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Rumor says Samsung's new high-end tablets are about to get a lot bigger

Samsung, arguably the manufacturer best suited to making Android tablets, is doubling down on them. Last week, we heard about a welterweight follow-up to the Galaxy Tab S6, pictured above. This time, there's intel of not one, but two new Galaxy Tab S7 (or, if branding follows the flagship phones, Tab S20) models this year.

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Phone masts set on fire in the UK as 5G-coronavirus conspiracy theories spread (Updated)

The coronavirus pandemic, as with most major global events, has inspired a number of conspiracy theories that are in no way supported by scientific fact. Assuming COVID-19 isn't the invention of Bill Gates, another fanciful theory asserts that 5G networks are in some way to blame. It's natural to dismiss this type of tin foil thinking as mostly harmless, but things have now escalated to the point where three 5G masts in the UK have been attacked, with arson by conspiracy theorists named as the probable cause.

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Xiaomi’s Redmi K30 Pro and 30x Zoom Edition offer flagship specs for less

It was about a year ago when Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi forayed into the premium smartphone segment with modest pricing akin to a OnePlus 'flagship killer.' The Redmi K20 has already seen a follow-up as the Chinese company rushes to democratize 5G connectivity, and now it's time for the Pro model to receive a successor, which Xiaomi announced earlier today in China. The K30 Pro takes over as the most premium handset in Redmi’s arsenal, packing four cameras and a nearly edge-to-edge screen.

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T-Mobile is about to boost LTE speeds by renting unused 600MHz spectrum

COVID-19 is disrupting daily life in unprecedented ways. T-Mobile has already opted to close many of its retail locations, and now it wants to speed up your data. People may be relying on their mobile connections more than ever, so T-Mobile is renting some unused band 71 spectrum around the US.

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America isn't ready for 5G, even if our phones are

5G will be the cause of transformative, disruptive changes across our world. At least, that was the promise. As fifth-generation wireless networks begin rolling out across the globe in 2020, though, the world's richest economy feels further behind than ever in the race to deploy new spectrum and networks to accommodate this major technical shift. And that trend shows few signs of letting up for years to come.

While American telecom operators AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint all have grand visions and big plans for 5G here in the US, none currently have the ability to deploy broad 5G networks that will be both comparable in size to and significantly more performant than their existing advanced 4G LTE networks.

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Every 5G city and region for every major carrier in the US (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) (Update: Latest AT&T markets)

Smartphone networks are constantly evolving: adding more capacity, expanding to new areas, and generally trying to get a leg up on the competition. But while improvements are always being made, every few years we see a massive shift as the industry transitions to the latest technology. It's been about eight years now since we saw 3G start giving way to 4G, and right now we're witnessing the early days of the move from 4G to 5G.

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AT&T will start rolling out its mmWave 5G network along the S20 launch

There are two types of 5G networks: The ultra-fast, 2Gbps mmWave technology most prominently deployed by Verizon, and the barely-faster-than-4G sub-6GHz system that has a much better range and penetration than its faster sibling. AT&T has been offering the latter since late 2019 in a few cities, but it now has announced that it will also open its own mmWave network to the public starting Friday, calling it "5G+."

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HTC says it will release a 5G phone this year

HTC hasn't released a new flagship smartphone since the poorly-designed U12+ in mid-2018, and the company's most recent budget device was last year's Exodus 1s (which shipped with Android Oreo). HTC doesn't seem to be done with phones quite yet, as it plans to produce a 5G device sometime this year.

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2021's smartphones will greatly ease the 5G transition for US carriers

While you can't even buy more than two smartphones with Qualcomm's brand-new X55 5G modem in the US right now, the company has already announced the part that will replace it: the Snapdragon X60, and it comes with some seriously important improvements for US cellular operators.

I know that topics like spectrum and carrier aggregation can make anyone's eyes glaze over, but stick with me here, because this actually is kind of good stuff to know. Right now, most carriers in the US (and all of the "big four," soon to be big three) rely on a large diversity of various spectrum holdings to provide their 4G LTE coverage.

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FCC reveals its plan to free up old satellite TV spectrum for 5G

Late last year, the FCC said that it was going to open up access to a whole chunk of valuable but poorly utilized spectrum in the so-called "C-band" for 5G use, repurposing frequencies currently used (read: mostly wasted) by American satellite service providers. Today the FCC has announced the details behind that plan. Though the particulars are subject to change, the move would free up a sizable 280MHz for a future auction, and the FCC says satellite providers are even on board with the decision.

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