Supported network technologies: Carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO and 256-QAM.
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Snapdragon Gigabit LTE is about real-world speed. It's designed to improve your day-to-day smartphone experience by giving you faster, real-world download speeds than previous generations of LTE technology.
With average LTE download speeds that are up to 7x as fast as typical home Wi-Fi,1 Gigabit LTE turbo-charges all your connected apps—on the go, at home or virtually anywhere. Stream 360˚ videos in 4K resolution, with minimal buffering or stuttering. Access all your files in the cloud nearly as fast as you would if they were stored on your phone. Download hours of movies or music in mere seconds. And load Android Instant Apps, well, instantly.
A Gigabit LTE device has double the number of LTE antennas of typical smartphones. In good signal conditions on a supporting network, that can mean up to 2x the download speeds of other devices. And in weak signal conditions, such as deep inside a building or far away from the cell tower, the extra antennas act as additional “ears” that boost the signal received from the tower. The result? Up to 70% faster download speeds, when and where you need them most.
We’ve all experienced the effects of cellular network congestion—in crowded environments such as city centers, airports, shopping malls and other busy areas, your favorite apps can become barely usable. That’s why Gigabit LTE was designed to help speed things up in crowded places. With additional “lanes” for your data to flow on—and the ability to get more data per signal from each LTE connection—using a Gigabit LTE device is like driving on a much wider, faster data highway.
Carrier aggregation is an LTE Advanced technology that combines multiple LTE connections simultaneously into a wider, faster pipe. If the connection between the cell tower and your phone is like a highway, carrier aggregation is akin to adding more lanes to the highway to relieve traffic jams.
4X4 MIMO uses four antennas on the cell tower to transmit data to four antennas in your Gigabit LTE device, instead of the typical two antennas used in the vast majority of LTE devices. In good signal conditions, this can up to double your speed. In the highway analogy, it is akin to building additional decks for cars to travel on, on top of the existing lanes. Gigabit LTE devices with 4x4 MIMO technology have an additional and important benefit: In weak signal conditions, the extra antennas act as additional “ears” that boost the signal received from the tower, resulting in up to 70% faster speeds.
256-QAM is a digital signal modulation technology that encodes eight bits of information into every LTE signal sent from the tower to your device, instead of the typical six bits with 64-QAM. That results in up to 33% faster download speeds. It also means that you need fewer resources from the tower to complete your downloads, since more data is being sent to you in every signal. In the highway analogy, it would be akin to stuffing 33% more packages into each delivery truck, reducing the number of trucks on the road and improving speeds for everyone.
Just like carrier aggregation, LTE-U/LAA technology builds new lanes on the data highway between the cell site and your device to improve download speeds. But unlike traditional LTE technology, LTE-U/LAA technology uses freely available unlicensed spectrum, and they are sent from a “small cell” (a miniaturized cell site in a compact box) instead of a big tower. This makes small cells especially helpful in relieving congestion in areas like airports, busy city centers and malls, as they can be placed conveniently where they are needed most.
1 Claim based on average download speeds up to 300 Mbps of a Gigabit LTE device in a Gigabit LTE network, based on network simulations by QTI. Comparison to Wi-Fi is based on figures from the FCC’s “Measuring Fixed Broadband Report - 2106,” with median fixed-line broadband speed of 39 Mbps.
2 Based on the use of 4x4 MIMO, 256-QAM and LTE-U/LAA technology, which increase network capacity in dense areas.
3 Compared to previous generations of LTE technology without 4x4 MIMO and 256-QAM.