Though the 5G network isn’t currently supported by any
devices yet, it soon will be, with the likelihood that many will use Qulacomm’s
new Snapdragon X55 5G modem.
The Snapdragon X55 5G modem is a 7-nanometer single-chip that supports theoretical top download speeds up to 7 Gbps and upload speeds as high as 3 Gbps.
While the Snapdragon X50 is a 5G-only modem, the
Snapdragon X55 also supports 4G LTE Cat 22 (with download speeds up to 2.
5Gbps), as well as 3G and 2G networks.
Technologies is spearheading the first wave of 5G launches with our first
generation 5G mobile platform. With significant evolution in capabilities and
performance, our second generation commercial 5G modem is a true testament to
the maturity and leadership of our 5G technology. We expect our 5G platform to
accelerate 5G commercial momentum and power virtually all 5G launches in 2019
while significantly expanding the global 5G rollout footprint,” says Cristiano
Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated.
Currently there aren’t all that many parts of the world
covered by 5G networks, so 4G support is therefore essential. Devices with X50
modems will likely have a Snapdragon 855 processor, which has a Qualcomm 4G
modem incorporated. The new X55 chip, however, can be used in devices that may
not already have an integrated cellular modem.
Other features that help set the X55 apart from the X50
include support for adaptive antenna tuning for better power efficiency and
faster 5G data transfer speeds.
The first devices products using Snapdragon X55 modems
should ship by the end of 2019.