A Speedy Guide to 4G/LTE

Your Guide to 4G/LTE Products, Services and More

Introduction to 4G LTE

Recently, the terms "4G" and "LTE" are used frequently in the papers and on the Internet. What exactly is 4G LTE? What does it mean? How does it benefit you as a consumer?

Well, LTE stands for Long Term Evolution. To be precise, its full name is 3GPP Long Term Evolution for the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System, or 3GPP UMTS LTE for short. Well, to put it simply, LTE is the next evolution of mobile networks which is expected to offer higher speeds and lower latencies. Commonly referred as the fourth generation (4G) mobile network, the LTE network delivers theoretical download speeds of up to 75Mbps.

Coverage Areas

All three telcos have launched their 4G LTE networks respectively although they are at different stages of deployment. SingTel is currently working to extend its 4G coverage to 80% by December 2012 and complete its island-wide rollout in early 2013.

On the other hand, M1 is the first in South East Asia to roll out a nationwide 4G network. StarHub's 4G network is limited to the Central Business District, Changi Airport and Singapore Expo. It will expand its 4G coverage to more than half the island by end of the year and is scheduled to complete nationwide coverage in 2013.

4G Devices Available Now

If you are considering a 4G device, there is a growing number of products available now. For smartphones, you have the HTC One XL, LG Optimus True HD LTE, Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Note LTE and Galaxy S III LTE to choose from. There's also the upcoming 4G version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II that's coming to Singapore.

For tablets, you have ASUS Transformer Pad TF300TL (an LTE edition of the Transformer Pad TF300) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE. In case you are wondering why the third generation Apple iPad is not included, it is because the device operates on frequency bands which are not supported by the local telcos

Content Index to All About 4G/LTE

4G/LTE Product Reviews and Feature Articles
Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 phablet - Huawei goes big and premium

REVIEW / 30 Jan 2015 / 5 hours 47 min ago / By Cookie Monster

With the 6-inch Ascend Mate 7, Huawei officially enters the premium phablet market which is dominated by the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Chinese company also stepped up its game with the in-house HiSilicon Kirin 925 octa-core chipset, a rear fingerprint sensor and 4G LTE CAT 6 support. How does the Ascend Mate 7 fare against the competition? Find out in this review.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review

Samsung Galaxy Alpha: A beautiful metal experiment with the wrong price

REVIEW / 20 Jan 2015 / By PY Ho

The Galaxy Alpha smartphone is Samsung's experiment on using metal for its body construct and is positioned to compete against the iPhone 6. Does Samsung's experimentation with the 4.7-inch Alpha pay off? We investigate.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 4G+  review

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 4G+: Finally, a curved screen that's actually useful

REVIEW / 21 Nov 2014 / By James Lu

In Samsung's vision of the future, everything with a screen is curved. Even devices without curved form factors have curved displays, like the new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, which has a display that curves right off the edge of the phone like a tiny super AMOLED waterfall. But is the Note Edge the future of smartphones or just a gimmick? We find out.

Redmi Note 4G review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G: A Phablet for the masses, now with 4G

REVIEW / 13 Nov 2014 / By PY Ho

With a retail price of S$229, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G costs marginally more than the non-4G model and is set for battle against the other budget 4G phones and phablets in the market. Does it do well in giving us consumers the best value for money? Find out in our review!

Shootout: Compact 4G LTE Smartphones under S$300 (Q4 2014)

Shootout: Compact 4G LTE Smartphones under S$300 (Q4 2014)

FEATURE / 05 Nov 2014 / By Sidney Wong

4G smartphones are now not only easily available, they have also become quite affordable. In the third quarter of 2014 alone, we saw the entry of six 4G smartphones that are priced below S$300. We round up these six phones from the likes of ASUS, HTC, Oppo, Motorola, Samsung and ZTE, and put them to the test. Find out which phone emerges as our top recommendation!

Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact: Good performance in two different packages

Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact: Good performance in two different packages

FEATURE / 14 Oct 2014 / By Sidney Wong

Following the retail of Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 and Apple's iPhone 6 devices, Sony's six-month refresh cycle sees the availability of the Xperia Z3 and its smaller counterpart, the Z3 Compact. Competition in the market is fiercer than ever, but how do the new Sony smartphones fare? We have the details for you!

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 4G+  review

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 4G+: More than big

REVIEW / 07 Oct 2014 / By Sidney Wong

Samsung finds itself in a precarious situation this year with two bigger iPhone 6 models breathing down its neck. Can Samsung, the company who started the phablet craze, defend its turf with the Galaxy Note 4 4G+? Let's find out in this detailed review!

HWZ readers go hands-on with ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE in an exclusive session!

HWZ readers go hands-on with ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE in an exclusive session!

FEATURE / 02 Sep 2014 / By Sidney Wong

85 HardwareZone members attended an exclusive hands-on session with the ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE and were among the first in Singapore to test out the new smartphone and its updated features. Check out what took place at the event!