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civuck 03-15-2013 10:32 AM

New Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone has 802.11ac
 
While not directly an RT-AC66U point, it's nice to see the new Samsung Galaxy S4 [URL="http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinions/samsung-galaxy-s4-the-hardcore-geek-s-best-bits"]has 802.11ac[/URL]

I believe this is the first mobile smartphone with it.

Should make [URL="http://elan.plexapp.com/2012/11/19/announcing-the-new-plexpass-feature/"]Plex syncs[/URL] over my RT-AC66U much quicker!

RMerlin 03-15-2013 11:46 AM

I'd be curious to see what effect it has on battery life. I thought I saw somewhere that 802.11ac had various optimizations targetted specifically at mobile devices working on a battery.

Too bad LG decided to use a different radio chip in the Nexus 4. The Snapdragon Pro it uses has 802.11ac support, but they used a different chip to handle the wifi duties.

DaveMishSr 03-15-2013 12:10 PM

[QUOTE=civuck;63767]While not directly an RT-AC66U point, it's nice to see the new Samsung Galaxy S4 [URL="http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinions/samsung-galaxy-s4-the-hardcore-geek-s-best-bits"]has 802.11ac[/URL]

I believe this is the first mobile smartphone with it.

Should make [URL="http://elan.plexapp.com/2012/11/19/announcing-the-new-plexpass-feature/"]Plex syncs[/URL] over my RT-AC66U much quicker![/QUOTE]
Boy oh boy is this ever gonna be an iPhone killer! I love my S3 and even my daughter, a devoted iPhone user for years, was impressed with it. The S4 is going to be the first smartphone to outsell the iPhone in a calendar year. Apple needs to reclaim their throne as the technology innovator of our time or they are going to find themselves as the company they were before the iPhone. That is a quaint, little technology company with a very devoted following holding onto a very, small portion of the overall market.

claykin 03-15-2013 03:28 PM

[QUOTE=RMerlin;63770]I'd be curious to see what effect it has on battery life. I thought I saw somewhere that 802.11ac had various optimizations targetted specifically at mobile devices working on a battery.

Too bad LG decided to use a different radio chip in the Nexus 4. The Snapdragon Pro it uses has 802.11ac support, but they used a different chip to handle the wifi duties.[/QUOTE]

From the articles I've read on 802.11ac the "battery optimizations" are mostly related to the concept of completing the data transfer faster on "ac" so the radio can enter low power mode faster. Its not that "ac" itself offers much in the way of battery savings over most modern "N' designs.

I will be interested in learning the kind of usable range at 5Ghz you get with these mobile phone chipsets and the tiny antennas in them. Pretty much every current "N" phone I've tried with 5Ghz support was pretty lousy in the range department.

mgunner76 03-15-2013 05:08 PM

Battery life will be [I]marginally [/I]better with ac, but I can't envision it ever being something that people will notice in real world applications. In my case, it may be worse because I'll do twice as much surfing in the same amount of time. Plus, if range is worse because of 5ghz (and why wouldn't it), you'll be back on LTE more often, which will reduce your battery life.

[QUOTE=DaveMishSr;63774]Boy oh boy is this ever gonna be an iPhone killer! I love my S3 and even my daughter, a devoted iPhone user for years, was impressed with it. The S4 is going to be the first smartphone to outsell the iPhone in a calendar year. Apple needs to reclaim their throne as the technology innovator of our time or they are going to find themselves as the company they were before the iPhone. That is a quaint, little technology company with a very devoted following holding onto a very, small portion of the overall market.[/QUOTE]

802.11ac inclusion isn't going to be something that makes this an iPhone killer, unless you were talking in general about all the other specs. There's so few people in the world that even know what 802.11ac even is. By the time that everyone catches on to this tech, the iPhone will have it.

civuck 03-15-2013 10:17 PM

[QUOTE=mgunner76;63794]802.11ac inclusion isn't going to be something that makes this an iPhone killer, unless you were talking in general about all the other specs. There's so few people in the world that even know what 802.11ac even is. By the time that everyone catches on to this tech, the iPhone will have it.[/QUOTE]The [URL="http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/01/02/apples-2013-macs-rumored-to-include-80211ac-gigabit-wi-fi"]rumours are this years new Apple Macs will have 802.11ac[/URL]. If those pan out, chances are very, very good the next iPhone and iPad will also have it.

And one update to my original post in this thread - apparently the new HTC One smartphone that is already out [URL="http://www.htc.com/www/smartphones/htc-one/#specs"]has 802.11ac[/URL], so it beat the Samsung S4 to market with it.

admiral2145 03-23-2013 10:44 PM

Long as the note 3 had it also, I can't wait!

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