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Those of you that see 4G LTE at the end of a device name generally know one thing for sure, it means its data speed is fast. When you buy the device however do you actually know the reason and meaning behind the name “4G LTE”? Most people think that it means 4GB transfer speeds when in reality its just the 4th Generation of data technology.
4G LTE does allow you to stream the movies you love, music, pictures, etc. faster than any other mobile network available today. This being said 4G LTE are two different things joined together to make faster data. 4G stands for “Fourth Generation” and LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution”. LTE is the technical process of creating the high speed data you see on your device where available.
Since everything we do these days from sending emails to downloading video’s from YouTube uses data. With using LTE (Long Term Evolution) with the 4th generation technologies this can be done in a fraction of the time as the older 3G (3rd Generation) technologies. LTE means the speed will increase with the infrastructure without changing technology, and allows for greater scalability as well.
PocketNow has reported that the Samsung Galaxy Note will be available via AT&T with 4G/LTE. The Galaxy Note is the new hybrid device that merges the smartphone and tablet. It has not only a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and 5.3 inch screen but comes with built in “S Pen” for using as a tablet. It has also recently cleared the FCC in Columbia Maryland making it only a matter of time before release.
PocketNow says that the Samsung Galaxy Note will be available some time early 2012 and that the US version may come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor to support the 4G LTE stack. This would be replacing the Samsung Exynos processor that we have seen previously in its specifications.
While we don’t know much about Pantech as a company or the Breakout 4G we do know that Verizon will get the device. We also aren’t sure if the phone named the Apache that recently cleared the FCC is a different device or just a different name for it.
Pantech Breakout 4G Features that we know of:
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- On Verizon’s 4G LTE Network
- 4 inch 800×480 display
- 1 GHz processor
- 512MB RAM
- 8GB Micro SD (32GB Max)
- Front 1.3MP Front Camera
- Rear 5MP Rear Camera
It also looks like Pantech will have its own UI on the device that will likely be close to Moto Blur or Touch Wiz. As we get more information on the device we will be sure to let you all know.
Apparently a Droid Life reader received an email stating that Motorola will begin the 4G LTE upgrades to the Xoom in the next few days. This seems to be only for those that are business and government customers although will be followed shortly by the rest of the world.
While it was thought that the Xoom’s would have to be sent to Verizon for the upgrades it looks like they will be sent back to Motorola instead. Motorola has promised a 3 day turn around on all tablets sent to them for the upgrade. Motorola will be sending packaging for free shipping for all of those that registered for the upgrade so it will be free.
Be sure when sending back your Xoom that you backup all of the information as the device may be reset back to factory during the upgrade. Also if you decide to leave any information on the Xoom be sure its encrypted just to be safe.