Qualcomm showcases massive 5G speed using X50 modem

Qualcomm showcases massive 5G speed using X50 modem

It has a X12 LTE modem with maximum downlink and uplink rates of 600 MBps and 256 MBps respectively.

The Snapdragon X50 5G modem was much larger at its inception, as demonstrated by this tweet from Android expert Daniel Bader from February 2017's Mobile World Congress conference.

"Achieving the world's first announced 5G data connection with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset on 28GHz mmWave spectrum is truly a testament to Qualcomm Technologies' leadership in 5G and extensive expertise in mobile connectivity". As the name shows, this is more of an incremental update over the Snapdragon 630, also launched this year.

Qualcomm Technologies also announced new additions to the RF Front-End portfolio that are created to provide comprehensive support for devices operating in the 600 MHz spectrum.

The results of the 28GHz millimetre-wave frequency band were in the Gigabit range but will, the company claims, be capable of 5Gbps when 5G is in common use.

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Qualcomm is taking new leaps towards its goal of achieving 5G as the brand announced that it has successfully tested 5G connection on a mobile device. For now, only LG V30 smartphone will support the new spectrum. This midrange chipset interestingly has support for the ultra-wide FHD+ displays with 18:9 aspect ratio, a trendy feature to have these days, even in midrange smartphones.

The first version of the 5G spec is nearing completion, with the industry intent on meeting its self-imposed December deadline.

The shipment of Snapdragon 636 is expected to be in the next month, following the introduction of the Snapdragon 630 and 660 mobile platforms around May. Qualcomm believes that 5G smartphone production on a massive level can start somewhere in the first half of 2019.

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 636 features the Qualcomm Kryo 260 CPU, which delivers a 40 percent increase in device performance over the Snapdragon 630, and is built using 14nm FinFet process, making it software-compatible with the Snapdragon 660 and 630 mobile platforms. On the modem side, it also supports 3x20MHz carrier aggregation and up to 256-QAM for downlink, and 2x20MHz carrier aggregation up to 64-QAM for uplink.

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