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ASUS CEO says ‘always-connected PCs’ are coming

Written on Thursday, 19 October 2017 06:24

ASUS chief executive, Jerry Shen, said “always-connected PC” will soon be a reality at Qualcomm’s 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong on October 17. He said the company is always in search of new ideas and user experiences, and is currently looking to attract customers to the new category of always-connected personal computers.

“We are looking forward to bringing this new category of always-connected PCs,” said Mr. Shen speaking at the event. “More and more, consumers are turning to mobile technology because it’s convenient and you can connect anytime, anywhere. There is growing demand for constant connectivity for PCs.

“ASUS has the history of designing great smartphones and PCs and we are well-positioned to bring to life the benefits of always-connected PCs,” Mr. Shen added. “We look forward to seeing operators offer more flexible data plans for this category to deliver better user experiences.”

Connecting more devices to operators’ networks will bring more revenue, he suggested.

“ASUS and Qualcomm are committed to perfecting the consumer mobile and PC experience. Therefore, a connected PC is the natural extension of our mission,” said Mr. Shen. “We recently announced the ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro smartphone with gigabit connectivity and multi-gigabit Wi-Fi, delivering an ultra-fast virtually seamless gigabit experience.

“With this device, we start to see what improved user experience will look like,” he added. “The ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro is the world’s first smartphone with gigabit LTE. We are entering a new era where consumers will have access to gigabit speeds everywhere. While on the go, you can enjoy 1Gbps with gigabit LTE.”

Qualcomm technology powers the Taiwanese company’s ZenFone 4 Pro smartphone with gigabit connectivity and multi-gigabit Wi-Fi, delivering an ultra-fast virtually seamless gigabit experience.  Integrated into the Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, the Snapdragon X16 Gigabit LTE modem gives the phone the ability to execute fast download speeds over 4G LTE.

Qualcomm’s 11ad Wi-Fi allows users to download and share 4K videos in seconds, sync their photos, videos and other files with super fast speed, and enjoy quick access to cloud services. Moreover, when users connect other devices, such as laptops, with the phone’s Wi-Fi hotspot feature, the Snapdragon mobile platform is designed to provide end-to-end gigabit wireless connectivity with 802.11ad access and Gigabit LTE backhaul, on a compatible network, even in crowded places such as airports.

Like the upcoming 5G New Radio (NR) standard, 11ad utilizes the mmWave spectrum – in this case, the 60 GHz band— tapping into a massive amount of data-carrying capacity that complements existing cellular and Wi-Fi networks. Additionally, ZenFone 4 Pro users will get robust Wi-Fi connectivity using Qualcomm’s integrated 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO technology, which offers twice as much throughput as 1x1 Wi-Fi and improved coverage, especially in buildings with brick or concrete walls.

“With Qualcomm, we have solved the millimeter wave problem,” said Mr. Shen. “ASUS and Qualcomm have a strong history of collaboration. We will keep moving forward together.”

“This is another example of solving the technology challenge of getting millimeter wave into a smartphone,” said Christiano Amon, EVP of Qualcomm Technologies, later thanking Mr. Shen for the partnership between Qualcomm and ASUS. “This is a product that has already launched 11ad 60 GHz technology,” he emphasized.

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Qualcomm supports first commercial smartphone with Gigabit LTE

Written on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 07:29

Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platforms support the world’s first commercial smartphone to feature Gigabit LTE, the company announced on Sept. 21. Qualcomm technology powers Taiwanese company ASUS’s ZenFone 4 Pro smartphone with gigabit connectivity and multi-gigabit Wi-Fi, delivering an ultra-fast virtually seamless gigabit experience.  

Integrated into the Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, the Snapdragon X16 Gigabit LTE modem will give the ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro the ability to execute fast download speeds over 4G LTE, on a compatible LTE network, and superior signal quality with Qualcomm® TruSignal™ dual-antenna technology for extended coverage.

Qualcomm Technologies’ 11ad Wi-Fi allows users to download and share 4k videos in seconds, sync their photos, videos and other files with super fast speed, and enjoy quick access to cloud services. Moreover, when users connect other devices, such as laptops, with the phone’s Wi-Fi hotspot feature, the Snapdragon mobile platform is designed to provide end-to-end gigabit wireless connectivity with 802.11ad access and Gigabit LTE backhaul, on a compatible network, even in crowded places such as airports.

Like the upcoming 5G New Radio (NR) standard, 11ad utilizes the mmWave spectrum – in this case, the 60 GHz band— tapping into a massive amount of data-carrying capacity that complements existing cellular and Wi-Fi networks. Additionally, ZenFone 4 Pro users will get robust Wi-Fi connectivity using Qualcomm Technologies’ integrated 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO technology, which offers twice as much throughput as 1x1 Wi-Fi and improved coverage, especially in buildings with brick or concrete walls.

