The Fossil Sport arrives with GPS, HR, and Qualcomm’s new smartwatch chip for $255

  • Fossil’s new Sport smartwatch is its first device powered by the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset.
  • It also comes with all the essentials for a fitness watch: built-in GPS, a heart rate sensor, and NFC for good measure.
  • It’s on sale now for $255.

While there’s still a noticeable lack of smartphone manufacturers working with Wear OS, Fossil is still churning out Wear OS watches left and right. The company’s latest smartwatch, the Fossil Sport, is perhaps its most exciting launch in some time — that’s because it’s powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset.

We’ve seen too many smartwatches come to market recently with Qualcomm’s two-year-old Snapdragon Wear 2100. Fossil’s own sub-brands are even guilty of this. But the Sport runs on the new 3100 SoC, which should provide noticeable improvements in battery life and performance.

Fossil says the watch’s 350mAh battery will last upwards of 24 hours on a single charge, and there’s even a new battery saver mode that will supposedly eke out two extra days of battery life.

Under the hood, the Fossil Sport comes with a built-in heart rate sensor, GPS, and NFC for payments with Google Pay. It’s also running the revamped Wear OS that just started rolling out in September.

Finally, you’ll be looking at a 1.2-inch AMOLED display with a 390 x 390 resolution. This is pretty standard for Fossil smartwatches.

Interested? You can buy the Fossil Sport right now from for $255, or from Fossil retail stores beginning Monday, November 12. The watch comes in two sizes — 41 and 43mm — and six different color options.

I think Fossil is offering a pretty compelling package at this price point, especially considering the hardware and newer chipset. We’ll have a review unit inbound sometime soon, but for now, what do you think? 

Rome: Total War will charge its way to Android this winter

  • Feral Interactive will release the Android version of Rome: Total War sometime this winter.
  • The original game was first developed by The Creative Assembly for the PC in 2004.
  • Feral ported and released the game for the iPhone and iPad back in 2016.

One of the best historical real-time strategy games of all time is finally making its way to Android devices. Rome: Total War, which was first released by its original developer The Creative Assembly for the PC in 2004, will make its Android debut sometime this winter.

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Feral Interactive, which released the Mac version in 2010 and launched the iOS version of the same game in 2016, will also handle the duties for the Android port as well. Feral has already issued a warning in its press release (via Droid Gamers) that the Android version of Rome: Total War will only be supported on a limited number of devices, but it did not offer specifics. It also did not announce a price for the game, although the iOS version costs $9.99.

Rome: Total War was the third game in the Total War series of historical RTS titles from The Creative Assembly. It has since become one of the most critically acclaimed games in the RTS genre, thanks in part to its huge real-time battles that featured hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of units on screen at once. It combines these RTS conflicts with a turn-based campaign map as you try to take over the ancient Roman Empire.

Feral says the Android version will feature intuitive controls made for touch screens, along with a UI that will allow players to successfully wage their campaigns in ancient Rome.

Xiaomi said to be rolling out MIUI 10 to another 20 models from today

MIUI 10.

  • Xiaomi is reportedly rolling out MIUI 10 to another 20 smartphones from today.
  • The update list includes many older devices, including the Xiaomi Mi 4 from 2014.
  • It looks like the update may only be available in China for the time being, however.

Xiaomi is reportedly rolling out MIUI 10 to more than 20 additional smartphones from today, bringing its total up to 39. The update had been deployed to the Chinese brand’s most recent handsets on September 10, but Mydrivers and GizMochina report older models are now receiving the update too.

The new software is apparently rolling out over-the-air, but the updates are also available for install via the dedicated download section (you’ll need to be comfortable flashing ROMs if you want to do it manually, though). Note that the global (English language) download portal appears to be behind — many of the devices are still on MIUI 9.0 there — so you might have to wait a bit longer to see the update outside of China.

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The list includes many 2016 handsets as well as the Xiaomi Mi 4 from August 2014; it’s great to see Xiaomi still supporting this with updates more than four years later (even if MIUI 10 isn’t itself based on the latest version of Android, Android 9.0 Pie).

