The new Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family will be part of future smartphones and 5G networks that will be ready through the first half of 2019. The chip maker already tests its performance and connectivity.
Qualcomm has just announced the manufacture of its first 5G chipset modem for mobile deviceswith which it is conducting a series of tests of connections and performance in this environment. This is the Snapdragon X50 5G and will become part of the new generation of cellular connectivity devices offering data connections on the spectrum of 28GHz mmWave. It is a new technology of mobile radio connectivity that allows its deployment in millimeter wave frequencies (mm-wave), which is a data delivery of the most efficient and high capacity.
The key message from the manufacturer is that it already has the first reference design that will be used in smarpthone with 5G support, which will be used to test the 5G modems, radios, as well as networks along with the other partners and technological partners throughout the next year to prepare the deployment and arrival of the first smartphones compatible with 5G connectivity in early 2019 . The reference mobile design used by Qualcomm has a thickness of 9 millimeters and edge-to-edge display, as the current terminals being presented.
To achieve the new X50 modem connection speeds , Qualcomm has developed a new millimeter antenna with plans to reduce it by 50% over the next few months. In addition to this, Qualcomm also announces through its blog a series of components that will make it easier for manufacturers to use the frequency spectrum of the 600 MHz that T-Mobile currently deploys . The only phone that takes advantage of this new spectrum seems to be the V30 from LG, although Qualcommhopes to soon join more.
Finally, Qualcomm announced the new Snapdragon 636 processor for mid-range smartphones. It is the natural successor of the 630, and boasts of being able to provide improvements in the order of 40%. In addition, it is a 14nm chip (compared to the high-end Snapdragon 835 which is 10nm) and supports 600Mbps LTE connections and 24-megapixel cameras, among other novelties. Qualcomm notes that its availability for handset manufacturers is scheduled for November.