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Qualcomm Introduces 2nd-Generation 5G Modem Snapdragon X55

Written by William

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 chipmaker 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.

When 5g Mobile will launch?

The 5G Oppo Reno is set to cost €899 (roughly £790) at launch and is set for release on June 2020.

Will 5g require new phones?

The new 5G networks rolling out in 2020 will offer faster speeds and better connectivity, but most people won’t be able to access them since they’ll only be available in a small number of markets next year. Plus, the way we use phones today won’t really require the faster data speeds 5G will offer

Are 5g phones available?

5G smartphone is only usable at its fullest potential when connected to a 5Gnetwork. So, as this newest mobile network slowly rolls out around the world, 5G phones will begin to become available for carriers like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.

List of All 5G Network Supported Mobile Phones So Far

  • Huawei Mate X
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.
  • LG V50 THINQ.
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3.
  • OnePlus7 Or OnePlus 7T.
  • ZTE Axon 10 Pro.
  • Sony 5G Prototype.
  • Motorola Z3.
  • NOKIA 10
  • OPPO R15
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold
  • Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
  • OPPO Reno 5G
  • Energizer Power Max P8100S
  • Alcatel 7 5G

How fast is 5g LTE?

5G will substantially improve the mobile internet. LTE is currently the fastest mobile technology available, supporting peak data rates of up to 300 megabits per second (Mbit/s). Even after the introduction of 5G LTE will still be available for consumers. Speed is the benchmark for wireless network performance.

Does Apple have a 5g phone?

Apple’s Chip Partner – Qualcomm

Apple was originally planning to use Intel chips in its 2020 5G iPhones, but Intel is out of the smartphone chip business and Apple has no choice but to use Qualcomm’s modem chips. Qualcomm has already released one 5G chip, the X50, and is working on a second, the X55

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