Comcast boosts its Gigabit Internet Service Footprint

Not to be outdone by AT&T and Google Fiber, Comcast is expanding its gigabit Internet service across the Northeast. The company’s move follows a similar expansion in other areas of the country. The massive telecom and entertainment firm likely hopes to lessen the effects of cord cutting on its subscriber base.

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Comcast is expanding Gigabit Internet service to businesses and homes. Image copyright Comcast.

News about the growth of Comcast’s gigabit service rollout appeared this week in DSLReports among other sources. Let’s look at the details to see if super high speed Internet is coming to your city.

Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Vermont slated for Comcast Gigabit Service

According to reports, residential customers in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Vermont are on the docket for improved Internet service from Comcast. These gigabit download speeds are now available in a few cities in Vermont, including the capital, Montpelier. Expect the majority of the state to receive it by the end of 2018. Hopefully, this includes the state’s largest city, Burlington.

Michael Parker, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Western New England Region, commented on their efforts. “With the launch of our 1 Gigabit service, we continue to deliver an unparalleled Internet experience for our customers in terms of speed, control and reliability,” said Parker. The service uses DOCSIS 3.1 technology requiring only a compatible modem to receive one gig speeds. Use a WiFi router to let your mobile devices and other equipment access the gigabit connection.

Prices for the service start at $105 per month without a contract. A $90 monthly price requires a one-year agreement. Connecticut is also seeing similar prices. The higher competition between ISPs in the Northeast keeps the prices low compared to other regions.

Comcast recently announced gigabit service expansion in the Southeast, including cities in Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The monthly price for the same service is $140, but the same $90 promotional offering is available. Competition between Internet providers is obviously smaller in these areas.

Comcast Gigabit Business Service also Part of the Expansion

Comcast also provides a gigabit Internet service for businesses. Naturally, it is also being expanded to the same regions as their consumer product. The price for this Comcast Business offering varies based on the number of locations served and other factors.

According to the company: “the speed and cost efficiencies afforded by Comcast Business’s gig-speed network make it ideally suited for businesses across several industries such as retail, healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, education and government.”

For home consumers, explore a bundle with other Comcast XFINITY digital TV and home phone services for the best price. In service areas where broadband competition is little, this offers the best chance for cost savings and a fast Internet speed. Understand that early termination fees likely apply. In short, make sure you read the fine print of your service contract on data caps and any other “gotchas.”

Stay tuned to Bandwidth Place for additional insights as well as to check availability from the ISPs with the best Internet speed. We also help to optimize your Internet access to get the fastest speeds. Thanks for reading!

The Smart Speaker Market explodes in Popularity

Smart speakers are seeing increased adoption in WiFi-enabled houses across the country. In fact, these Internet devices now reside in over twice as many homes compared to one year ago, according to data from the media analytics company, comScore. 20 percent of American households with WiFi include some form of smart speaker.

We covered this voice activated technology ever since the Amazon Echo first hit the marketplace in 2015. Now let’s analyze this latest information to help you decide on purchasing your own smart speaker. Maybe your house even needs a second or third unit?

A Closer Look at the Expanding Smart Speaker Market

After Amazon garnered a surprise hit with the Echo, many other technology companies joined the fray with similar devices. The Google Home and Apple’s HomePod, powered by Siri, are two obvious examples. The speaker from Cupertino is known for its superior sound quality, but suffers from being tethered to the Apple “walled garden.”

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The Amazon Echo dominates the smart speaker market. Photo copyright Amazon.

For its own part, Amazon released a cornucopia of variants on the Echo. These include the Amazon Tap, the smaller Echo Dot, and others. A few third-party units, like some Sonos models, even add voice control using Amazon’s Alexa.

All these options for consumers led to an explosion in the smart speaker market over the recent Holiday season. The comScore data nicely illustrates this massive growth. According to the company, the market grew 50 percent in the three month period from December to January.

18.7 million homes now use at least one smart speaker. 30 percent of those households own more than one. The demographics for this market transcend all age groups and income levels.

