100mbps, while your iToy use much higher mV for the same speed. Now before you try to advocate or defend your iFanatic logic, you might call for kiko 007 and try even harder, because alone you are just one useless iFanatic and nothing more.

14. Leo_MC

Posts: 6618; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Absolutely NO carrier offers those speeds, not even in SK.

6. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1344; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

No they are good - its the manufactures pushing ahead but our carriers which still, instead of concentrating on being the most robust pipes, want to sell us useless services and bloatware. It should be about high time the FCC mandate that users should not be force or strong armed into having their services and bloatware. When they can't make money off of that strategy then watch as they all race to be the fasted networks around employing these new 5G speeds

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Its better efficiency which also counts into that.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well the fact is, they can't offer the speeds because of their high network traffic. I find it amazing that people in California get Comcast-like speeds on LTE, and I'm in Chicago and I get barely above 5MBps. Though I get in Cali, maybe people are more spread out vs in Chicago where we are all concentrated. But in LA, they get better speeds than I do do. I assume they must have more towers in some places vs others. But the only way to encourage carriers to improve their networks, is to provide supporting hardware. It simply takes longer to upgrade thousands of towers and lines vs upgrading a chipset. Also if you are a traveler, you have to consider, in some places LTE is very fast, do to less traffic on the network. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to use it?

3. fyah_king unregistered

Im barely getting 30.lol

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I wasn't even talking about 1.17Gbps being the average speed. I just said basically that speed is achievable in South Korea, when merging LTE with WI-FI. From the article I linked: "By combining traditional LTEcoverage with localized WiFi networks, the service is able to provide consumers with data speeds up to an incredible 1.17Gbps." And when you say: "You will not get anywhere closeto their advertisement speeds unless you know...you live in a lab." Read this: KT has 200,000 LTE base stations and 140,000 Wi-Fi hotspots installed across the country People living around those WI-FI hotspots and LTE stations will benefit from that 1.2Gbps speed... and they definitely aren't living in a lab. Once again, you have no point.

13. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Pls show me videos or even screenshots of this via speed test.

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