Two of the highest-end devices on T-Mobile’s smartphone roster, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3, will support 4G LTE connectivity once the “Magenta carrier” launches its 4G LTE network later on in the month in Las Vegas, Nev. And the news is apparently official, as this confirmation comes from T-Mobile chief technological officer Neville Ray.
According to Ray, T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network is all ready to launch a few weeks from now, and will be initially launched in Las Vegas, same city where the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show is currently being held. Las Vegas also played an important part in T-Mobile’s previous history, being the first city to be covered by the carrier’s 3G HSPA+ 42 network. And although the launch is expected to take place sometime this month, Ray did not give any specific date for the network to become operational in Las Vegas.
This is also the first time T-Mobile has confirmed anything about the devices that would run on 4G LTE – when the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 were released months ago, T-Mobile did not specify whether they would eventually support the connectivity standard. In fact, the T-Mobile Galaxy S3 shipped with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor – a concession made for all American variants due to poor LTE performance on quad-core processors at the time – despite not having a 4G network at the time. But apparently, the device did come with 4G LTE support after all, as confirmed by T-Mobile at CES 2013. The T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 didn’t ship with any LTE support, but a software patch will make it compatible once the network is up.