AT&T has recently made some improvements to some of its LG and Samsung smartphones. These latest updates include showing AT&T 5G connectivity logos on screen regardless of these smartphones actual capabilities of connecting to 5G networks.
As of now, LG and Samsung smartphones such as the Galaxy S8, LG V30 or the V40 that are connected to AT&T’s LTE network, will show a different connection icon. The speed boosting connection will display “5G E” instead of “LTE”.
NOT ACTUAL 5G
The additional “E” in the connection icon is not what a regular user would think it is. As it appears to be smaller than the rest of the icon, it should indicate the fact that this is not a real 5G connection. The “E” stands for “Evolution” and allegedly, seems to be a part of the company’s marketing strategy.
As the mobile market is moving forward towards 5G, the marketing “war” has already begun. The largest players in the game are already starting to make marketing plans to gain costumer’s attention. AT&T’s “5G E” is most likely a rebranding of their current LTE network which is definitely capable of speed boosting but it is in fact, by definition, an LTE network and not 5G. These display changes should not have any actual impact on the phone’s performance.
According to AT&T, the 5G E connection will reach an improved speed of around 40Mbps, which is quite common on other major carriers while connecting in a city.
The “5G E” icon is to be added to more AT&T devices by spring 2019 and can be added to each of their current 17 phones but the company is yet to reveal which ones.