Here’s the full list of the second batch of MIUI 10 devices via the MIUI 10 stable forum page.

Xiaomi Mi Series

  • Mi 4
  • Mi 4C
  • Mi 4S
  • Mi 5s
  • Mi 5s Plus
  • Mi Max
  • Mi Max Prime
  • Mi Max 2

Xiaomi Redmi series

  • Redmi 4
  • Redmi 4 Prime
  • Redmi 4A
  • Redmi 4X
  • Redmi 5A
  • Redmi 5 Plus
  • Redmi Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note series

  • Redmi Note 3
  • Redmi Note 4
  • Redmi Note 4X
  • Redmi Note 4X MediaTek variant
  • Redmi Note 4X Qualcomm variant
  • Redmi Note 5A
  • Redmi Note 5A Prime

Xiaomi’s MIUI 10 skin introduces improvements like portrait mode (for single camera devices), a revamped recents menu, nature-inspired notifications, and more. Look out for it hitting your Xiaomi smartphone soon.

Best of Android: Reader’s Choice voting begins

Editor’s note: skip down the page if you’re looking for the next matchup, and to enter the giveaway!

Hello Android Authority readers!

It’s my pleasure to announce that while we’re finishing up testing for our annual Best of Android series, we’re going to be launching a Reader’s Choice award. We need YOU to decide which 2018 phones are the best, crowning one handset to reign supreme. An internal poll decided the seeding order, and all matchups were determined using a 24-unit bracket. This means that the most popular phones here got a first-round bye, but any phone has a chance to unseat these mobile devices head-to-head. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to cast your votes, and to enter our giveaway — the more you vote on our matchups, the more chances you get to win one of three winning phones!

A graphic showing the bracket competition for Android Authority's Reader's Choice award.

24 phones enter, one remains after a month of head-to-head competition.

Every day, we’re going to be updating our Best of Android scoreboard with the winners from the previous day’s polling. Check back here every day for a new head-to-head matchup, and to see how badly your phone beat the competition!

Once a final winner is determined, it’ll earn the coveted Android Authority Reader’s Choice Award. While we can’t guarantee that this is going to be the best smartphone of all time, the bracket competition is a fun way to blow off some steam and do what we came to Android Authority to do in the first place: argue about phones.

Vote on our social channels, too!

Matchup #1 results: OnePlus 6T defeats RED Hydrogen One

The readers spoke loud and clear: the RED Hydrogen One crosses the rainbow bridge, and the OnePlus 6T continues on. We’re still collating the poll results for a final tally, but it wasn’t close. The moonshot Hydrogen One never really made it off the ground, as it got drubbed by the OnePlus 6T by a ratio of nine to one.

As a side note, I’ve been pleased with how civil the comments have been, so keep it up! This is a lot of fun, and I’m proud of our readers.

Matchup #2: Nokia 8 Sirocco vs. Vivo Nex

Next up is a more interesting battle between the Nokia 8 Sirocco and Vivo Nex. While not everyone has each of these phones available to them, each has their own curiosities to offer. The Vivo Nex has a mesmerizing mechanically-hidden front camera and an ample specsheet, while the Nokia 8 Sirocco offers the Android One experience in a more premium phone — though its last-gen hardware might not excite you.

Why you should vote for the Nokia 8 Sirocco:

Nokia 8 Sirocco review

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is a reliably solid performer with excellent battery life… HMD Global placed confident bets on solid hardware choices that work well but that maybe won’t attract those who pick up smartphones purely based on specs sheet.

—Abishek Baxi

Why you should vote for the Vivo Nex:

Rather than post a quote from my colleagues, I think I’ll let this video speak for itself:

Which phone wins?

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.

Reader’s Choice International Giveaway

Samsung talking Android Pie beta this week, may launch same day

Samsung Galaxy S9 Sunrise Gold (3 of 9)

  • Samsung has confirmed it will reveal its Android Pie beta software at its developer conference this week.
  • The company is likely to launch the beta program for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus users shortly after.

