Sprint to launch four smartphones with tri-band Spark technology

Speeds with Spark technology expected to reach 60 mbps

From big to little Samsung smartphones, Sprint announced Wednesday it will sell the Galaxy Mega for $199.99 and the Galaxy S 4 mini for $99.99, both with two-year service plans, starting Nov. 8.

Galaxy Mega smartphone
The Galaxy Mega smartphone will be sold by Sprint for $199.99, plus a two-year contract.

Sprint also said it will sell the LG G2 smartphone on Nov. 8 for $199.99 with a two-year deal. All three will work over three bands of 4G LTE spectrum that Sprint offers, a technology called Sprint Spark, which is designed to achieve unprecedented speeds.

The HTC One max will also be available soon on Sprint Spark, the carrier said, for $249.99 and a two-year agreement.

The new phones will benefit from working with hand-off mode between 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz frequencies, Sprint said in a blog, noting that the capability will be added to the phones with software updates after launch.

Speeds with Spark could reach 50 Mbps to 60 Mbps, giving improved performance for video and other bandwidth-intensive apps.

Sprint noted that the Spark rollout to 100 cities will take up to three years, but said five markets already have the capability: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa and Miami. Typical LTE download speeds average less than 12 mbps.

The Galaxy Mega has a 6.3-in. HD touchscreen, while the Galaxy S 4 mini has a 4.3-in. Super AMOLED HD display. Samsung has said other U.S. carriers will also offer the mini device.

The LG G2 has a 5.2-in. display while the HTC One has a 5.9-in. display. Sprint listed other specs on its web site.

Sprint said the Spark technology could eventually lead to 2 Gbps wireless speeds, and has a demonstrated speed of 1 Gbps in a lab.

This article, Sprint to launch four smartphones with tri-band Spark technology, was originally published at Computerworld.com.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His email address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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