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Surface Pro has some great news (and some bad)

Surface Pro has some great news (and some bad)

At first glance, Microsoft has knocked the new Surface Pro out of the park. Coming hot on the heels of the Surface Laptop, the tablet-that's-a-notebook (and which mustn't be called the Surface Pro 5, oh no) could've been overshadowed by its Alcantara-clad clamshell sibling. Instead, Microsoft has gone down the wishlist of existing owners and ticked all the boxes. Well, all apart from one.

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Acer Holo 360 is an Android camera… but also a phone

Acer Holo 360 is an Android camera… but also a phone

The Acer Holo 360 camera was unveiled today at a special event held by Acer and broadcast around the world. This device works with Wi-Fi connectivity and can also connect to mobile data (LTE speed) with a SIM card. The device itself is not a phone, necessarily, but it does run Android and is able to make calls without being connected to a separate device - without being connected to a proper smartphone, that is to say.

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T-Mobile says Galaxy S8 and its LTE make the perfect pair

T-Mobile says Galaxy S8 and its LTE make the perfect pair

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is out and, naturally, carriers are jumping at the opportunity to announce their availability and promos. Ever the Un-carrier, T-Mobile is doing more than just revealing dates and prices. It is also saying why you'd want to get a Galaxy S8 from them. And that reason will be to achieve the smartphone's full gigabit potential on T-Mobile's trifecta of LTE technologies, allowing the Galaxy S8 to reach downloads of up to 900 MB/s on average.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 brings Cat. 4 LTE to feature phones

Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 brings Cat. 4 LTE to feature phones

With all the focus on the high-end, premium smartphones, it’s almost too easy to take for granted that not everyone in the world needs or can even afford such devices. In some markets, smartphones are still a luxury. At the same time, however, Internet access is fast becoming a staple of modern life, even in those markets where non-smart “feature” phones are still more common than smart ones. To give them a fighting chance, Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 205 platform, not processor, that brings LTE Category 4 capabilities to feature phones.

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T-Mobile’s LTE-U network is launching this Spring

T-Mobile’s LTE-U network is launching this Spring

Mobile carriers have recently taken the spotlight by resurrecting the once thought dead “unlimited” subscription plan. Now T-Mobile is making a big splash again, but in a different way. It has announced an upcoming addition to its service that promises to significantly improve the quality and reliability of its Internet service, bringing the carrier closer to providing gigabit LTE speeds. It will, however, accomplish this by utilizing the rather controversial LTE-U spectrum that has divided the tech community for quite some time.

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Intel paves 5G way with Gigabit LTE modem aiming for iPhone

Intel paves 5G way with Gigabit LTE modem aiming for iPhone

Intel has outed a new Gigabit LTE modem and further detailed its 5G plans, as it mounts another attempt to oust Qualcomm from smartphones like the new iPhone. The chip-maker has detailed its latest Intel XMM 7560 Modem, supporting Cat 16 downlinks for rates over 1 Gbps, and Cat 13 uplink for up to 225 Mbps. There's also multi-SIM support, up to 35 LTE bands on a single radio, and up to 230 different combinations of carrier aggregation.

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Qualcomm X20 promises faster-than-fiber Gigabit LTE

Qualcomm X20 promises faster-than-fiber Gigabit LTE

If you could get better-than-fiber speeds from your LTE smartphone, would you bother with a fixed home internet connection? That's the question Qualcomm expects web-addicts to face with the launch of the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, its second-generation Gigabit LTE chip which promises Cat 18 downloads. That means, on the right network, up to 1.2 Gbps downloads.

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AT&T just tested its emergency LTE drones

AT&T just tested its emergency LTE drones

Nobody likes finding they've got no signal on their phone, especially if it's an emergency, so AT&T is pushing ahead with testing drones as temporary LTE towers. The carrier successfully completed its first trial flights last week, dispatching a number of drones on short flights in a network dead-spot in the US. Each was equipped with the necessary hardware to create its own little bubble of coverage.

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Qualcomm unveils mid-range SoCs, gigabit LTE, 5G modem chips

Qualcomm unveils mid-range SoCs, gigabit LTE, 5G modem chips

Now that most of 2016’s key smartphones have been revealed, the mobile market can take a breather and focus on the next generation of technologies that will underlie next year’s devices. Samsung fired the opening salvo with the announcement of its 10 nm FinFET Exynos processor. Naturally, Qualcomm isn’t going to be left behind. But instead of simply announcing new processors, three of them even, it is actually unveiling three new chips that will be pushing the envelope of tomorrow’s smartphones and tablets.

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Samsung Gear S3 hands-on: Samsung Pay, LTE, rugged smartwatch

Samsung Gear S3 hands-on: Samsung Pay, LTE, rugged smartwatch

If you've got a Galaxy Note 7 in your pocket then the perfect accompaniment is a Samsung Gear S3 on your wrist, at least that's the argument the smartphone behemoth is making ahead of the Apple Watch 2. Launched at IFA 2016 today, the Gear S3 builds on Samsung's earlier Tizen wearables with a more distinctive and tougher design, the option of integrated LTE connectivity, and the convenience of Samsung Pay to leave your purse or wallet (and, for that matter, your Galaxy phone) at home.

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Galaxy Note 7 shown to be first phone supporting 4×4 MIMO

Galaxy Note 7 shown to be first phone supporting 4×4 MIMO

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, while quite impressive on its own, has largely been remarked to be less "adventurous" than its predecessors. Apparently, Samsung might have actually been holding off on some of those novel features from the public. Over at Reddit, some soon to be owners are getting quite excited at the discovery that the Galaxy Note 7 actually supports 4x4 MIMO, making it the first ever commercial smartphone to do so, promising, at least in theory, faster and more reliable network connections and overall improvement in efficiency.

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Qualcomm: Wi-Fi Alliance’s new test plan biased against LTE-U

Qualcomm: Wi-Fi Alliance’s new test plan biased against LTE-U

And so the debate, nay, war, between proponents of LTE-U on the one side and Wi-Fi on the other has just entered a new, and perhaps more tumultuous stage. Pressed to make a move after numerous delays, the Wi-Fi Alliance has finally released the latest version of its test plan to ensure the interoperability of LTE-U and Wi-Fi spectrums. But as far as Qualcomm, one of the main advocates of LTE-U, is concerned, that plan is rubbish, failing to take into account proposals from the other side and turning a blind eye to the situation entirely.

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