Samsung Galaxy S9 could be the fastest phone at 1.2 Gbps

The tech industry is in a constant state of pushing devices to do more faster, and Samsung has announced the latest in its efforts to speed up future smartphones, with a high probability of including the Galaxy S9

Samsung revealed today it's developed LTE modems for the next generation of its Exynos mobile processors, ones that support six carrier aggregation, or 6CA. 

What's the big deal? Well, this is a first in the industry, Samsung said, and an achievement that unlocks a max download speed of 1.2 gigabits per second (Gbps). That's a 20% boost over the current modem found in the Galaxy S8

While Samsung's current Exynos 9 Series (8895) modem supports 5CA and turned the S8 into the first gigabit-speed phone, Samsung added one more bandwidth in its newest modem to generate the .2 Gbps boost. 

Hypothetically, the updated modem will allow phones to download an entire HD movie within 10 seconds. It will also, hypothetically, eliminate buffering during video calls and live-stream broadcasts.

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Primed for Galaxy S9

Other benefits of the new modem include more stable data transfers, 4X4 Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output, and the ability to aggregate licensed and unlicensed network spectrum from network carriers. 

Not only does this get Samsung ready for 5G (whenever that arrives), but with chips housing the updated modems entering mass production at the end of 2017, it sets up the Galaxy S9 to be the fastest smartphones on the market. 

Samsung is expected to announce the new flagship phone at MWC 2018 in February. 

Samsung is doing its part in producing new modems inside its chipsets, but carriers also need to support increased bandwidths in order to achieve these theoretical speeds. 

That's a much slower process than pumping out new silicon, but as more US carriers tout higher network support, we likely won't have to wait as long before we're transferring data at record clips.