Verizon’s 5G speed peaks at 1.4Gbps, but only if you do ‘the 5G shuffle’


Replace: Our ongoing 5G velocity take a look at has changed into a liveblog of types, as we spent a second day reporting (additional beneath) on it in Chicago and testing out the Verizon 5G community’s potential to ship extremely wideband sign to the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. 

You’ll be able to ultimately get unimaginable 5G phone speeds within the US right this moment, in keeping with our assessments, however solely in two cities and provided that you do what we’re calling ‘the 5G shuffle.’

We had been in a position to take a look at the Verizon 5G community in Chicago utilizing a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G (and we’ll stick round to maintain doing so till Tuesday on our personal), and we have been in a position to pull down constant speeds topping 1Gbps. Certainly one of our 5G assessments peaked at 1.385Gbps.

However to get these headline-worthy speeds, we needed to principally transfer (or dance) across the 5G nodes that sit above lampposts on particular blocks in Chicago. It is reportedly the identical in the one different US metropolis with energetic Verizon 5G nodes, Minneapolis.

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Wonderful 5G speeds, with apparent caveats 

TechRadar grew to become the first outlet with a 5G phone when the Moto Z3 5G launched final month, however the Verizon 5G community was simply getting underway. It both wasn’t as quick again then, or we did not get consistent-enough sign to succeed in the heights we’re seeing now. It even often dropped again all the way down to 4G LTE mid-test.

Now, 5 weeks later and with the Galaxy S10 5G in hand, we have gotten speeds that made the Verizon engineers readily available from New York visibly excited. They’re seeing the almost 1.4Gbps speeds within the wild for the primary time, too.

Speeds assessments utilizing the Ookla app supplied us some perception into peak uncooked speeds, and so they had been nice. But it surely was additionally necessary to do real-world assessments – whereas doing the 5G shuffle – to see how Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Android recreation downloads did.

Essentially the most stunning 5G take a look at we carried out?

  • Stranger Issues (Total First Season) on 5G: 38.78 seconds
  • Stranger Issues (Total First Season) on 4G: 1 hour 16 minutes

Sure, we waited on the identical wet avenue nook in Chicago to check these speeds. One completed in beneath a minute, and the opposite took one hour and 16 minutes.

The distinction is staggering on this 5G take a look at. We used the Galaxy S10 5G linked to Verizon’s 5G extremely wideband sign. The 4G comparability take a look at used an iPhone XS Max on AT&T’s getting ‘5Ge’ sign (which is not precise 5G, as we have reported a number of occasions and a advertising stunt over which Dash sued AT&T).

We had been additionally in a position to obtain Fortnite in 2 minutes and 55 seconds and Asphalt 9: Legends in 2 minutes and 23 seconds on the Galaxy S10 5G.

Whereas these 5G assessments weren’t at almost 1.4Gbps, they had been quick (round 1Gbps) and relied on if the app maker was optimized to ship quick speeds. Downloading the sport PUBG from the Google Play Retailer, for instance, was a bit slower than downloading the identical recreation file from the Galaxy App Retailer.

In different phrases, the pull from our 5G machine and direct line of sight of the 5G node was necessary, however so is the push from Google, Netflix and different content material suppliers.

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5G velocity take a look at: Chicago Day 2

Gone from Chicago are the opposite tech reporters, however we’re nonetheless right here seeing if the 5G community holds up after the preliminary launch day hype. The reply: sure and no.

We will verify that the 5G nodes are nonetheless energetic (this wasn’t purely a publicity stunt like some have implied). However, for big portion of the day, the our Samsung Galaxy S10 5G telephone (we purchased a unit at Verizon’s flagship Chicago retailer on launch day) did fall out of sync with each Verizon’s 5G and even 4G LTE sign. 

That is proper, we had been working on a 3G speeds for the higher a part of day two. Was it a community drawback? Was it a {hardware} drawback? We’ll by no means know. However a reset of the telephone solved the problem and had been we again as much as 4G LTE and, in designated spots, 5G.

Clearly, 5G has rising pains. At almost 1.4Gbps in our uncooked speeds assessments, in keeping with our velocity assessments, it reveals super promise. However blanketing the whole metropolis of Chicago goes to take a while. Even saying 5G is extra of a 2020 factor than a 2019 factor sounds hopeful at occasions.

We’ll proceed to replace our week-long 5G take a look at as we get extra time the the Galaxy S10 5G and evaluate it to 4G LTE in Chicago.


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