The brand new, squeezable HTC U11 would be the first Dash telephone to assist gigabit LTE, Dash and HTC confirmed at a press occasion this morning. It will additionally get its quickest speeds in Canada and Australia, though different US carriers can be in a barely slower lane.

At launch, the U11 would be the quickest telephone on Dash’s community, however the provider is not enjoying up the U11’s gigabit capabilities as a result of it hasn’t constructed out a lot of that community but. Gigabit speeds will roll out over the subsequent 12 months, at which level there can be a number of Dash telephones in the marketplace able to working at most velocity, Dash execs informed me.

However this does make the U11 Dash’s most presently future-proof telephone, network-wise. It additionally offers HTC bragging rights over Motorola; its Z2 phone was utilized in a Dash gigabit demo in March, however the machine hasn’t been formally introduced but.

Gigabit LTE requires three applied sciences, and one is hard. 3x provider aggregation and 256QAM encoding are largely software program. However 4×4 MIMO requires new antennas tuned to a particular band. If a telephone would not assist 4×4 MIMO in your provider’s band, you are out of luck.

That is why the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a gigabit LTE telephone on AT&T and T-Cellular, however not Dash. Its 4×4 MIMO antennas are on the bands AT&T and T-Cellular predominantly makes use of, however not the Band 41 that Dash must hit the best speeds.

The U11 has 4×4 MIMO on bands three, 7, and 41. Band three is utilized by Telstra in Australia to allow its gigabit community, which we examined in January. Band 7 is in style with the three main Canadian carriers. Band 41 is Dash.

Whereas there may also be an unlocked model of the U11 suitable with the three different main US carriers, HTC stated, it will not have the 4×4 MIMO benefit and will due to this fact get barely slower general community speeds than telephones with that know-how. At the moment, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the one gigabit telephones for the opposite carriers, though extra units will roll out later this 12 months.

The HTC U11 goes on pre-sale in the present day and can be on cabinets June 9 for $696.