Samsung has added the Android Pie beta program to its list of talking points at this week’s Samsung Developer Conference 2018 event. The new event on the calendar, spotted by SamMobile in the conference app, suggests the company may also launch the beta in the coming days.

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Samsung said those attending the event would be able to “explore the new Galaxy UX” through the beta, but little else was mentioned about it. If the software is usable or presentable at the show, presumably it’s in a decent shape. We had expected Samsung to launch the beta sometime soon, so it seems likely it will use the event as a platform to do so.

The beta will likely be available for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, giving select users a chance to test the new software before its official rollout (probably sometime in the new year). In the U.S., this may only apply to Snapdragon models with specific carriers.

Samsung Developers conference app screenshot. Sam Mobile

We don’t know exactly what the new software (Samsung Experience 10) will deliver in terms of features, but we have encountered some leaked screenshots which have offered some clues as to the design changes (like an abundance of headers and bubbles).

Meanwhile, Samsung has also said it will show off how its upcoming folding phone works at the conference.

The Samsung Developer Conference 2018 begins tomorrow and runs until this Thursday. We’ll be bringing you all the announcements as they happen.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro teardown: great phone, poor repairability

A disassembled Huawei Mate 20 Pro . iFixit

  • Gadget repair website iFixit has given the Huawei Mate 20 Pro a repairability score of four out of 10.
  • The website criticized the use of glue for the front and back glass panels.
  • It also criticized the presence of more flex connectors than average, increasing the repair time.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is certainly in the running for 2018’s best smartphone, packing loads of features into its frame. But those hoping to do some DIY repairs might be disappointed by the device.

Prominent repair website iFixit has disassembled the new flagship, giving it a four out of 10 score for ease of repairing. This is the same disappointing score as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and the LG G7. Then again, at least it’s not as bad as the Essential Phone‘s abysmal one out of 10 score.

The website’s criticism focused almost entirely on the phone’s glass design. It called out Huawei for its use of glue on the front and back glass panels, saying this increased the chances of glass breaking when opening up the device. Speaking of glass breaking, a screen repair will mean “a lot of disassembly while battling tough adhesive.”The Huawei Mate 20 Pro with its display detached from the body. iFixit

The screen-related complications don’t stop there, as it’s suggested that a broken screen will necessitate replacing the in-display fingerprint sensor too (and vice-versa). In other words, you’d better buy a great case or make sure the device is insured against accidental damage. The motherboard also uses more flex connectors than your average phone, the outlet noted, which means you’ll be spending more time repairing the device.

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It’s not all bad, however, as iFixit praised the use of modular components that can be replaced independently. Battery replacements aren’t needlessly complicated either, as you only need to remove the back panel and frame. Finally, the website welcomed the use of standard Phillips screws, as opposed to proprietary screws that require more specialized tools.

Do you take ease of repair into account when buying a smartphone? Let us know in the comments.

NEXT: New Nokia 9 leak gives us our best look yet at penta-camera beast

Who says Android tablets are dead? $130 Nook 10.1 delivers the goods

Barnes & Noble Nook 10.1 Tablet Barnes & Noble

  • Barnes & Noble has unveiled its latest Nook tablet.
  • It has a 10.1-inch display, 32GB storage, and only costs $129.99.
  • The tablet is available to pre-order now and will be released on November 14.

Barnes & Noble has just unveiled the Nook 10.1 tablet (via The Verge). And for $129.99, it fits nicely into the budget end of the tablet spectrum. 

The tablet has 32GB storage which can be extended by up to 256GB with a microSD card, along with a 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,200 display.  It runs Android and — unlike the Amazon Kindle Fire lineup — it can access the Play Store. According to Barnes & Noble, the tablet’s battery should also be good for up to 8.5 hours per charge. 

The tablet comes with front and rear 2MP cameras. While the low megapixel count means the photos won’t be of a particularly high quality, they should be fine for making video calls. It also has a headphone jack and a Micro-USB 2.0 port. We don’t know have any chipset or RAM details unfortunately, so hopefully the company isn’t cutting major corners in this department.

