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The first 5G smartphones are about to become a reality – at least a few devices will be presented at the upcoming Mobile World Congress. Qualcomm, for its part, does not sit with folded arms and further develops 5G technology.
Today, the chip maker announced the second generation of its 5G modem – Snapdragon X55. Thus, even before smartphones with the first generation of modem went on sale, the company had already introduced the second generation. However, the production of smartphones with Snapdragon X55 will take at least a few more months. But now let’s see what improvements the Snapdragon X55 brings.
First, download speed. With the Snapdragon X50 (previous model), Qualcomm was able to achieve peak download speeds of around 4.5 Gbps. With the X55, the company increased this figure to 7 Gbps. Of course, these speeds will be far from what the 5G networks initially offer, but this shows that the potential of 5G is constantly growing.
Now, if you don’t care about 5G, you’ll be happy to hear that the new chip, like its predecessor, combines 4G and even a 3G connection, and brings improvements for them. In particular, with regard to 4G LTE, Snapdragon X55 will support LTE Cat.22, which offers download speeds up to 2.5 Gbps.
The speed of 7 Gb / s is much more than the average mobile user needs, but the X55 is not just for smartphones. The modem will deliver 5G to all kinds of devices, from wireless routers to laptops, tablets and even “augmented reality devices”, as Qualcomm calls them (mostly VR headsets), which are known to require very high bandwidth.
Qualcomm, along with Snapdragon X55, is launching a new 5W mmWave antenna module and more advanced antenna modem solutions. They are designed not only to complement the capabilities of the new modem, but also to increase energy efficiency, promising improved battery life. It is expected that the first 5G Qualcomm modem will be quite energy-intensive and deliberately difficult to cool, so the new advances in this area are certainly good news.