Qualcomm has fitted in an X12 LTE modem in the new piece of silicon that promises speeds of 600 Mbps. In order to help carriers test, Qualcomm has released a "reference design" smartphone for the first 5G device.
Remember the company's groundbreaking Snapdragon X50 modem, unveiled nearly exactly one year ago in its first stage of development? These reference designs are not meant to be attractive, as they are just a testbed for how mobile makers use the technology. While Qualcomm states that the modem obtained gigabit speeds, it is capable of 5Gbps speeds after 5G deployments have been completed.
Qualcomm took a big leap towards 5G recently when it announced that it had conducted the first successful demonstration of a 5G data connection on the Snapdragon X50 5G modem.
The smartphone reference is created to show how 5G spectrum going to get filled into small form factor.
The module is about the size of a nickel, making it viable for a smartphone, which likely will have more than one module in them.
In Qualcomm 4G/5G summit, Qualcomm officially announces the next generation state of the art 5G modem.
According to Qualcomm, the X50 model can offer up to 1 Gbps data transfer speeds via 28GHz mmWave radio frequency band and advanced signal processing technologies.
The latest mobile platform features eight Kryo 260 CPUs instead of A53 CPUs, which the company claims deliver a 40 percent increase in device performance over Snapdragon 630. Qualcomm expects its X50 modem will be ready for the upcoming 5G-ready phones, expected to ship in the first half of 2019. Other connectivity features include Global Positioning System, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0 (with aptX and aptX HD), USB 3.1, NFC, and much more. This midrange chipset interestingly has support for the ultra-wide FHD+ displays with 18:9 aspect ratio, a trendy feature to have these days, even in midrange smartphones. The achievement could pave the way for 5G commercialization in 2019. The Snapdragon 636 is built on a 14nm FinFET process and is pin- and software-compatible with the Snapdragon 660 and 630 platforms, allowing any manufacturer to drop the new processor right inside their devices without modifications.