+ Friday August 23rd, 2019

Next week in Barcelona, Qualcomm will show off its second generation Snapdragon X55 5G modem to power the next generation of 5G smartphones and devices.

The Snadragon X55 5G modem is a single-chip multi-mode solution which allows manufacturers to combine any number of frequencies in devices, including the sub-6 GHz frequencies and 5G mmWave bands. This will allow manufacturers to build smaller, more capable devices with increased power efficiency.

The new chipset will support the next generation of connectivity for mobile devices, hotspots and fixed wireless devices (such as CPE modems) and always-connected devices like laptops, cars and more.

The best news? The Snapdragon X55 modem will support incredible speeds – up to 7GBps over the air – which will facilitate near-instant connection between the user and the cloud.

Competition is heating up in this space. It wasn’t long ago that Huawei announced its single-chip 5G modem which also includes 2G/3G/4G compatibility in the same single chip. It’s notable, though, that Huawei’s chip is rated for a maximum of 4.6Gbps, against Qualcomm’s 7Gbps.

Either way, we expected to be inundated with 5G news next week, so this is only the beginning.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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