New Smartphones Get Latest Wi-Fi, but Can't Fully Take Advantage
Inability to support the MIMO antenna technology undermines speed of 802.11n, means VoIP calls won't get full benefit of faster networks.
"Next-generation smartphones will be able to access the Internet at higher speeds, but costs and technical limitations will prevent them from getting the most out of the networks they are connected to," writes Mikael Ricknäs, on PCWorld Business Center.
"Thirteen smartphones have support for the finalized version of the 802.11n standard or the draft 2.0 version, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance's Web site," Ricknäs continues.
'However, [three of the newest], the Nokia N8, Samsung's Galaxy S and the Pearl 3G all lack support for MIMO, so a theoretical 300M bps drops to 75M bps, according to Samsung. The actual throughput is expected to be up to 35M bps, Samsung said via e-mail, Ricknäs writes.
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Speedier Phones Still Can't Keep up With Networks