Samsung this week confirmed the next version of the LTE modem used inside its Exynos chips will support up to six carrier aggregation.
That means the next flagship Samsung smartphone could theoretically reach blistering download speeds of up to 1.2GBps.
For those who don’t know, carrier aggregation speeds up downloads over LTE by using multiple bands across the spectrum simultaneously.
The more bands available to the device, the faster the LTE speeds.
In the case of the newly announced Exynos processor – that’s an increase from the Exynos 9 chipset used in the Galaxy S8, which offers five carrier aggregation (5CA).
Samsung Galaxy S8 was the first gigabit smartphone available on the market.
That’s no mean feat – but it now sounds like its successor will offer speeds up to 20 per cent faster, thanks to this new technology.
Unfortunately, carriers also need to support six carrier aggregation (6CA) for the next-generation smartphone to achieve its top speed.
In the United States, mobile operator Sprint this year added support for three-carrier aggregation. So, clearly, there’s still a way to go.
Samsung told The Verge that it plans on producing processors with support for six carrier aggregation by the end of the year.
That means the technology is likely destined for 2018’s flagship Galaxy S smartphone.
Samsung is weeks away from unveiling another prominent smartphone in its product portfolio – the latest Galaxy Note.
The follow-up to the infamous Galaxy Note 7 (which suffered serious problems with batteries overheating and had to be discontinued) is heavily rumoured to follow Galaxy S8’s lead and include an edge-to-edge Infinity Display.
As you might expect, the Galaxy Note will sport a larger OLED display than the S8 – rumoured to be around 6.4 inches.
The Infinity Display design requires Samsung to ditch the physical Home Button from the front of the phone.
Like its predecessors, the Galaxy Note 8 looks set to incorporate a stylus to bring a slew of productivity-focused features to the phone.
The next-generation S Pen is said to have a built-in motor that works with the Find My Mobile app to help you locate it, should you misplace it.
The Galaxy Note 8 is tipped to be the first Samsung smartphone with a dual-camera system.
Dutch website Galaxy Club has speculated the new dual-lens snapper will be capable of taking images with a 3x optical zoom.
The Galaxy Note 8’s camera is also expected to feature an improved HDR mode.
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