Samsung Galaxy Note 7 appears to include 4×4 MIMO capabilities

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When Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 7, it detailed several of the phone’s new features, like a water-resistant body, dual curved edge display, and improved S Pen. Now it’s been discovered that Samsung slipped in another feature that it didn’t mention on stage.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 appears to include 4×4 MIMO support, a new feature for consumer smartphones. The capability was found by Reddit users milan03 and 50atomic, and as you can see below, it was found on a Note 7 at a T-Mobile store. That “4RxD” indicates four-way receive antenna diversity.

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It’s worth noting that the feature isn’t officially supported by T-Mobile quite yet. CTO Neville Ray said back in December 2015 that T-Mo plans to roll out new technologies like 3-band carrier aggregation and 4×4 MIMO over the coming year, so we could see support roll out sometime later in 2016. The feature will also need to be enabled on the phone itself.

MIMO stands for Multiple Input Multiple Output, and so with 4×4 MIMO, the Galaxy Note 7 has four antennas for receiving data. With more antennas, you can get better download speeds, and including up to doubled peak download speeds when T-Mo flips the switch on 4×4 MIMO on its network. Plus, as Reddit user milan03 points out, faster download speeds can also help to save you battery life because you’re getting downloads done faster. For more technical details, you can check out milan03’s post here.

The Galaxy Note 7 is a flagship smartphone from Samsung, and they regularly pack their newest and most high-end tech into their Note phones. That’s why it’s not a huge surprise to see that the Note 7 is packing 4×4 MIMO capabilities. It’s unclear when Galaxy Note 7 owners will be able to take full advantage of this feature, but with this discovery, the Note 7 may have become more attractive to some T-Mobile customers.

Does this news make you more interested in the Galaxy Note 7?

Source: Reddit

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  • Acdc1a

    An $850 phone isn’t attractive to me at all.

    • kevev

      Same here. Nice device though. :)

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      Apple owners would pay 1k for their phones u know there are people for this

      • Acdc1a

        Of course there are people for it. I used to be one of them. I have better things to spend my money on these days… especially when this device will be $349 in a year’s time.

        • Shoaib Sheikh

          even less. I have always argued the depreciation on these devices. my friends laughed when i said that in a year note 5 will be 350$ and here we are. you know? 850$ – 350$ = 500$ in depreciation.
          500/365 = 1.36$/Day or 41$/month in depreciation rofl.

        • Acdc1a

          The Note 5 is $339 as we speak and the S6 is $269…and these are prices for factory refurbished. Used you can buy them for even less. If I’m buying flagship you can bet I’ll be a generation behind.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Nexus for me

  • Common sense

    Has anyone received any shipping notifications yet for their Note 7 pre-order? I’m hoping they send them out up to a week early just like the S6 & S7….

    • Hoggles

      S7 was 12 days early for me. We’ll start to see shipping updates/notices starting tomorrow & Friday.

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Same here pre-ordered on the 26th got it on the 29th

        Was surprised

    • Greg Victor

      I placed my order on 8/3, and according to customer service unlike the S6, & S7 the note will not ship early and to expect my order on the 19th at the earliest. Hopefully they are wrong!

      • Common sense

        I’m hoping they are wrong as well Greg. Unfortunately CSR’s are never fully in the know. I remember being on the phone with a rep (unrelated situation) the moment I received my S6 through UPS. I told him it should be arriving today and he said it would be another week for shipping since it wasn’t the official release date yet. Then my doorbell rang, lol. I already had my tracking info.

        • Greg Victor

          Just got off the phone with customer service. Now they are saying the first batch of phones will go out on the 15th. Got my fingers crossed.

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Was hoping they would

    • Panzer

      My order is still “processing” with expected shipping date on the 18th-19th.

      • Common sense

        I have the same status… Let’s see if that changes tomorrow!

    • JayBEE

      Hmm… I ordered on 8/4, site initially said expected shipment on 8/18-8/19… but a couple of days ago changed to 8/28-9/6 :(

  • Hoggles

    This is great news. Better connectivity is a good thing :)

  • Rob

    850 dollars for a phone that won’t get root? No thanks. Keeping my HTC 10 until the Nexus.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      Why not both lol

      • Rob

        I have better things to spend money on. The Note 5 was a miserable pit of Lagwiz all the way around. I’ll never buy another Samsung product as long as they keep on the anti-developer path. My HTC 10 is T-Mobile branded which I converted to US unlocked and just yesterday to WWE with just a few commands and a zip file. Any ROM for any HTC 10 SKU works on my HTC 10 regardless of the firmware it’s running. Samsung has purposely broken cross-SKU compatibility since at least the first Galaxy S just because they could. And if they are going to charge 850 for a phone it should at least have 6GB of RAM like the OnePlus 3. Samsung’s practices mean that vital security updates don’t get pushed out to all devices in a timely manner and their Marshmallow rollout for the Note 5 was ridiculous.

