Snapdragon X55 Is Qualcomm’s Second Generation 5G Modem For Smartphones
Even before smartphone manufacturers could launch their 5G devices, Qualcomm, the chipmaker is already working on its second generation chipset. The Company has announced the Snapdragon X55, Qualcomm 5G modem. The new chipset is the follow-up to its first 5G modem, the X50. The Chip-maker will supply the new modem to the partners. So, We can expect devices, equipped with it, to come out before 2019 ends.
What’s Inside The Snapdragon X55?
There’s a lot to Qualcomm 5G modem. The new Snapdragon X55 is the World’s First 7 gigabits per second (Gbps) 5G modem. Moreover, It is so fast that it supports 3Gbps uploads in ideal conditions. More importantly, it also supports 4G LTE as well as “legacy” technologies like 3G and 2G.
Smaller modem means slimmer designs which further leaves room for other components like a larger battery. Qualcomm 5G modem (second gen) will fit in phones that are less than 8mm thick, this is what Company says. However, phones with Snapdragon X50 are expected to be thicker than existing devices.
The X55 supports both flavors of 5G, mmWave (high-bandwidth) and sub-6GHz (better coverage) and it works on both TDD and FDD networks. With this, It can be used in devices for the West and for China as well.
5G seems like a marathon, most of the manufacturers are struggling with their modems and smartphones. Huawei and ZTE have been aggressively pushing out their own 5G technologies. How can we forget Intel, Qualcomm’s top-most rival? Intel is also racing in order to build one like Qualcomm 5G modem.
Intel’s modem could potentially be used in iPhones but the tests have shown they are slower than Qualcomm’s. Will Apple continue to use Intel’s 5G modem in its upcoming device? Or Will it use its own, as informed in various reports? Anyways, In this neck-to-neck competition, there’s unlikely to be anyone winner who takes it all. For now, Qualcomm 5G modem (Snapdragon X55) is another step towards making 5G real. Hope to see the first 5G smartphone soon!