Susan Engleson from comScore commented on this massive market growth. “Driving this uptick in adoption was a larger variety of devices as well as lower price points. Google released the Home Mini on October 19 and kept the price at $29 for the holiday season. Amazon expanded its lineup prior to the holiday season with new devices – Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Spot and Echo Look – and also offered its entry-level device, the Echo Dot, for $29,” said Engleson.

Bandwidth Considerations for a Smart Speaker

So does a smart speaker use a large amount of your Internet bandwidth? Thankfully, voice activated speakers consume a similar amount as any audio device, like an Internet radio. In short, you won’t need a Google Fiber account to get the most out of your Echo, Tap, or HomePod.

If you want the best sound quality for using your smart speaker to stream music, the Apple HomePod received the best reviews. Sonos provides another worthy – possibly even superior – option with its Alexa voice control features. Still, even the best smart speaker doesn’t equal a fully appointed 5.1 home entertainment system to play music.

Most music streaming services, like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Google Play are able to be managed using voice commands. This serves well as an alternative to a Bluetooth speaker or other wireless speaker option.

Obviously, it serves an expanding niche in the American household. Everything from checking the latest scores to the local rush hour traffic is possible. You are also able to control your smart home. Simply use your voice to ask a question, whether it’s Siri, Amazon Alexa, Cortana, or another voice assistant.

Stay tuned to Bandwidth Place for additional insights on your Internet service and the smart home devices that use it.

Rural Internet Access gets a Boost from SuperTowers

Expanding rural Internet access continues to be championed by many in the government and telecommunications industry. In fact, we previously talked about initiatives from Microsoft, Elon Musk, and others. Preventing the adverse impacts of digital redlining in underserved regions of America benefits the country in a myriad of ways.

It now appears that a new group leveraging innovative technology known as SuperTowers hopes to change the game with high-speed Internet availability in rural areas. Too many rural communities in America use Internet service providers whose only option is a satellite dish with low Internet speeds. Let’s take a closer look at their efforts to see when this new mobile broadband tech becomes reality.

A Balloon with the Mobile Broadband Power of 30 Cell Towers

The technology innovation behind SuperTowers is from a Massachusetts-based company known as Altaeros. Their design leverages a type of balloon known as an aerostat capable of carrying telecommunications equipment. News about Altaeros’s efforts appeared earlier this week in the IEEE Spectrum.

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An Altaeros SuperTower in action. Photo courtesy Altaeros.

The SuperTower system relies on tethered aerostats at an altitude of 800 feet. When arrayed with the necessary receiver and transmitter equipment, one SuperTower provides mobile broadband coverage over an area of nearly 4,000 square miles. It takes around 30 cell towers to provide a similar range of service.

Needless to say, this could be a gamechanger for improving rural Internet access across the country, as long as Internet providers support the tech. The IEEE notes that bringing 4G mobile broadband to these underserved areas requires at least 37,500 new cell phone towers at a cost of nearly $12.5 billion. Altaeros hopes to accomplish a similar service level at a fraction of the price: 70 percent cheaper according to company CEO, Ben Glass.

New Mobile Internet Technology also provides Flexibility

Since SuperTowers are portable, they offer flexibility for mobile broadband Internet service, for example an event like a music festival. Altaeros enjoyed a successful test run with a prototype tower using technology from Ericsson. Automated operation is one major difference between the SuperTower and traditional aerostats requiring human operators.

If SuperTowers become widely used, providers manage an entire fleet from a remote operations center. They dispatch a ground crew whenever a problem happens with one of the towers. A restored Internet connection is the result.

While the initial prototype used 4G technology, Glass says Altaeros is ready for 5G. The technology is also more “green” than traditional cell towers, considering one SuperTower does the work of 30. “Even though we aren’t generating renewable energy, we are able to reduce the carbon footprint,” commented Glass.

Ultimately, Altaeros offers hope for Internet access to rural areas truly needing it for employment, education, and more. Are the days of sketchy satellite Internet service with costly data plans, or dial-up with a poor download speed soon to be gone? Stay tuned to Bandwidth Place for additional dispatches on fast Internet usage in the United States.

