If you own either the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the HTC U11 and you bought the phone from Sprint, you might be interested to learn that the latest firmware update issued by the carrier is something you’ll want to check out. This is because according to PCMag and Sprint, the firmware update appears to boost the download speeds of either handset.


In the case of the Galaxy S8, there was a bug with the Snapdragon 835’s radio code that caused the phone to drop off from Sprint’s Band 41 LTE sooner than they would have to, and falling back to slower bands. The firmware update appears to have fixed that which means that users should be experiencing faster and more consistent speeds than before.

According to Ryan Sullivan, VP of product engineering and development at Sprint, “There was a miscalculation in the software that was reading the device, so it tuned away from Band 41 before it should. Working back with Qualcomm and Samsung, we quickly found it, diagnosed it, and launched the update on June 5.”

Note that these changes also affect the HTC U11 where based on the data, users are now experiencing an average of 27.9Mbps in download speeds, up from 19.2Mbps from before, so if you haven’t updated your phone yet, you probably should.

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Product NameGalaxy S8U11
Diagonal (inches)5.8"5.5"
Battery Capacity (mAh)3000 mAh3000 mAh
Processor NameSnapdragon 835Snapdragon 835
RAM Options4GB4GB
Street Price$499 Galaxy S8 on Amazon$995 HTC U11 on Amazon
Link to full specsGalaxy S8 Full specs and detailsHTC U11 Full specs and details
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