In addition to unprecedented gigabit connectivity, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro takes advantage of the integrated Qualcomm Spectra™ 180 Image Signal Processor (ISP) offering dual 14-bit image signal processing and features the latest generation of Qualcomm® Adreno™ 540 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), accelerating the smartphone’s enhanced imaging experience and allowing users to enjoy a 360-degree immersive visual capture experience.

“We are thrilled to bring lightning fast connectivity, and innovative new imaging technology to the ASUS ZenFone 4 family of smartphones in Europe with our Snapdragon Mobile Platforms,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and president, QCT. “With the ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro, powered by our Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, users will have the ability to experience, multi gigabit speeds indoors and gigabit speeds on-the-go.”

Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon Mobile Platforms will also support the new ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Selfie series, including the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. Powered by the latest Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform, the ASUS ZenFone 4 delivers fast performance with extended battery life, while the Snapdragon 625 Mobile Platform with 4GB RAM will bring smooth and responsive camera performance to the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. Finally, Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon 430 Mobile Platform powers the ZenFone 4 Selfie, with a triple-slot tray for dual data connections with speeds up to 150Mbps.

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China Unicom launches commercial Gigabit LTE network

Written on Monday, 28 August 2017 05:52

China Unicom, together with Ericsson, has commercially launched a Gigabit LTE network in China, allowing subscribers to “enjoy the services and benefits available with high-speed mobile broadband data,” an Ericsson statement said.

The Gigabit LTE network upgraded by Ericsson will not only provide China Unicom subscribers with an advanced LTE experience and enhanced customer satisfaction, but it will also make full use of network resources and improve profitability, the companies claim.

“This remarkable achievement will fulfill our strategy to offer the most advanced services to individuals and enterprises on the China Unicom network,” said Hao Liqian, General Manager, Hainan branch, China Unicom. “Our launch ceremony today [August 23] is important, innovative and fun, since we’re using Virtual Reality on a high-speed train over a high-speed network to prove the worthiness of this launch.”

As one part of the launch, passengers on the Hainan Island high-speed train were able to watch the ceremony through LTE broadcast technology and the Gigabit wireless network. Ericsson, as China Unicom's strategic partner, is the exclusive provider of the LTE broadcast solution, which is China's first LTE broadcast commercial deployment.

“We’re literally putting the network into the hands of the subscribers on day one,” said Chris Houghton, Head of Market Area North East Asia, Ericsson. “People will be able to immerse themselves in their video experience and not just understand, but feel, the difference with a Gigabit LTE network while they are moving at very fast speeds. It’s the perfect combination of thrilling speeds – physically and virtually.”

Ericsson’s LTE broadcast solution will “revolutionize video delivery” in mobile networks enabled by the combination of three new standards: eMBMS, HEVC (H.265) and MPEG DASH and will address the growing consumer demand for media services, the Swedish firm said. To accelerate the development of China Unicom’s video strategy, Ericsson supported China Unicom with eMBMS in the high-speed train scenario so that passengers could enjoy high-definition video without buffering on the network.

Recently, Ericsson supported China Unicom in setting up a 1Gbps network in Guangdong, Hainan, Shandong, and Beijing with peak speeds of up to 979Mbps. With that speed, it takes just 13 seconds to download a 1080P high-definition movie. There are more on-going 1Gbps trials in Sichuan, Hubei, Shanxi, Jilin and Jiangsu province. A high-speed mobile broadband network will enable businesses and services using artificial intelligence, virtual reality and other big data operations.

From an outside perspective, China Unicom appears strong, as one of the world’s largest carriers by user numbers, but the company’s earnings haven’t measure up to its fierce competition. The carrier, according to recent reports, is perceived as slow, often lagging behind its competition in terms of developing new technologies and services, including cloud and big data services, and mobile software. 

Therefore, Chinese search engine colossus Baidu and e-commerce giant Alibaba Group are amongst a consortium of 14 strategic investors expected to participate in the sale of China Unicom shares, according to a statement released by the Chinese operator.  Funds generated from a share sale are estimated to earn the operator around $11.7 billion, which it will subsequently utilize to upgrade its 4G capabilities and help accelerate its aims to develop 5G.

The Chinese government is reportedly attempting to drive investment in state-owned giants through private capital. The government selected China Unicom among other state-owned enterprises last year, a report by Business Insider says, to see “mixed-ownership reform”. 

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