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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

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4G/LTE Product Reviews and Feature Articles
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!

HTC Butterfly 2 review

Is Butterfly 2 the best HTC smartphone yet?

REVIEW / 22 Aug 2014 / By Sidney Wong

We had a few days with the just announced HTC Butterfly 2 and we feel that it melds the best of the old Butterfly series and the new One series. Here's our take on the Butterfly 2, which could be HTC's best smartphone yet this year.

Hands-on: HTC Butterfly 2

Hands-on: HTC Butterfly 2

FEATURE / 19 Aug 2014 / By Sidney Wong

HTC officially announced the Butterfly 2, the international model of the J Butterfly HTL23 in Tokyo, Japan this afternoon. Join us as we check out what's new in the Butterfly 2 and how it compares with the company's premium HTC One (M8).

ZTE Blade VEC 4G review

Newcomer ZTE Blade VEC 4G challenges budget 4G smartphones

REVIEW / 13 Aug 2014 / By Sidney Wong

ZTE enters the crowded and competitive smartphone market in Singapore with three models, of which the Blade VEC 4G is the flagship product. Besides its attractive price tag of S$299, can the Blade VEC 4G impress us over its competitors? We tell you in this review.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10.5) LTE review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (LTE) is a super Android tablet

REVIEW / 05 Aug 2014 / By Sidney Wong

Samsung has pulled out all the stops to try and topple Apple and its iPads with its latest crop of tablets, the Galaxy Tab S (10.5) and the Tab S (8.4). In this review, we check out the bigger model and find out if it accomplishes its mission.

Shootout: Compact 4G LTE Smartphones under S$600 (mid-2014)

Shootout: Compact 4G LTE Smartphones under S$600 (mid-2014)

FEATURE / 15 Jul 2014 / By Sidney Wong

Smartphones with 4G LTE connectivity are easily available today. They come in various screen sizes, hardware specs, software and more importantly, across a range of price points. We round up six phones from the likes of HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Nokia and Sony whose screen sizes are below 5 inches and put them through their paces. Find out who's the leader!