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Qualcomm launches 2nd-gen 5G modem ahead of the first 5G phones

20 February 2019 2

So, it’s already known that so many manufacturers are aiming to launch their first 5G phones soon. But, are we ready for them? Well, the answer is indeed yes as who doesn't want to have better speeds. While we are waiting to witness the first wave of 5G phones, Qualcomm has already announced the next-gen 5G chip called the Snapdragon X55 modem.

Note that there isn’t any s single phone available with the X50 modem but Qualcomm is committed to its work to launching better modems for the next products. While the X50 modem is built using the 10nm manufacturing process, the latest X55 modem is built using the 7nm process. So, it’s fair to assume that small transistors would lead to less heat and the overall consumption.

The Snapdragon X55 5G modem comes as a second-gen 5G solution that brings up the new 5G mmWave RF antenna called the QTM525. The new QTM525 antenna is smaller than this year’s QTM052. Qualcomm hasn’t specifically detailed the size of the new modem but said it has done efforts towards reducing the height of the module to support 5G phone designs and to make them sleeker than before.


Being the next-gen and having the advancement in configuration, the solution is faster, smaller, and more-compatible chip solution. The new chip won’t be available until late 2019 but Qualcomm wants to talk about a year in advance for sure.

The Snapdragon X55 is rated to deliver up to 7Gbps download speeds and 3Gbps upload speeds over 5G and Category 22 LTE with up to 2.5 Gbps LTE download speeds.

The setup for attaining the 5G is different from that of the 4G LTE and the former requires many other things for it to work. So, this could, of course, increase the price of the phones coming even with the X50 modem.

The smaller size of the new modem simply suggests sleeker phones will come. The new modem comes with more global 5G compatibility and now covers the 26GHz, 28GHz, and 39GHz mmWave spectrum.

Snapdragon X55 is designed to bring 5G to a broad range of devices including premium smartphones, mobile hotspots, Always Connected PCs, laptops, tablets, fixed wireless access points, extended reality devices, and automotive applications.


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