Cord Cutting Losses increase for Comcast

Cord cutting continues to play havoc with the subscriber counts at the top players in the pay TV industry, including Comcast. In fact, some analysts predict the tech giant’s losses because of cord cutters to more than double this year. Other companies, especially the satellite providers DirecTV and Dish, suffer from a similar subscriber loss.

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The Comcast Logo. Image copyright Comcast.

News about the Comcast cord cutting losses appeared this week in DSLReports among other sources. Let’s take a closer look at the details to see if this industry shakeup affects your own family’s home Internet or digital TV services.

The Comcast Immunity from Cord Cutters Fades?

ISP industry analysts noted Comcast’s previous immunity from cord cutting due to their status as both a provider of both Internet service and digital TV. The company actually benefited from customers leaving satellite TV service in favor of a bundled package with Comcast. Other companies, like Spectrum and AT&T, enjoyed a similar boost.

Now it appears those halcyon days are over, as cord cutters are leaving Comcast in increasing numbers. UBS analyst John Hodulik noted that “We now expect Comcast to lose 400,000 video subscribers in 2018 (previous estimate negative 320,000) while video revenue will fall 1.4%.”

As a comparison, the company only lost 150,000 video subscribers in 2017. This updated prediction from UBS actually shows a subscriber loss almost three times as much as last year. Naturally, the stock analyst firm lowered Comcast target price from $49 per share to $47.

AT&T and Verizon also expected to lose Subscribers

Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and other providers apparently aren’t immune to the latest cord cutting news. UBS predicts video subscriber losses for both in 2018. At the same time, companies with streaming services – including many of the same firms currently losing cord cutters – are seeing an uptick in customer sign-ups.

Hodulik predicts the number of streaming service subscribers to increase by two-thirds in 2018. It’s expected to grow to 15 million subscribers by the end of the decade; accounting for 16 percent of the subscription TV market. Customers now subscribe to most popular streaming services including AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Dish Network’s Sling TV, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and Google’s premium YouTube offering.

With more users opting for streaming TV services instead of cable TV or satellite, the importance of ISP performance grows. This is the case where you use a smart TV or another streaming device like a Roku. Make sure you regularly run an Internet speed test to ensure you are receiving the bandwidth and performance deemed in your contract.

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Google Project Fi ranks as the Most Popular Wireless Network

The readers of PC Magazine named Google’s Project Fi as the most popular wireless network according to the magazine’s 2018 Readers Choice Awards. Actually, the Google network tied with Consumer Cellular, who regularly ranks at the top of the PCMag survey. Bringing up the rear are some of the biggest players in the industry, including AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and Virgin Mobile.

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Project Fi may be a worthy wireless option for you. Logo copyright Google.

Let’s dive into the details on the PCMag survey. Perhaps a few conclusions lurk within their carrier ratings?

The Customer matters when it comes to Wireless Service

It is important to note that both winners of the PCMag Readers Choice Award – Project Fi and Consumer Cellular – don’t actually own a wireless network. Instead, they piggyback on the networks provided by other carriers. In the case of Fi, they partner with three — Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular — ensuring great customer service no matter their location in the United States.

As such, the PC Magazine awards measure customer satisfaction as opposed to the actual speed and quality of the network. Although, those factors definitely influence consumer happiness. Project Fi’s recent introduction of their Bill Protection unlimited data plan likely contributes to this goodwill from their users.

The Details behind PCMag’s Wireless Carrier Ratings

Both Project Fi and Consumer Cellular earned customer satisfaction and “likelihood to recommend” ratings over 9.0 from PC Magazine’s readers. They are the only carriers in the survey with ratings that high. Considering Consumer Cellular focuses on elderly customers by offering an AARP discount, Fi remains the leading wireless provider among the consumers of all ages.

One interesting artifact from the survey is Consumer Cellular received the highest ratings for the fewest dropped phone calls, data usage speed, and network reliability. These all rank higher than the carriers – AT&T and T-Mobile – Consumer Cellular uses for network access. Project Fi enjoyed the highest rating for overall cost, while Verizon and AT&T ranked at the bottom in that metric.

Project Fi topped the rankings when it comes to local coverage. In fact, the only flaw the survey respondents found with Fi is the relative lack of smartphone choice. The service’s sim card naturally supports Google Pixel XL smartphones as well as one model from Motorola, the Moto X4. Interested iPhone users simply need to choose a phone plan from a different wireless carrier.

