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Samsung Galaxy S4 WiFi Capabilities

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With all of the excitement around 802.11ac that is currently unfolding, I was very interested to hear about the support for 11ac by the recently released  Saumsung Galaxy S4. Having a quick scan of the reviews across the web about the new handset, I was intrigued to see claims that it supports 802.11ac, allowing speeds up to 1.3Gbps! Feeling a little sceptical that it would support anything close to those speeds, I did a bit of digging to see what I could find.

My first port of call was a product tear-down over at TechInsights.com. They revealed that the WiFi chip in the S4 is the Broadcom BCM4335

A quick look around the Broadcom site soon revealed the product page for the BCM4335, with an overview of the chipset specification. In summary, it supports:
Single stream IEEE 802.11ac solution with data rates up to 433.3 MbpsFull IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n legacy compatibility with enhanced performanceSupports 20, 40, and 80 MHz channels with optional SGI (256 QAM modulation)The BCM4335 features adva…