- Verizon has provided a list of phones that currently have (or will soon have) Gigabit Class LTE support
- This includes several of 2017’s biggest flagships, which should now be able to take advantage of the (theoretical) 1 Gbps download speeds
- Verizon also provided a list of devices that would receive partial compatibility with the new network
The rollout of 5G mobile internet should arrive in the next couple of years, but in the meantime, we have Gigabit Class LTE to look forward to. Though still based on the same 4G infrastructure we currently have, this technology could provide download speeds of up to 1 Gbps and upload speeds up to 150 Mbps (in supported areas, on compatible devices). Those are the theoretical speeds, anyway — in reality, it will likely be significantly lower than this, yet still a big step up from what we currently have.
Gigabit Class LTE will be coming to all the major US carriers in the future, and Verizon was said to have it rolled it out before the end of 2017. Some devices have already been upgraded to support it, like the Moto Z2 Force, while further updates should enable this on other devices in the future.
If you’re wondering which devices are getting support, Verizon has now delivered a list of phones (via Droid Life) which it says either have or will soon have access to its Gigabit LTE service:
- Samsung Galaxy S7
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- LG V30
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Moto Z2 Force
Its Qualcomm’s X16 LTE modem that allows smartphones to achieve such internet speeds, and since this isn’t included in the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, it’s strange that these have been included here. Though compatible with the Gigabit LTE infrastructure, those devices wouldn’t be able to achieve the same the same speeds as others on the list, which is why it seems like they would be better placed in the second list.
This is comprised of devices set to receive a partial Gigabit LTE experience (i.e. a lesser speed increase compared to the devices above), and it includes:
- LG V20
- LG G6
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
(Note that the Asus ZenFone was also included on the list above, though it’s not yet clear which ZenFone model this refers to.)
The support is unlikely to end at these devices, either: the HTC U11 is also fitted with the necessary tech to take advantage of Gigabit LTE, despite not receiving a mention. This is probably just the first devices to get support from Verizon.
Gigabit LTE combines several innovations including 256-QAM, 4×4 MIMO, 3-Carrier Aggregation, to offer up a potentially dramatic improvement in mobile internet connectivity — helping users stream or download media content far more effectively. Check out our dedicated article if you want to learn more about it.
January 3, 2018 at 03:03AM