First Smartphones With Faster Wi-Fi 7 Coming as Early as 2024

The first smartphones that support Wi-Fi 7 could start coming out as soon as the second half of 2024, according to a new report from DigiTimes that cites IC backend houses and inspection labs.

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Wi-Fi 7 is able to use 320MHz channels and it supports 4K quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) technology, ultimately providing up to 2.4x faster speeds than Wi-Fi 6 with the same number of antennas.

Positioned as the next major generational Wi-Fi technology evolution, Wi-Fi 7 is expected to provide speeds of "at least 30" gigabits per second and could even hit 40Gbps, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance. It will offer speeds fast enough for next-generation AR/VR, 8K video streaming, and gaming devices.

Wi-Fi 6 features speeds of up to 9.6Gb/s, and WiFi 5 maxed out at 3.5Gb/s, so WiFi 7 will be a notable improvement when it launches. There is no word as of yet on when Apple might implement Wi-Fi 7, but it is worth noting that Apple has not even adopted Wi-Fi 6E, which has been available since 2019.

Apple devices are still using Wi-Fi 6, and there is a possibility that Apple will stick with Wi-Fi 6 until the launch of Wi-Fi 7, skipping Wi-Fi 6E entirely. DigiTimes suggests that with the launch of Wi-Fi 7 on the horizon, Wi-Fi 6E is "just a transitional technology."

Wi-Fi 7 will come first to routers and notebooks before making its way to smartphones. In January, MediaTek demoed Wi-Fi 7, and Intel has said that it plans to adopt Wi-Fi 7 in PC laptops by 2024, with the technology appearing in major markets in 2025. Qualcomm is also working on Wi-Fi 7 chip options that are expected to appear in the same time frame.

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Top Rated Comments

oofio2461 Avatar
24 months ago
Apple will probably add Wifi 7 Support when Wifi 8 comes out.
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
1557750 Avatar
24 months ago
Faster! Faster!! FASTER!!!

Load. Scroll. Tap. Tap. Scroll. Load. Tap.

Everyone in a hurry to fry their brains by getting their content faster. No one will ever be content. I’m good where it’s at.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Michael Scrip Avatar
24 months ago
I don't even have a router with 6 or 6E yet.

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Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fwmireault Avatar
24 months ago
Coming to iPhone in 2036. We think you’re gonna love it.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Edsel Avatar
24 months ago
Why Fi?

I'm running Apple 1200 baud and it's fast enough for me, especially compared to my old Hayes 300 baud.

/S ;)

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Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jav6454 Avatar
24 months ago
So basically, you’ll never see those speeds, as rarely will you ever use 320Mhz or 160Mhz channel slices.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)