The tablet is also compatible with a portable keyboard cover. This could be useful if you think you’ll need to use the tablet to send emails or edit documents. You will have to purchase the keyboard separately, although, it’s not currently listed on the Barnes & Noble website.

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With its low price and large screen, the Barnes & Noble Nook 10.1 seems like it could be a decent budget tablet for reading books, watching videos, and browsing the web. In comparison, it is $20 cheaper than the 10-inch, 32GB version of the Kindle Fire and $40 cheaper than the Lenovo Tab 4 10 despite having a higher-resolution screen and more storage.

If you want to check it out for yourself, you can do so on the Barnes & Noble website by clicking the button below. The tablet is available to pre-order now and will be released on November 14.

Next up: Best cheap Android tablets

Snapdragon 7150, 6150 leak: Are we looking at next-gen mid-range chips?

  • Qualcomm is said to be working on Snapdragon 7150 and 6150 chipsets.
  • The new chips are reportedly octa-core designs, with at least one built on an 11nm process.
  • A LinkedIn account has also referenced an SM7250/Snapdragon 7250 chipset.

We’ve heard for quite some time now that the upcoming Snapdragon 855 flagship chip will be called the Snapdragon 8150. The move is ostensibly meant to better distinguish Qualcomm‘s mobile chips from its laptop processors.

Now, WinFuture has uncovered evidence on GitHub repositories for Snapdragon 7150 and Snapdragon 6150 chipsets, also known as the SM7150 and SM6150 respectively. This name change could mean Qualcomm is rebranding its Snapdragon 600 and 700 series.

Read: Smartphone quiz — Do you remember these gimmicky features?

These new chips are said to be octa-core designs, although details such as CPU layout and clock speeds weren’t forthcoming. If they’re anything like the newly announced Snapdragon 675, however, then we can expect these chips to make use of Arm’s latest CPU cores (Cortex-A76 and Cortex-A55). The outlet also pointed to a LinkedIn profile to suggest that the Snapdragon 6150 could be built on an 11nm manufacturing process (much like the Snapdragon 675 once again).

Qualcomm’s last few chips (Snapdragon 670, 675, 710) have also adopted two heavyweight cores and six lightweight cores, so don’t be surprised if this is the layout for the new chipsets. Then again, there’s every chance that the Snapdragon 6150 is a lower tier chipset with weaker hardware, as the Snapdragon 600 series varies wildly in capabilities.

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The U.S. chipmaker is using two separate test platforms for the new chips, according to WinFuture. The Snapdragon 7150’s test device purportedly features an 18:9 QHD+ screen (at least 2,880 x 1,440), which could mean it’s just a rung below Qualcomm’s top-end chipset. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 6150’s test phone apparently packs a more modest full HD+ display (18:9), suggesting this is a budget-focused processor.

These might not be the only high-profile chips we see from Qualcomm in the coming months. An Oppo employee’s LinkedIn profile has revealed the existence of an SM7250 (Snapdragon 7250) chipset. We don’t know anything about this processor beyond the name, but this will likely be another entry in the Snapdragon 700 series.

Qualcomm is expected to reveal its Snapdragon 855/Snapdragon 8150 next month, so hopefully we get official information on these new chips then.

NEXT: 10 best travel apps for Android

Samsung’s new Facebook picture is its biggest foldable phone tease yet

Samsung Mobile folding phone logo Samsung Mobile

  • Samsung has teased its foldable phone on the Samsung Mobile Facebook page.
  • The image shows the Samsung logo folded in half.
  • Samsung is widely expected to unveil the first details about its foldable phone at the end of this week.

Samsung has once again teased its foldable smartphone, this time via the profile picture of the Samsung Mobile Facebook page. The image is of a folded Samsung logo, and judging by the number of likes and comments attached to the post, it has got people pretty excited.

The latest teaser comes just weeks after a Samsung video on Twitter hinted at the device via an animated icon that moved in a similar way to how we expect the phone to fold.

