Qualcomm Announces the World’s First 5G Modem for Smartphones
Qualcomm announced the commercial release of 5G modems at its summit in Hong Kong on Tuesday. The arrival of its Snapdragon X50, world’s first 5G modem with a claim to support download speed of up to 5Gbps is expected for a proper launch by 2018. Qualcomm is leading the rat race competition in the development of high-end technologies for greater connectivity and speed today by showcasing a 5G Chip modem solution.
The 4G LTE average download speed is currently about 13.5Mbps across the world and in comparison, 5G supported X50 device will be capable of nearly 400 times more than that.
It’s important to mention the key word ‘capable’ here as there aren’t any commercial telecommunication networks available across the globe that support 5G standards. So, you will be able to enjoy 5Gbps download speeds and services only when the services are being offered by cellular companies.
Still, it’s a great achievement in the technology sector, especially as the telecommunication companies are still in a process to consider the launch of 5G services by the year 2020. South Korea, China and Japan are going to launch its first 5G network in 2018, backed by the United States and United Kingdom, as they’re hoping to roll out their next generation mobile networks around 2020.
This visible development in the 5G technological sector could boost the industry in terms of advancement and competition. It can be speculated that more companies will benchmark Qualcomm in the development of 5G supported modems.
Qualcomm is focused to provide sample chips to manufacturers around the second quarters of 2017 and you can expect to see them in the smartphones shipped to the end users in late 2018