Can’t wait for 5G? How your next phone goes supersonic in 4G

CNET | 2/14/2018 | Jessica Dolcourt
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The first phones to tap into ludicrous 5G speeds won't land until 2019, but you won't need to wait that long to start taking advantage of supercharged 4G LTE.

Qualcomm, the world's largest mobile chipmaker, unveiled a new ingredient for future phones that will help devices zip through photo uploads and video streaming at up to double the speed of today's LTE capabilities -- without needing a certified 5G phone.

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This step-up from today's fastest gigabit LTE capabilities will be an important way to close the speed gap when 5G comes in and blows 4G away. That's because "5G starts us off at 5 times faster than the best 4G networks available today," said Sherif Hanna, Qualcomm's director of product marketing for 4G and 5G products. We can expect speeds up to 10 times faster than the average 4G network, he added.

Despite the hype around 5G -- one of the hottest trends in technology -- most people won't get to use it right away. Access to 5G will be limited when it first rolls out, beginning in densely populated downtown areas like San Francisco and Manhattan, Qualcomm said, before spreading to the rest of the country.

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Qualcomm's X24 modem is set to help double your phone's data speeds.

In the meantime, Qualcomm's freshly announced X24 LTE modem will support 2 gigabit-per-second speeds, the first of its kind to do so. (Gb, or gigabits per second are not to be confused with GB, gigabytes per second.) That's the equivalent of downloading 7GB of Ultra HD video on Netflix...
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