The company is widely expected to reveal details about its foldable phone at the Samsung Developer Conference at the end of the week. However, we don’t what exactly the company is planning to unveil.

In a conference call with Korean media outlets, Samsung reportedly said it intends to unveil the phone’s user interface at the event. Samsung has previously said it wants the foldable phone to offer a unique user experience and the new UI will likely be a crucial part of this.

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However, we still don’t know if the phone itself will make an appearance or, if it does, whether the device will be anywhere near a final product.

The most recent rumors suggested the phone will be usable as both a phone and a tablet and that it will have a 7.3-inch display on the inside and a four-inch display on the outside. Samsung has yet to confirm any of this.

One thing that is certain, however, is that Samsung’s effort won’t be the first foldable device. That honor goes to this device from Rouyu Technology. Hopefully, Samsung’s version will be a bit more refined, however.

Next up: Samsung foldable phone: All the rumors in one place

5G has arrived – here’s what you can expect from AT&T


AT&T’s plans for 5G are somewhat confusing at first glance, as the company talks about at least four current and upcoming 5G-related services. At the forefront are 5G Evolution and Mobile 5G, mobile services offering different connection speeds. AT&T also promotes LTE-LAA connectivity for 1Gbps downloads along with an upcoming in-home fixed wireless service.

Of the big three, AT&T’s puzzle pieces were harder to put together. In comparison, T-Mobile is more black-and-white, taking a simpler approach to its public 5G rollout plans. Simply put, T-Mobile is focusing on a long-range nationwide 5G service first followed by an in-home fixed wireless service at a later date. Its short-range service using millimeter waves will open shop in specific markets at the end of 2018 and into 2019 as devices hit the market. Full nationwide coverage isn’t expected to become available until 2020.

Meanwhile, Verizon is rolling out a 5G-based fixed in-home service first based on a proprietary 5G TF network standard. Customers now signing on are coined as “First on 5G” members and will see free equipment upgrades when models based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) 5G NR standard arrive. Verizon also plans to launch a mobile 5G service six months after the full launch of its fixed in-home solution.


For AT&T, we broke down the AT&T 5G rollout into four confusion-free sections. Take a look:

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AT&T 5G Evolution

This isn’t AT&T’s real 5G network, instead serving as the foundation for the true AT&T 5G service that will arrive later. This platform only provides theoretical peak wireless speeds of up to 400Mbps for compatible devices. Think of it as an “evolving” 4.5G platform (or ramp) that will eventually give way to a full-blow AT&T 5G service.

According to AT&T, this 5G Evolution platform consists of upgraded cell towers and new small cell networks powered by LTE Advanced technology, such as three-way carrier aggregation, 4 x 4 MIMO antenna setups and 256-QAM modulation. The company is also using software-defined networking, artificial intelligence and more to increase data transmissions over the current 4G LTE speeds.

Rollout schedule

5G Evolution launched on April 25, 2017 in select areas of Austin, Texas. AT&T expanded this platform to more than 400 markets in 2018 and expects to provide nationwide coverage for more than 200 million customers in the first half of 2019.

Here’s a map of the 2018-2019 planned coverage.

Plans and prices

Because 5G Evolution is a back-end upgrade to AT&T’s 4G LTE service supported by newer phones, AT&T doesn’t provide new plans or pricing.

Mobile 5G

This is the true AT&T 5G service for mobile devices, based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) 5G New Radio standard.

AT&T says it’s currently establishing small cell networks in mid-size and big cities to transmit AT&T 5G coverage “in pockets of dense areas.” Because millimeter waves can’t easily penetrate buildings and other obstacles, and are absorbed by plants and rain, AT&T is strategically placing these small cells throughout the cities to provide the best reception. These small cells can mount on streetlights, utility poles, and more.

Connecting the company’s wireless towers and small cells are “millions of miles” of fiber optic cables already feeding gigabit internet to more than nine million locations. AT&T is still expanding this wired network, shooting to reach 14 million locations by the middle of 2019.

