Samsung Galaxy S9 could be the fastest phone at 1.2 Gbps

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Samsung said its new LTE Category 18 modem supports six carriers, and achieved downlink speeds of up to 1.2 gigabits per second in trials conducted with test equipment vendor Anritsu. It will also result in smoother video calls and live broadcasting. The modem will be included in the company's next generation of flagship chipsets, which will likely be included in regional variants of next year's Galaxy S9.

This announcement comes after Samsung released its Exynos 9 series (8895) SoC earlier this year, which was built with its Cat.16 LTE modem with just 1GB downlink speed and 5CA support.

Samsung Electronics has unveiled an LTE modem that supports supports 6CA (carrier aggregation), which it says is an industry first.

In order to maximize data transmission speeds, Samsung Electronics developed 4 × 4 MIMO technology that can simultaneously use four antennas for base stations and terminals, and applied "256QAM" technology which processes a frequency modulation and demodulation scheme at the unit of 8 bits, not old 6 bits. While on the Uplink feature it has 2×20 MHz carrier aggregation, 2x 75Mbps LTE streams, 64-QAM, and Upload Speed of 150 Mbps.

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Of course, if you're in the U.S., you'll still most likely be getting the Qualcomm versions of Samsung's handsets, but that's OK.

Not only does this get Samsung ready for 5G (whenever that arrives), but with chips housing the updated modems entering mass production at the end of 2017, it sets up the Galaxy S9 to be the fastest smartphones on the market.

"With the increase of high-quality online content services, the demand for high-performance LTE modems continue to rise as well", said Woonhaing Hur, VP of LSI Protocol Development.

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