        • DStudio

          Please explain to me if I’m just ignorant here. I haven’t had an Android phone since the iPhone 5 was released, and I’ve never installed a custom ROM.

          But I was in Target today, where the display model Note 7 had locked up last night (it was working fine when I first saw it, previously). The sales guy did the Home-Power-DownVol reset, and it came up with a message “are you sure you want to install a custom firmware?” ~”Press UpVol to proceed or DownVol to ~cancel.”

          Is this only because it was a display model? Does it have nothing to do with installing custom ROMs on a production model?

        • gmo8492

          Its Samsung’s recovery for Touchwiz. You can always get into it by holding down the home button, power button and volume down. To install a custom ROM you need a customer recovery which also needs a script to run in the original recovery. You need a computer and use a program called Odin to begin the process of doing this. But since Samsung has locked the bootloader, there isn’t much developers can do to install custom ROMs on the phone.

        • DStudio

          Thanks, that makes sense – I didn’t realize it was only for Touchwiz.

          I’m thinking about getting the Note 7, and I like the hardware, but I’ll probably stay on the closed and relatively predictable iOS rather than messing with one phone on each OS. Plus my Samsung Tablet and Camera Android updates have been terrible (I’m lucky to get 1 update each!).

        • Shoaib Sheikh

          thing is, people like you and me (i still have my note4 for similar reason) are not in majority. that’s why HTC isnt doing that great even with great great design, software and developer support.
          if you start talking to iphone people, their thing is, I dont need a custom OS and i like to see top 10 songs listing so someone else can tell me which song i should like the most.
          Samsung as a copycat always have copied apple in design and in policies. LG does the same lol their bootloaders never get unlocked lol. Sad world we live in brother.

        • Rob

          It won’t install anything that isn’t signed by Samsung.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          I haven’t felt the need to root since lollipip

        • Rob

          I have too many apps to restore to skip the root. I just switched from Google Authenticator to Authy which eliminates that issue but I still have a lot of apps I got over the years for free that are no longer free plus backing up my app data is kind of key with some apps as well.

        • Ernie

          I agree, really that’s the main reason why I root. Googles app data backup is hit or miss!

        • Ernie

          That’s a special download mode so you can manually flash your phone with tar files using a program called Odin. They can be official firmwares/roms from samsung or modified ones. When you soft brick your device usually this is the only way to revive it.

          You first have to get it into that mode so you can flash custom firmware. Which isn’t always avilable.

          Official software is reversed engineered and twrp is added to the official firmware then flased using Odin.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          I did the same to my HTC 10 but didn’t bother to do WWE

          I’m switching to the HTC nexus woot

        • Rob

          I went to WWE just because it had newer firmware and I don’t use VoLTE or WiFi calling at all so I don’t miss them.

          The Nexus is on the table but if I go that route I’d have to jump to the cheapest Android phone, pay it off, drop jump, and buy the Nexus. It’s a tough call since I have jump 1.

        • Andre Dionne

          Well, and $25 for S-Off to do that conversion. I love my HTC 10, but I hate that unlike all my previous HTC (and other) phones, I can’t S-Off without paying $25. Which isn’t a ton of money, but still a cost I wasn’t anticipating since it was never needed before.

        • Rob

          While it’s true that S-OFF costs 25 dollars, it was available day one. They finally just got root for the Snapdragon 820 S7 Edge in what, July? And even then, it’s root, not full custom ROMs. 25 bucks is a drop in the bucket for all that it affords and beyond that, it isn’t required to root the device. You get a fully sanctioned official root procedure from HTC which is all you need to run custom ROMs. S-OFF is for those of us that want total control over our devices but it’s by no means a requirement as the bootloader can be unlocked out of the box. I pay the 25 bucks and I’m glad to do so because the old ways of getting S-OFF were ridiculously complicated. S-OFF from HTC gives you more control than any other device has.

        • Andre Dionne

          No argument on the Samsung front. They’re ridiculously close-minded to supporting the community. And yes, I unlocked my bootloader on day 1. But I don’t recall going through any complicated processes for S-Off before. To be honest, unlocking the bootloader was more complicated than any S-Off I’ve done on past HTC phones. I will eventually drop the $25, it’s just difficult to justify a cost that has always been free before this phone (at least for the ones I’ve owned, don’t know about the M9/A9, as those weren’t worth getting). I realize the team deserves (some of) that cost, it’s just something I’m putting off until it’s worthwhile (which will be soon).

        • Rob

          S-OFF was not fun on older devices. I remember making the gold card for my Sensation, there was the clip method that bricked a number of phones, and before that it required an engineering firmware which could brick your phone. I’ve had the EVO 4G WiMax, Sensation, Inspire 4G, M7, and M8 and the process was much easier on the 10 than the others. The token unlock was a bit annoying and took me a few tries for some reason but it worked. My Note 5 took hours because TWRP kept getting overwritten. I finally had to just turn off auto reboot in ODIN and 4 button combo to reboot and immediately flip to volume down to get the recovery to load. It wasn’t fun. I’ll take HTC any day over Samsung and LG won’t ever see my business either after the way they threw the LG G2x owners to the wolves, including myself, leaving us with a broken phone requiring us to pay full price for a Sensation.

