World’s first 5G modem offers download speeds up to 5Gbps

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Baku, October 19 AZERTAC

Chipmaker Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon X50, the ‘world’s first’ 5G modem for smartphones that’s capable of download speeds up to 5Gbps.

Qualcomm said that the Snapdragon X50 can achieve speeds almost 400 times faster than the current average 4G download speed of 13.5Mbps as it uses very wide bandwidths available in the next-generation 28GHz millimetre wave (mmWave) band combined with advanced signal processing technologies.

The Snapdragon X50 will support Multiple-Input Multiple-Output antenna arrays and adaptive beamforming and beam tracking techniques, which Qualcomm explained extends mmWave’s mobility and reach to non-line-of-sight situations.

Cristiano Amon, executive vice president at Qualcomm, added: "The Snapdragon X50 5G modem heralds the arrival of 5G as operators and OEMs reach the cellular network and device testing phase.

"Using our long history of LTE and WiFi leadership, we are thrilled to deliver a product that will help play a critical role in bringing 5G devices and networks to reality. This shows that we’re not just talking about 5G, we’re truly committed to it."

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