User equipment (UE) employing millimeter-wave (mmWave) radio frequency (RF) signaling uses one or more techniques to detect signaling blockages caused by handgrip, body blockage, or lack of line-of-sight with the wireless base station, identifies one or more antenna modules of an array of antenna modules of the UE affected by the blockage, and temporarily disables the one or more affected antenna modules until the blockage is no longer present. As the UE otherwise would consume considerable power attempting to overcome the blockage at the affected antenna module, either by transmitting at a higher power to overcome the attenuation caused by the blockage or to continue to ineffectively scan via the affected antenna module, this selective antenna module disablement process can reduce power consumption at the UE while facilitating a high-quality user experience.
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Venkata, Madhu; Ray, Siddharth; Nayak, Shivank; Wang, Jibing; and Zhang, Qin, "Selective Disabling of Antenna Modules Affected by Handgrip or Other Blockage", Technical Disclosure Commons, (April 17, 2020)