Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 doubles down on Gigabit LTE

Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE: World's first Cat 20 2Gbps modem set to debut at MWC

"As the world's first announced Gigabit LTE modem to achieve speeds of up to 2 Gbps, the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem sets a major mobile industry milestone, created to provide enhanced mobile broadband and deliver an extremely important gigabit coverage layer for commercial 5G networks and mobile devices that are expected to start launching in 2019", said Serge Willenegger, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm's wireless division. With this, Qualcomm also revealed a list of 18 OEMs who will be using the x50 modem and 5G technology in their upcoming hardware.

It supports up to 7x carrier aggregation in the downlink, as well as 4×4 MIMO on up to five aggregated LTE carriers, for a total of up to 20 concurrent spatial LTE streams. At the beginning, as carriers start to roll out their 5G networks, 4G LTE is going to still be important for many mobile users. However, there are several features that distinguish the latest development from all the existing mobile modems, including the Snapdragon X20 that will come into reality with the launch of the Snapdragon 845 SoC very soon. "The Snapdragon X24 LTE modem sets a major mobile industry milestone, created to provide enhanced mobile broadband and deliver an extremely important gigabit coverage layer for commercial 5G networks and mobile devices that are expected to start launching in 2019".

Qualcomm says the new X24 LTE modem can reach theoretical speeds of 2Gbps, wherever supported by carries, which is a significant improvement over theoretical speeds of 1.2Gbps achieved by X20 LTE modem.




All that speed means blisteringly fast mobile connections for streaming and other online activity; we'd imagine porn aficionados could get hold of some much grot that they'd break themselves. It expects the first devices to be powered by the chipset by the end of this year.

Even Qualcomm is quick to admit that early 5G networks will likely have their share issues, just as the first LTE and 3G networks did. While all the recent OnePlus smartphones are 4G ready, the OEM has partnered with Qualcomm to launch a 5G device in 2019. It'll demonstrate the chip at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain with Ericsson, Telstra, and NETGEAR. There is also full-dimension Multi-Input Multi-Output (FD-MIMO) to give way to carriers to start sending their 5G signals.

Not only is it the world's first Cat 20 LTE modem to offer 2Gbps speeds, it's also the world's first announced chip built on a 7-nanometer FinFET process. On the upstream side, the modem supports 3x20 MHz carrier aggregation and 256-QAM for upload speeds up to 316 Mbps. Operators will also be able to use their spectrum more efficiently while delivering high speeds to consumers.

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