Snapdragon X50 release date, news: Qualcomm introduces 5G modem for heftier internet speeds

(YouTube/Qualcomm Snapdragon processors & modems)Screenshot from the announcement video of the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 that will bring 5G-enable mobile devices by 2018.

This week, Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon X50 chip, which promises to bring the 5G cellular services that will allow optimized internet speeds.

In an official statement, Qualcomm said, "With this announcement, 5G becomes more than just an ambitious collection of ideas about what the future of cellular systems should look like and what it will make possible."


The popular microchip company prides itself in bringing 3G and 4G connection and is promising to bring revolutionized cellular internet speeds that will allow for up to 5 GB per second downloading clock rate.

According to Qualcomm, the 5G speeds will be possible through the bandwidths available in the 28-gigahertz (GHz) millimeter wave (mmWave) paired with "advanced signal processing technology."

The company further explained, "Instead of using only a handful of antennas (as with 4G), the Snapdragon X50 5G modem relies on multi-element antenna arrays."

To preempt some concerns like what happens if a 5G-enabled mobile device goes out of a 5G range, Qualcomm promised that the coverage will be taken care of by the long-term evolution (LTE) technology. This will be made possible by another recently announced Gigabit Class LTE.

In partnership with Telstra, Ericsson and NETGEAR, Qualcomm's Gigabit Class LTE will avoid a drastic change in internet speeds once a 5G-enable mobile device goes out of 5G coverage.

Qualcomm also explained that future mobile devices can sport a pair of Snapdragon X50 5G modem and another Snapdragon processing chip that has Gigabit Class LTE incorporated in it. This will empower mobile devices to be able to simultaneously work with a 5G and 4G network.

However, it will take some time before consumers get their hands on 5G-/4G-enabled mobile devices. According to Qualcomm, "The Snapdragon X50 5G modem is expected to begin sampling in the second half of 2017, and the first products integrating it are expected to surface throughout 2018."

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