Welcome, Guest: Join Nairaland / LOGIN! / Trending / Recent / New
Stats: 2,564,202 members, 5,927,533 topics. Date: Monday, 19 October 2020 at 05:10 PM

Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? - Phones - Nairaland

Nairaland Forum / Science/Technology / Phones / Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? (2097 Views)

Samsung Reportedly Won’t Include Chargers With Some Phones Starting Next Year / Can Two Phones Have The Same IMEI Nunber? / No Network Reception On 9mobile In Enugu are they on strike? (2) (3) (4)

(1) (2) (3) (Reply) (Go Down)

Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by atheistandproud(m): 5:20pm On Oct 17
I was at a friend’s house the other day and while we both use Glo sims, I got better reception than he did. I was watching a documentary on YouTube and he was struggling to view his WhatsApp status. On further investigation, we found that I was using a cat. 15 modem and he was using a cat. 4. What are 4G LTE categories and why should you learn about them?

Modems are used by phones to access network and the internet. The modem on a smartphone is usually paired to the SoC.

4G categories refers to the different capabilities of modems used on smartphones. The LTE protocol uses the LTE categories to define the performance specs of an LTE device.

The performance of an LTE modem can be judged by parameters such as data rates, power consumption, bandwidth, uplink/downlink speed etc. These parameters tells the users what to expect when using a device with a particular category of modem. These parameters also tell the base stations (cell towers/network masts) how to interact with such a device.

All 4G modem manufacturers use the 4G LTE categories to rate the performance of their equipment. These companies include Qualcomm, Samsung and Kirin.
The body that manages this 4G LTE standard is called 3gpp (3rd Generation Partnership Project).

The cheaper entry-level and budget phones use categories 4, 6, 9 and 10. The mid-rangers could use any category between categories 12, 13, 14 and 15. The more higher end flagships could use anything between categories 16, 18, 19, 20, 22 and 24. The higher the number, the faster the speeds and the better the performance. This means that a category 15 modem is much better than a category 9.

The most important parameter that most smartphone users will definitely be looking at are the uplink/downlink speeds. If you wanted to make a call or upload a photo from your phone, the connection needed to send that data from your phone up to the nearest cell tower is called an uplink while the connection from cell tower down to your phone is called a downlink. The downlink is usually faster than the uplink because a cell tower has more power than your smartphone modem.

https://inquisitiveuniverse.com/2020/10/17/4g-lte-categories/

10 Likes

Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by atheistandproud(m): 5:26pm On Oct 17
SD 665 (left) and Helio G70 (right)

2 Likes

Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by edoairways: 6:18pm On Oct 17
atheistandproud:
SD 665 (left) and Helio G70 (right)
So 665 is faster right?
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by atheistandproud(m): 6:22pm On Oct 17
edoairways:
So 665 is faster right?
In terms of 4G support as well as upload and download speeds.
Yes sir.
SD665 is faster, as the comparison shows

3 Likes

Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by sagieramos(m): 6:35pm On Oct 17
dragnet how far? This thread is worthy of frontpage
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by edoairways: 6:35pm On Oct 17
atheistandproud:


In terms of 4G support as well as upload and download speeds.

Yes sir.

SD665 is faster, as the comparison shows
I googled my phone specifications to see it hence the question. But are there other faster ones aside Snapdragon 665? Secondly I have a universal mifi called Zong Bolt, is this fast enough?
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by atheistandproud(m): 6:42pm On Oct 17
edoairways:

I googled my phone specifications to see it hence the question. But are there other faster ones aside Snapdragon 665? Secondly I have a universal mifi called Zong Bolt, is this fast enough?

oh yes. there are even faster speeds

Below you have Exynos 990 on the left and Snapdragon 865+ on the right.

Both are Flagship SoCs

1 Like

Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by Dominiqueismad: 6:46pm On Oct 17
Samsung dey mad
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by atheistandproud(m): 6:57pm On Oct 17
edoairways:

I googled my phone specifications to see it hence the question. But are there other faster ones aside Snapdragon 665? Secondly I have a universal mifi called Zong Bolt, is this fast enough?

Zong bolt has speeds of 150Mbps downlink speed. It's kinda slow sha.
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by edoairways: 6:57pm On Oct 17
atheistandproud:


oh yes.

Below you have Exynos 990 on the left and Snapdragon 865+ on the right.

Both are Flagship SoCs
That is great, keep the good work.

