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Flagship smartphones from Google and Microsoft are first in US to support up-to triple Wi-Fi speeds

More laptops and routers are embracing the next-generation Wi-Fi technology, as we have noted. And the launch of the Nexus 5X from Google, and the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL show the latest step toward this fast-connecting future, as the first US commercial smartphones to adopt Wi-Fi technology that support up-to-triple the speeds over conventional Wi-Fi.

(L-R): Nokia Lumia 950, Nexus 5X from Google, Nokia Lumia 950 XL

The smartphones are powered by premium-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon processors with Qualcomm MU|EFX built in. That’s our brand of MU-MIMO (multiple-user, multiple-input multiple-output) technology: routers serve multiple devices at once, rather than one at a time, using the next-generation Wi-Fi technology. Devices need a MU-MIMO-enabled router to take advantage of the speed, so having a router that keeps up with the latest Wi-Fi standards is crucial, as The New York Times recently pointed out

MU|EFX is especially impressive when you’re engaging in bandwidth-hungry activities—for example downloading HD videos, your latest batch of photos, or cloud content—particularly when you’re sharing increasingly congested networks with a crowd of other downloaders. It’s designed to boost app responsiveness for a smooth experience overall. The technology is out there for much faster Wi-Fi, whether in your home, in the library, or on the bus, if you’re living in a tech-savvy city.

Learn more about MU|EFX on our website and stay tuned for additional updates to the growing MU-MIMO ecosystem.

Qualcomm Snapdragon is product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Qualcomm MU|EFX is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

*an earlier version of this post included an HTC device.