LG V20 is the first phone to support the expanded AWS-3 LTE

The LG V20 is the first phone to launch with Android 7.0 Nougat, but it marks another important first – it’s the first to support AWS-3 LTE.

If you haven’t heard, AT&T, Verizon and Dish recently spent tens of billions buying up AWS-3 spectrum in large metropolitan areas in the US while in Canada, the Wind network is planning to roll out AWS-3.

With the extra spectrum, these carriers will be able to offer fast, reliable LTE connection. AT&T claims it will cover 96% of US population, but the rollout is slow – serious coverage is expected no sooner than 2018. Verizon should add AWS-3 in 2017, same for Canada’s Wind.

Some new phones – like the new iPhone 7 – are not compatible with AWS-3. They will instead rely on the old AWS-1, while the LG V20 can use a combination of both for improved speed and coverage – solid job of future-proofing by LG.