1 Like

Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by edoairways: 6:58pm On Oct 17
atheistandproud:


Zong bolt has speeds of 150Mbps downlink speed. It's kinda slow sha.
Which do you think is fast.?
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by Elder0001(m): 6:58pm On Oct 17
atheistandproud:
SD 665 (left) and Helio G70 (right)
Is it possible to get upto 655mbps
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by atheistandproud(m): 7:01pm On Oct 17
Elder0001:
Is it possible to get upto 655mbps
it's possible to get up to 3000mbps.
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by MrBONE2(m): 7:01pm On Oct 17
sagieramos:
dragnet how far? This thread is worthy of frontpage
grin

Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by MrBONE2(m): 7:05pm On Oct 17
edoairways:

That is great, keep the good work.
grin

Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by atheistandproud(m): 7:05pm On Oct 17
edoairways:
Which do you think is fast.?
I don't really use MiFi sha so I may not know.
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by edoairways: 7:07pm On Oct 17
atheistandproud:


I don't really use MiFi sha so I may not know.
Keep up with the enlightenment and campaign, It is my earnely prayer that you get endorsement from a reputable phone company.

3 Likes

Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by atheistandproud(m): 7:09pm On Oct 17
edoairways:

Keep up with the enlightenment and campaign, It is my earnely prayer that you get endorsement from a reputable phone company.

Wow, I am humbled.

Thank you.
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by Zimri(m): 7:10pm On Oct 17
Good work of research! Appreciated. I had to look up for some other stuffs because of this thread.

3 Likes

Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by atheistandproud(m): 7:12pm On Oct 17
Zimri:
Good work of research! Appreciated. I had to look up for some other stuffs because of this thread.

Thanks you sir.

Your threads are impressive as well.
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by KrazyDave16(m): 7:14pm On Oct 17
atheistandproud:


oh yes. there are even faster speeds

Below you have Exynos 990 on the left and Snapdragon 865+ on the right.

Both are Flagship SoCs
The theoretical up/down link of Exynos is higher despite SD having a higher category...
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by Buzx: 7:16pm On Oct 17
This is the kind of informative thread I wish see in this phone section. Nice one, atheistandproud.

1 Like

Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by atheistandproud(m): 7:26pm On Oct 17
KrazyDave16:

The theoretical up/down link of Exynos is higher despite SD having a higher category...

Theoretically speaking...

Yes.

Although a Cat. 24 modem could reach speeds of 3000mbps as well, I don't know Qualcomm scaled it back.
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by KrazyDave16(m): 7:44pm On Oct 17
atheistandproud:


Theoretically speaking...

Yes.

Although a Cat. 24 modem could reach speeds of 3000mbps as well, I don't know Qualcomm scaled it back.
Guess so...

Anyways, it worth the read and appreciate you breaking it down to nitty-gritty bits.

2 Likes

Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by KrazyDave16(m): 7:55pm On Oct 17
edoairways:

Which do you think is fast.?
You gotta get yourself at least a cat.6 MiFi (Huawei).

Going higher than cat.6 is pointless unless you stay in a major city or futureproofing.
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by atheistandproud(m): 7:58pm On Oct 17
KrazyDave16:

Guess so...

Anyways, it worth the read and appreciate you breaking it down to nitty-gritty bits.

You're welcome
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by atheistandproud(m): 8:35pm On Oct 17
Buzx:
This is the kind of informative thread I wish see in this phone section. Nice one, atheistandproud.

Thank you.
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by lexrichy(m): 9:27pm On Oct 17
mine is lte a, what does it mean
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by edoairways: 9:27pm On Oct 17
KrazyDave16:

You gotta get yourself at least a cat.6 MiFi (Huawei).

Going higher than cat.6 is pointless unless you stay in a major city or futureproofing.
That is quite expensive.
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by chariisGRACE(m): 9:39pm On Oct 17
edoairways:

Keep up with the enlightenment and campaign, It is my earnely prayer that you get endorsement from a reputable phone company.

grin

Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by adekola72559: 9:40pm On Oct 17
:This is the kind of informative thread I wish see in this phone section. Nice one, atheistandproud. Thank you.
Re: Why Some Phones Have Better Network Reception Than Others? by atheistandproud(m): 10:35pm On Oct 17
lexrichy:
mine is lte a, what does it mean
Device name so I can look it up for you.

(1) (2) (3) (Reply)

Lg Ks360 Vs. Lg Gw300 Vs Lg Kp500(cookie). Pls I Nid Ur Opinion! / Lament Island / Best Cheapest Data Plan For All Smartphones/pc In April 2015

(Go Up)

Sections: politics (1) business autos (1) jobs (1) career education (1) romance computers phones travel sports fashion health
religion celebs tv-movies music-radio literature webmasters programming techmarket

Links: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)

Nairaland - Copyright © 2005 - 2020 Oluwaseun Osewa. All rights reserved. See How To Advertise. 92
Disclaimer: Every Nairaland member is solely responsible for anything that he/she posts or uploads on Nairaland.