Techs & Trends
802.11ac Wireless: WHEN?
Anyway, to answer your question, the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S4 will have "ac".
It'll reach U.S. carriers late April/early May.
Another emerging technology I think is worth waiting for is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 processor! And Qualcomm's RF360 chip. Google them, the capabilities the Snapdragon 800 & RF360 chip will unlock will be mindblowing.
Programmers know about this because making applications for ARM is a bit different than programming for x86 platforms.
A lot of surprises await for us this year.
Plus it brings a 75% improvement in battery efficiency, USB 3.0 support, and QuickCharge 2.0.
I currently have the Samsung Droid Charge, essentially equivalent to the Galaxy S1,so I am ready for an upgrade,... but I'm going to wait for a smartphone with the Snapdragon 800 to come to market,I think it'll be worth the wait.
My baseline requirements for my next smartphone: USB 3.0, BT 4.0, 802.11ac wi-fi, microSDHC card slot, removable battery (hopefully), 1080p HD display & camera.
Let's see if I'll be a happy geek in the coming months, or a disgruntled curmudgeon swearing off all tech.
Thanks for the heads-up on the new QualComm chips. Hopefully, one of the smartphone makers will get it *right* one of these days.
USB 3.0, and a bunch of other mind blowing things.
You'll probably end up getting a new smartphone somewhere around October, Note 3 is my guess.
I've been following HTC's launch of the One and it has been an unmitigated disaster in my opinion. Their various email offers for free cases or $100 rebates through the email links to the LetsTalk.com website do not work and have expired.
The only redeeming thing HTC has done is to offer an unlocked 32GB or 64GB models of the One smartphone. The 64GB version has the unlocked bootloader (but may not work with certain DRM-locked media).
Let's see if Samsung does better with the SGS4 product launch.