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2017 ThinkPads: LTE-A for Awesome

In 2015 I fired up LTE on my X1 Carbon 3rd Gen figuring I'd try it then go back to WiFi-only. Well two years later it's still enabled and it's no longer an experiment. I rely on it. Now the 2017 ThinkPads have been released at CES, many with an LTE-A (Advanced) option. Up to 50% faster than LTE. Yum! I'm posting this from a 2017 ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2nd Gen on LTE-A. There's not much to say about it really. It's just a mobile broadband data connection, but it's way more available than WiFi. Every mobile laptop user should have a built-in LTE-A connection!

 

While it IS possible to live hopping from WiFi network to WiFi network, and using a smartphone hotspot here and there, it's just more convenient having the LTE-A built IN.

 

Here's a picture of the Sierra Wireless EM7455 Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 LTE-A in the X1 Yoga 2nd Gen (it's the card with the big white label, bottom right):

 

2017ThinkPadX1YogaWWAN.jpg

 

And what you see in Device Manager:

 

2017ThinkPadX1YogaLTE-ACard.JPG

 

This post made via LTE-A Smiley Happy.

 

It's crazy to think that there are some manufacturers who don't have mobile broadband WWAN in ANY of their laptops Smiley Tongue!

I don't work for Lenovo. I'm a crazy volunteer!
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Re: 2017 ThinkPads: LTE-A for Awesome

Does the WWAN module firmware work ? Try several sleep/wake up cycles and lost signal in a train.

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Re: 2017 ThinkPads: LTE-A for Awesome

Hi Puppy,

 

I just tried half a dozen sleep/wake cycles and the LTE-A reconnected each time within 10 seconds. I have not seen such a problem using the LTE card in my X1 Carbon 3rd Gen for two years.

 

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