06 December 2018
Qualcomm has announced its latest Snapdragon 675 SoC at the 4G/5G Summit 2018 in Hong Kong. The company made important announcements about its upcoming 5G technology and revealed that it will be launching Alexa-enabled headset kit, and new Wi-Fi 802.11ay chipsets with the 60GHz band soon.
Earlier this year, Qualcomm has announced QTM9052 with fully-integrated 5G NR millimetre wave (mmWave) modules. However, a number of device makers are struggling to fit the antenna modules in smartphones with edge-to-edge displays and slimmer form factors. Qualcomm has now reworked on the modules and made them 25% smaller in size. The new antenna modules will work with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem and will support the following bands – 26.5-29.5GHz, 27.5-28.35GHz, or 37-40GHz. The company stated that smartphone makers can include up to four modules in their devices to prevent signal loss.
Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon stated that “at least two” major flagship Android smartphones will come with 5G connectivity in 2019. He stated that one way of devices will be unveiled in early 2019, whereas the second wave would come sometime in the second half of 2019.
A total of 19 OEMs including market leaders Motorola, HTC, LG, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Nokia among others will be launching 5G-enabled smartphones. Smartphone maker OnePlus has already confirmed that it will be among “one of the first” OEMs to launch 5G enabled smartphone in 2019. Xiaomi’s Mi MIX 3 is also likely to support 5G and come with 10GB of RAM.
Rivals Huawei and Samsung are developing their own 5G solutions for smartphones, which will compete with Qualcomm X50. Qualcomm is also partnering with about 18 carriers across the globe to push 5G standard which will also be crucial for the next wave of 5G handsets.