4G LTE devices are usually a bunch of fatties because the size of 4G LTE modules is ginormous (relatively, at least). Sometimes that tradeoff is too much! But it looks like things are a-changin’, because Sierra Wireless just introduced the world’s thinnest 4G LTE module at 2.5mm skinny.
The anorexic AirPrime EM7700 will only work with AT&T’s 4G LTE network in the US and is 2mm thinner than the previous generation. That’s 44 per cent fat loss right there! But cutting size didn’t come without compromise, the new 4G LTE chip is tossing away its support for EDGE speeds and will only support LTE and HSPA+. It’s time to kill the slow, I guess. The new 4G LTE chip is targeting ultrabooks and tablets, and hopefully will trickle other 4G networks around the world. If you see 4G devices getting smaller, now you’ll know why. [Sierra Wireless via Engadget]