is trying to push the limits of mobile Internet speeds with its Sprint Spark™
capability, but for all of its efforts on that front, the endeavor requires more than just theoretical capabilities to become a reality. Yes, the infrastructure is there, and the underlying tech has been worked out, but in order for end users to actually benefit from enhanced LTE speeds, they have to have the right hardware in their hands.
Sprint knows this and has already built partnerships and agreements to bring Sprint Spark’s capability to a few popular handsets.
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uses tri-band technology to combine three LTE bands and other tech and intelligently assign spectrum based on use case and location to accomplish peek mobile Internet speeds of 50-60Mbps. Sprint believes that it could one day offer speeds that are much, much higher still.
HTC's One Max Android Smartphone
The first device to get the Sprint Spark treatment is the HTC One® Max, a smartphone with a massive 5.9-inch 1080p HD (1920x1080) display that rocks a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor (1.7GHz). The device has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, as well as 2.1MP front-facing and HTC UltraPixel rear-facing cameras. There’s also a microSD card slot for more storage if you like.
The phone runs Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and has NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 support on board, and it has unique front-facing speakers with BoomSound. Frankly, with the Glacial Silver color option, it’s also quite a looker.
The other two devices in the Sprint Spark stable are both from Samsung--the Galaxy S® 4 mini and the Galaxy Mega™--and both are slated for an over-the-air (OTA) update to be able to handle the tri-band technology.
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
The Galaxy S® 4 mini is a smaller variant of the wildly popular Samsung Galaxy S4, and it offers a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 960x540 resolution and Android 4.2. There’s a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (1.7GHz) processor inside, as well as 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and up to 64GB of additional storage with a microSD card. The front camera is 1.9MP, and the rear-facing one offers 8MP and shoots in 1080p HD at 30fps.
The third Sprint Spark enabled smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy Mega™, a handset that lives up to its name with a huge 6.3-inch display (1280x720 resolution). It also has a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (1.7GHz) processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory with a microSD card slot.
Samsung Galaxy Mega
The Galaxy Mega runs Android 4.2 and features a 1.9MP front- and an 8MP rear-facing camera that takes 1080p HD, 30fps video.
These smartphones are just the beginning. Sprint
will continue to push out support for more handsets so stay tuned for additional devices to be added to the list.
The first five cities to get Sprint Spark
are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa, and Miami, and Sprint
plans to have service available to 100 million customers by the end of 2014.
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