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HTC One 2 (M8) to Support Dual Band Wi-Fi Switching?

December 16, 2013 - Written By Syed Sofian Rabbani

The rumored upcoming iteration of HTC’s latest flagship device – the HTC One 2 (popularly known as the HTC M8) has recently resurfaced in the news once again; this time for supporting dual band Wi-Fi. Previously the device was hinted at by a UK High Court judge during a recent Nokia and HTC patent infringement lawsuit.

The Wi-Fi certification document for the HTC One 2 or the HTC M8 has been outed and it brings forth the exciting news that the device is equipped with a Wi-Fi antenna capable of switching between both the Wi-Fi bands i.e. 5 GHz and the more common 2.4 GHz. According to the document, the HTC One 2 will support all variants of the 802.11 standard including a, b, g, n and ac. The HTC One 2 or the HTC M8 is by no means the first device to support dual band Wi-Fi switching and the feature is available on most flagships today – including the HTC One, the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5.

For the uninitiated, Wi-Fi has traditionally been limited to the 2.4 GHz frequency band and currently the band is overcrowded. Added on to this is the problem of interference, as the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi frequency band is limited to 11 channels for data transfer. On the other hand, the 5 GHz block for Wi-Fi use has not been a victim of over-population as of yet and also support 23 non-overlapping channels with 20 MHz frequency – this would reduce chances of potential interference. The only trade-in is the range of signal availability. The 2.4 GHz band has a larger range than the 5 GHz band. Most of the current Wi-Fi routers in the market support dual band.

HTC M8 WIfi Certification

Previous rumors had stated that the HTC One 2 would bring a 5 inch Full HD 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26 GHz, a Qualcomm Adreno 330 GPU and an ample 2GB of RAM. The phone is also rumored to pack a 10 Ultra pixels camera – an upgrade from the HTC One’s 4 ultra pixels camera. The rumor mill is buzzing pretty fast for the HTC One 2, is the device slated for a February release?

What about your phone – does it have dual Wi-Fi support, and have you used both the Wi-Fi bands? Do let us know in the comments below.