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Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 doubles down on Gigabit LTE

14 February, 2018, 19:41 | Author: Janis Wilson
  • Snapdragon X24 is the first 7nm 2Gbps modem

This unprecedented feature set is created to allow devices that feature the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem to utilize all spectrum assets available from a mobile operator, whether in licensed spectrum, or with License Assisted Access (LAA). Think more like Snapdragon 850 (or whatever they call it).

The Snapdragon X24 Gigabit LTE mobile modem gives us an insight into the 5G world we'll start to see develop during and beyond the next year.

You future smartphone could be ridiculously fast even without 5G. While all the recent OnePlus smartphones are 4G ready, the OEM has partnered with Qualcomm to launch a 5G device in 2019. Samsung is on board with 5G NR from Qualcomm too as it was made clear crystal to Fudzilla by Cristiano Amon, Qualcomm's president.

It's not a true 5G chip though, with the firm's already announced X50 chip capable of speeds up to 5Gbps, but it's likely to arrive in phones later than the X24.

This is all, of course, speculation.

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David McQueen, Research Director at ABI Research, said: "This latest addition to Qualcomm's modem stable is clearly a continuation of the company's drive to take the industry closer to 5G, while also significantly widening the technology gap from its competing suppliers". Review the full press release here. By being able to support both 5G and super-fast LTE connections, devices will be able to more seamlessly make that tradeoff between 5G and LTE since the speeds will - hopefully - be more comparable. "We were the first network operator in the world to enable 1 Gbps LTE on a commercial mobile network and we are pleased to be working with Qualcomm Technologies, Ericsson and NETGEAR to leverage these network investments to develop the world's first 2 Gbps LTE live demonstration to meet the ever-growing demand for data and speed from our customers".

Chipmaker Qualcomm today announced the world's first Category 20 LTE modem supporting up to 2 gigabits per second (Gbps) download speeds and the first-announced chip built on 7nm FinFET process.

US-based semiconductor company Qualcomm has started sampling Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE modem and devices makers are expected to launch their new devices by the end of 2018. Last week, the company announced that its Snapdragon X50 would enter testing this year with carriers around the world and feature in 5G phones beginning next year.

The new Category 20 LTE modem features 7x20MHz carrier aggregation, and up to 4x4 MIMO on five carriers and a maximum of 20 spatial streams.

But before one explodes with excitement, the crushing reality is that mobile operators are nowhere near being able to offer 2Gbps download speeds.

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