The Wi-Fi Alliance is a non-profit organization that sets standards for the Wi-Fi industry and certifies Wi-Fi products for conformity to certain standards. Last year, the organization decided to ditch its traditional naming convention and opted for more user-friendly names for the future generations of Wi-Fi standards.
Hence, the latest standard is called Wi-Fi 6 instead of Wi-Fi 802.11ax. The previous two generations have been changed from Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Wi-Fi 802.11n to Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 4.
On 16th September, Samsung announced that its flagship pair, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are the first smartphones to be Wi-Fi 6 Certified™ by the Wi-Fi Alliance. Other smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 trio and the recent iPhone 11 releases conform to the standards but are not yet certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
The new technology allows greater bandwidth since it works on 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. According to Samsung, the Wi-Fi 6 will allow users to stream high-definition videos, support Wi-Fi enabled devices and at the same time manage all the smart home appliances. Apart from this, users can also expect enhanced health-care monitoring, e-learning, and overall improved connectivity.
As for the other smartphones with Wi-Fi 6 standards, it is just a matter of time before they go through the certification process as well. The list of devices with Wi-Fi 6 standards employed can be viewed on the Wi-Fi alliance’s website.