When it comes to the four largest American wireless carriers, T-Mobile garners the highest overall satisfaction rating at 8.4. As noted earlier, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint rank at the bottom of the list. PC Magazine also notes that T-Mobile’s ratings continue to trend upwards.

If you are interested in exploring a different wireless carrier, be sure to explore the PCMag ratings in more detail. Stay tuned to Bandwidth Place for additional insights on how to get the most out of your Internet service – wired, wi-fi, or mobile.

The Differences between the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus

Samsung recently introduced its new flagship Galaxy S9 and the S9+ to the world, with high-end tech consumers already starting the comparisons. Does the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus deserve its moniker and hefty price tag, or is the S9 good enough for government work? Let’s take a look.

Pretty Samsung Galaxy Smartphones

The S9 and the S9 Plus definitely turned heads because of their refined design features. Both iterations boast Samsung’s signature curve, with the front and back panels set apart by a gorgeous aluminum frame. The S9 and the S9+ are also smaller than the S8, giving the ninth generation of the Galaxy phone series a more streamlined and chic appeal. Both are slightly heavier than their predecessors, adding to their gravitas.

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 highlighted Mobile World Congress 2018. Photo copyright Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy Durability Reviews are Mixed

Unfortunately, the new Samsung phones share a regrettable characteristic of many posh accoutrements: they are incredibly fragile. They scuff easily, and the Gorilla Glass 5 top layer will wear away rather quickly, especially if you are the type to keep your phone in a tight pants pocket.

They are, however, water and dust resistant, and rated as such by the IP68 standard. This means that your Samsung will be able to come up breathing after dropping it in no more than 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to half an hour.

The Quad HD Infinity Display

Samsung is known for its unique way of creating deep, engaging color schemes in all of its displays, and the S9/S9 Plus are no different. You get a great look from a wider variety of angles, and the Infinity Display provides even deeper immersion. Although your image no longer bleeds all the way to the edge of the curved glass, you actually gain a bit of functionality from this. The Infinity Display was criticized for the accidental palm presses that it created when the image bleed was maximized to the edge.

The first major difference between the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the S9 Plus is the slightly larger screen size of the Plus (6.2 in compare to 5.8 in). You get a striking 18.5:9 aspect ratio for both phones. The max resolution is also striking – 2960 x 1440 Quad HD+ with downscale capacity for slightly more battery life.

The Galaxy S9 Plus boasts Superior Performance

The S9+ offers more RAM than the S9 (6 MB to 4 MB). The added boost of power seemed to take the S9 to another level of performance when running multiple apps. The S9 had a bit of lag in some places, while the Plus had none.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 powers the S9/S9+. You get 64 GB of onboard storage with both phones, with the ability to expand out to 400 GB using microSD cards.

Samsung wisely decided to keep the headphone jack on the S9/S9+ as well.

Checking your mobile Internet speed on a mobile device is a good idea – to make sure your hardware isn’t lagging your connection. You can get this done easily and accurately at bandwidthplace.com. Do it before you throw away that warranty paperwork.

The Bottom Line

Samsung did a lot of great work with its eighth generation Galaxy – the S9 is no slouch. The Plus adds a bit of bang for the buck, and is certainly worth the extra money for heavy Internet/business users.

5G Technology behind the Killing of the Deal between Qualcomm and Broadcom

Earlier this week, the president issued an executive order killing the prospective merger between Broadcom and mobile chipmaker, Qualcomm. The reason behind this move relates to fostering the growth of 5G technology across the country. National security concerns also lie at the heart of the decision.

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The Qualcomm logo. Image copyright Qualcomm.

News about the blocked Qualcomm purchase appeared this week in CNET among other sources. Let’s look at the details to see if it influences when 5G wireless technology arrives in your city.

Protecting US 5G Technology Innovation

President Trump’s decision follows a report from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS). Their government analysis stated the Singapore-based Broadcom buying the American Qualcomm puts us at risk regarding mobile 5G technology. The country obviously places much importance in the growth of 5G over the next decade.