For urban, suburban, and rural areas, AT&T says it will rely on its claimed mid- and low-band spectrum although the company doesn’t provide any specifics.


For now, the mobile AT&T 5G network primarily uses millimeter waves on the 39GHz band, but it will also shift small portions of its low-band spectrum to support its true 5G service. AT&T says more spectrum will be allocated from its 4G service to 5G as devices emerge and customer demand for 5G connectivity increases.

AT&T controls a combined 145 MHz of the sub-3GHz spectrum in North America. It also has access to a nationwide 20MHz block of the 700MHz spectrum held by FirstNet. Whatever is not currently in use by the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network can be utilized by AT&T when needed. Here are the claimed spectrums:


  • 700MHz (BC and DE)
  • 850MHz (Cellular)


  • Personal Communications Service (PCS) in the 1,900 MHz range.
  • Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) in the 1,700 MHz (uplink) and 2,100 MHz (downlink) ranges.


  • Wireless Communication Services (WCS) in the 2,300 MHz range.

Rollout plans

AT&T’s Mobile 5G service is currently available in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, San Antonio, and Waco.

By early 2019, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose will support AT&T’s true 5G connectivity as well.

Plans and prices

For now, AT&T is not providing this information.

Other things we know

AT&T said in April its test in Waco, Texas provided a transmission speed of 1.2Gbps when standing more than 492 feet away from the source cell site using millimeter waves and the 400MHz channel. Latency rates were between nine and 12 milliseconds. The test, conducted at a retail location, supported “hundreds of simultaneous connected users.” Another test in Michigan saw speeds of more than 1Gbps across 900 feet.

AT&T CEO Andre Fuetch said in a recent conference call that every radio in the sub-6GHz range deployed since early 2018 will support 5G connectivity through a firmware upgrade.

Here is AT&T’s current list of compatible phones for both 5G Evolution and Mobile 5G:


  • LG V35 ThinQ
  • LG V40 ThinQ
  • Motorola Z2 Force Edition
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Series
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 Series
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9


  • iPhone 8 Series
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR


Part of AT&T’s Mobile 5G plans include LTE Licensed Assisted Access. According to Qualcomm, this technology is part of LTE Advanced Pro, which enables Gigabit LTE, voice services, private networking, and more. LTE-LAA combines a licensed LTE band with the unlicensed 5GHz spectrum used by networking routers. Combined, download peak theoretical wireless speeds reach up to 1Gbps, but AT&T’s use of the unlicensed spectrum shouldn’t interrupt or degrade in-home wireless networking.

“Fair Wi-Fi coexistence is a key principle in LAA,” Says Qualcomm’s website.

“This is accomplished by dynamically selecting clear channels in 5 GHz to avoid Wi-Fi users. If there is no clear channel available, LAA will share a channel fairly with others. This is accomplished by a feature called Listen Before Talk (LBT). LBT will be used by all technologies in unlicensed spectrum to ensure fair coexistence globally.”

Rollout plans

As of October, LTE-LAA is in use in parts of 20 cities. At least 24 cities will provide this connectivity by the end of 2018. Cities currently on the list include Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Little Rock, Los Angeles, McAllen, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Jose, Tampa Tuscaloosa, and several others.

Other things we know

The first commercial LTE-LAA service made its debut in select downtown areas of Indianapolis in November 2017.

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Fixed Wireless

AT&T plans to launch a fixed 5G wireless broadband service for home use and the enterprise in U.S. cities in late 2019. It will be based on Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) networking technology accessing 150MHz of the 3.5GHz band. Samsung will provide the CBRS-based radios and base station equipment while. CommScope will supply the Spectrum Access System. Testing won’t begin until early 2019.

“CBRS is an innovative spectrum band which allows both licensed and shared access that helps enable efficient use of finite spectrum resources,” AT&T said in a press release. “As part of the rollout, we will start by using LTE in CBRS Spectrum and then migrate to 5G.”

In contrast, Verizon’s 5G plans are the exact opposite, as it’s now rolling out a fixed 5G wireless service first followed by mobile 5G connectivity in 2019.