Qualcomm successfully tested world’s first 5G modem chipset

Qualcomm has recently announced the Snapdragon 636 SoC at the 4G/5G summit in Hong Kong. The new chipset will be used in mid-range smartphones. The company also announced the successful testing of a 5G modem chipset on its Snapdragon X50 5G chip.

The Snapdragon X50 is a result of Qualcomm’s long march towards the 5G technology. The company had introduced the first 5G modem last year and it has now announced that it has successfully tested the X50 5G modem chipset. The modem chipset can reach to gigabit speeds using 28GHz millimetre wave spectrum.

Qualcomm successfully tested world’s first 5G modem chipset

In addition, the company has also shared its first 5G smartphone reference design. This will guide the smartphone manufacturers to start the development of their next year’s handsets. The reference design showcased 9mm thickness and features an edge-to-edge display.

“The introduction of the Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform allows OEMs to enjoy a smooth transition from the Snapdragon 660 and 630 Mobile Platforms while supporting the deployment of superior functionality and performance to end users,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc, via a press statement.

As per Qualcomm, it has demonstrated the 5G data connection which is capable of reaching up to 5gbps speeds once the full 5G arrangements will be completed. It demonstrated the capabilities of a phone equipped with X50 chipset that will work on 5G networks.

Qualcomm successfully tested world’s first 5G modem chipset

Separately, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC made its debut in the mid-range chipset space. It is the latest addition to the company’s 600 series which will be used in upcoming Android mobiles. It is claimed to offer 40 percent increased performance than the Snapdragon 630 chipset. The chipset comes with integrated Adreno 509 GPU which is build to improve the gaming and browsing experience by 10 percent over the past generation.

Furthermore, the chipset supports ultra-wide FHD+ display (full HD+, 1080×2160 pixels) and Assertive displays. The Snapdragon X12 LTE modem is also fitted in the chipset which allows top download speeds of 600mbps. Hence, the advent of Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset will boost the use of near-bezel less and elevated displays in mid-range smartphones.

Moreover, the chipset features the 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP that supports capturing of up to 24MP.  It also offers zero shutter lag which enhances the smooth zooming, true-to-life colours, and fast autofocus. This will bring amazing photography experience on the upcoming mobile phones.


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