While 5G networks offer the potential for faster mobile wireless voice and Internet service, it also lies at the heart of innovations in self-driving cars, remote surgery, and more. In short, Qualcomm’s technology is important to the country in a myriad of ways.

The company remains the world’s leading manufacturer of the chips used in mobile phones as well as 4G LTE tech. They are currently investing in the research of 5G networking. Qualcomm’s R&D work puts it ahead of other foreign technology firms.

The Future of Mobile 5G gets closer

These other countries, however, are upping their games when it comes to 5G research. Just last week, we reported on the Chinese phone-maker, Huawei, and their recent 5G smartphone announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Additionally, the CFIUS report mentioned Huawei by name.

American microprocessor technology giant, Intel, previously tried to buy Qualcomm. The blocking of the Broadcom purchase attempt by the U.S. Government might lead to Intel taking another shot. AT&T, Verizon, and other mobile technology firms rely on Qualcomm‘s work, making them attractive to Intel.

If anything, this presidential executive order dovetails nicely with their plans to build a federal 5G network that we reported on earlier. Letting Qualcomm innovate appears to be the ultimate goal.

With AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile all announcing 5G wireless networks by the end of this year, it is obvious this new age of wireless mobile technology is reaching a critical mass. The benefits go beyond faster mobile Internet access. Expect to read more about the continued adoption of 5G here at Bandwidth Place as it happens.

Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition and your Internet Speed

I am playing the intense Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition expansion on the PlayStation 4 with the new first player perspective and dramatic storyline changes. Mixed feelings abound.

Judging this game as if I were a new RPG gamer or a Final Fantasy fangirl from VII on remains the question. I’ll put it this way – if I had just started playing the Final Fantasy series with XV, I would be blown away. The new features in the Royal Edition fill in all of the holes for the modern gamer.

The First-Person Visual Experience of Final Fantasy XV

First of all, you finally get first player perspective for Prince Noctis, a long overdue feature that Square Enix should have seen fit to add ever since Call of Duty made it a staple for games aimed at anyone under the age of 35. It works here by bringing you deeper into the magic of the landscape that is Insomnia City. If you are lucky enough to have a multiple screen setup with the lights off, you will be in for an incredible visual experience.

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Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition. Image copyright Square Enix.

The new fight mechanics and bosses are insane as well. You get a new level of challenges that will grip you even if you have been grinding through the main game. Armiger Unleashed juiced-up combat adds new sparks to what is already a good battle engine.

I really wanted to try out the Comrades multiplayer add-on. After checking my Internet speed connection stats with bandwidthplace.com and receiving a good connection, I focused on the strategy during the game:

Ping – 207 ms
DL Speed – 1.27 Mbps
UL Speed – 0.41 Mbps

Multiplayer Final Fantasy XV Gameplay

There was no lag on my side, revealing the good programming, much to Square Enix’s credit. I fully expected that Comrades would not receive the attention that it deserved. Final Fantasy is not exactly known as a multiplayer game, but Comrades turned out to be a truly exciting experience – one that I could finally share with my recluse friends who were looking for something more in depth than the aforementioned Call of Duty.

All of this is well and good until I think about reviewing Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition as a whole, over its whole lifespan, against itself. When I think of the game like this, I can’t help but look at XV as one of the more mediocre efforts in series history. It took a long time, about 12 months, before we had what we could call a complete game from Square Enix. And although the Royal Edition add-ons were fun, I could not help but think they were pretty last minute additions that could have used a bit more polish.

The story barely managed to keep from feeling completely tacked on for the sake of milking the diehard fan’s money. Square Enix is still planning to release content for FF XV throughout 2018, which means they seem to know there is still something missing. This edition of Final Fantasy is adequate for the long term fan, but there was definitely some pandering going on that took away from the core beauty of what we all know Final Fantasy can be.

5G News from Mobile World Congress 2018

The recent Mobile World Congress is one of the highlights of the technology industry. As usual, this year’s event took place in Barcelona; click here to read our coverage of the coolest mobile devices announced at MWC. This time out, we look at some of the interesting 5G news announcements.

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Mobile World Congress 2018 featured a host of 5G news. Logo copyright GSMA.