        • My G4 was in for service this week, and I had to dig out my old Sensation 4G. Proved to myself you really cant go back.

    • Jay Holm

      What makes you so sure it won’t get root? Surely it will come!

    • Ehhh.. I stopped caring about root when I realized I just wanted my phone to just work… with that said I can’t wait to drop my Note 5 for the next Nexus.

      • Phone Guy

        What do you not enjoy about the Note 5 (besides the sealed battery). Just curious.

        • Sealed battery never bothered me. Note 5 has plenty of capacity & I’m always within reach of a charger when I need one.

          What irks me is the Samsung bloat. Before the Note 5 I had the Nexus 6 & didn’t realize how much I’d miss plain vanilla Android.

  • Philip

    Isnt this 4×4 thing like what they have on cable modem? I forgot whats its called.

    • Rob

      Channel bonding. Similar idea.

      • Jay Holm

        Does the S7 support 4×4 MIMO also? I sure hope so!!!

  • Guest

    Thank You Samsung, Thank You Wan Tu.

  • S. Ali

    Nope, not paying $800 for a damn phone. I don’t even pay that much for service a year.

    • Philip

      What are you comparing it to? A phone with s pen and iris scanning?

      • Acdc1a

        Don’t believe they said it was a bad phone, just not going to pay $800. I’m in the same boat.

      • patt

        so S-Pen and Iris scanner is worth paying 800$ for?

        • Phone Guy

          Heck yes.

        • patt

          Heck nope.

    • DKBNYC

      Yes you are. You know you are. Already pre-ordered didn’t you?

    • Corey Jalette

      Good thing that have things like upgrade plans. Otherwise I doubt anyone would be buying an 850$ phone. Getting the note 7 now compared to a month from now would be better since you’re getting a “free gift”.

      • Phone Guy

        A month from now they will have buy one get one free. BOGO. Much better than the free gift.

        • Corey Jalette

          Most BOGO offeres don’t apply to jump on demand. Which sucks.

  • Michael the POT GROWER

    All new top shelf phones are spendy, however if your SMART like some ppl you buy one with free like the 256 gig memory card or buy one get one free

  • William Kestle

    milon03 and 50atomic are great at finding stuff like this. they are over at howardforums

    • Jaden Keuten

      Neither of them use HoFo anymore.

      • William Kestle

        That’s unfortunate. I knew Milon had stopped, didn’t realize atomic 50 stopped as well

  • bill evans

    Do you guys think the note 7 will get delivered early?

    • nikolas ostropolskiy

      Seems like samsung is having lots of shortages after launching in dubai first and giving out thousands of note 7’s to reviewers and people richer than you and me. So far everything is pointing at the 19th sadly.

      • bill evans

        Thanks

    • Corey Jalette

      It’s always possible, but when I pre-ordered the gs7 edge it came a day late, and the stores had stock of them. I was upset to say the least. Never pre-ordering again lol

      • Phone Guy

        But now there is an in store upgrade charge of $20 so possibly better to do it online still???

  • Jay Holm

    Does the S7 support 4×4 MIMO?

  • SirStephenH

    Still not interested in a bloated, locked down, Samsung POS.

    • Phone Guy

      Then go back to your pre-paid phone. And don’t read these articles. They are only intended for smart people with good taste. Cheers.

      • eanfoso

        why are you being such a fanboy? he said nothing wrong nor lies, Sammy does like to bloat their stuff and locks it down, the general freedom with Sammy isn’t the same as nexus. Him having a different opinion than yours does NOT make less smart of a human being, it’s an opinion, he has the right to have one. Grow up, that’s such a childish comment.

  • el_perezo

    Nice. When did you preorder? I just did mine right now.

    • Guillermo Eduardo Ortega-ibarr

      Day 1 of preorder

  • luis castano

    I got charged too
    I place my order the same day pre order went live
    I hope it comes before the 18th, don’t know how long my note 4 will last

    • Phone Guy

      If your Note 4 is still under the insurance (the 10 per month or jump) Have them swap out a new refurb one for free (well, like $10) then you can sell it online later.

      • J Cav the Great

        Yup.

  • Phone Guy

    Color question: I have seen the blue and the silver in person. Both a blingy/ Shiny. Very nice looking but super reflective. All of the BLACK Note 7 photos almost look like they are flat black without all the shine. Does anyone know about the black?

  • Mike

    Since this phone shares much of the hardware found on the S7 Edge has anybody confirmed if the S7 also has the 4X MIMO?

    • Jaden Keuten

      Not yet. I’m waiting as well.

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