15 April 2020
Qualcomm has launched its new Snapdragon X60 5G modem for the smartphones arriving early next year. The phones with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G modem have just started launching and we are learning about the company’s new modem already. The all-new X60 5G modem promises better battery life, speed, and improvements overall performance over its predecessor.
The new X60 5G modem is built on a 5nm process compared to its predecessor X55 that was built on the 7nm process. This smaller footprint would allow the manufacturer to make more room for adding bigger batteries or even additional components.
The X60 5G modem has been designed to combine and leverage existing 5G technologies. It aggregates sub-6GHz and mmWave at the same time for faster and more reliable speeds. The mmWave or the millimeter wave is a set of 5G frequencies that promise ultra-fast speeds but for short distances only. Thus they are best suited for dense urban areas.
On the contrary, the sub-6Ghz 5G is generally slower than mmWave, but its advantage is, it travels further and can cover suburban and rural areas as well. Having an integration of both on a modem would help the devices to cover more areas with stable and better speeds with the low-latency network coverage. This aggregation would help the operators to increase their peak throughput to surpass 5.5Gbps.
Qualcomm touts its 3rd-gen 5G solution has been launched to lift the performance floor for the global 5G networks. It claims the Snapdragon X60 can double the peak throughput compared to the previous generation.
Qualcomm has also announced a new QTM535 mmWave antenna with the new X60 modem, which it says is smaller than the QTM525 antenna. This allows new sleek mmWave smartphone designs, with improved mmWave performance.
Qualcomm believes the 5G adoption and growth will accelerate in 2020 and the launch of Snapdragon X60 fuels this acceleration even further by allowing more and more networks to attain higher 5G speeds.
The 5G smartphones featuring Snapdragon X60 are expected to launch in early 2021.