With AT&T scheduled to bring 5G service to 12 cities by the end of the year, are 5G smartphones expected as well? Let’s take a look at what MWC 2018 told us.

Sprint and T-Mobile adding 5G Networks

Not content to let AT&T steal all the thunder, Sprint and T-Mobile both announced plans to bring 5G service to a variety of U.S. cities over the next two years. News about these new networks appeared in ZDNet. Neither company released anything about 5G smartphones.

Sprint revealed that Los Angeles, Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and Houston are expected to receive 5G service sometime this year. T-Mobile’s plans involve building 5G networks in 30 cities with Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, and Dallas slated for the service by the end of 2018. In both cases, finding enough spectrum is a key factor in bringing 5G to more locations.

What about 5G Smartphones?

Frankly, what good is 5G wireless service without the mobile devices able to use it? News about 5G smartphones at Mobile World Congress seemed a little slim. Many companies are working on the technology, but little concrete information on availability exists.

Huawei introduced a 5G chipset and plans on releasing a 5G smartphone using it in the second half of 2018. The company said its chipset is the first commercially available using the new technology. CNBC and other sources reported on this news.

Additionally, that network reported on a new initiative from Intel to include its 5G modem technology in laptops by Microsoft, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. The computer makers announced no release dates for these new devices. For their part, both AT&T and Verizon divulged they plan on bringing 5G hotspots to the marketplace before smartphones.

The Dawn of the 5G Era still a Year or Two in the Future

A lack of spectrum and compatible devices places the true emergence of 5G into 2019 at the earliest. The early focus on hotspots and internal modem tech hints at data being the dominant driver instead of voice. Expect to read more about 5G in the coming months here at Bandwidth Place.

Three Big Stories from Mobile World Congress 2018

There was plenty going on at Mobile World Congress 2018 – so much that it is difficult to pick the top innovations from the gathering. We need to limit the scope of our criteria just to wade through all of the exciting new products that were there. With that in mind, let’s focus our efforts here on three products expected to be required tech in 2019.

The Galaxy S9 Family

The mobile technology that stole the show, hands down, was the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. These two new flagships finally employed AR technology in an accessible way, along with facial recognition and fingerprint sensors for security. The cameras on these phones are next level, making them the ultimate consumer tool for 2018. Basically, if you are not going to invest in an Apple phone, this is what you need to get.

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 highlighted Mobile World Congress 2018. Photo copyright Samsung.

The S9 Plus costs around 20% more than the base model, but it also comes with 2 GB more of RAM, 64 GB more media space, a telephoto option for improved camera zoom, a 500 mAh improvement in battery life, and a slightly larger screen.

The Huawei MediaPad M5

The MediaPad M5 represents a line of three absolutely incredible tablets that lend a new level of functionality to high end Android tablets. All three come in two screen sizes – 8.4 inch and 10.8 inch. On top of this, you can also invest in the MediaPad 5 Pro, which comes with a stylus.

Surprisingly, the smaller versions may have a better display to them because of their higher pixel per inch frequency (359 ppi compared to 280 ppi for the 10.8 inch version). However, all of these tablets have a 20% improvement in picture quality because of the new Huawei technology known as ClairVu. They include either dual or quad speakers, and an Android Oreo 8 overlay known as Emotion UI 8.

The Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony gets back into the mobile fray with the flagship Xperia XZ2, a device that definitely ups the ante for their product line. This is the big brand phone with the greatest improvements in design, so expect to turn heads after picking one up. However, the performance matches the aesthetic. Starting with a smart 4K HDR video capture feature and ending with a design language called “Ambient Flow,” you get every upgrade that Sony could think of to draw users back to the company.

The smartphone sports an 18:9 display, much larger than previous iterations of Sony phones. The screen is a huge: 5.8 inches with a noticeable reduction in bezel size. Its new Dynamic Vibration System adds low end to movies, games and movies. Also, don’t forget 19 MP sensor on the camera.

There was so much at Mobile World Congress 2018, you really had to be there to take it all in. Expect these products to be some of the most highly coveted from the convention. Stay tuned to Bandwidth Place for additional dispatches from the telecommunications world.