4×4 MIMO on Galaxy Note 7 is a first

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UpdateThis article has been updated to reflect information about 4×4 MIMO technology in relation to the Snapdragon 820 given to us from Qualcomm.

The Snapdragon 820 can support 4×4 cellular multiple input-multiple output, but you’d be struck to find a phone manufacturer willing to stuff four cellular antennas into their device. Well, the Galaxy Note 7 can claim to be the first phone that utilizes 4×4 MIMO.

Ideally, 4×4 MIMO would handle networks that could use four physical streams of data. T-Mobile does not have such an infrastructure active yet, so, according to folks on the T-Mobile subreddit, it has decided to map two physical streams to towers with four-antenna MIMO support.

The short result? Better possible reception and faster speeds. T-Mobile is field testing 4×4 MIMO and will be able to activate the feature in an OTA update for the Note 7.

All Snapdragon 820-equipped phones have Qualcomm’s X12 LTE modem and thus has 4×4 MIMO support, but it seems that Samsung wanted to stuff the antennas into its Note 7 as fast as it could.

And who said that the Note 7 wasn’t innovative?

Source: Reddit
Via: SamMobile

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.