Snapdragon X50 release date, news: Qualcomm modem makes 5G connectivity a reality


In this fast-paced world where everyone is constantly twiddling on their gadgets and exploring the internet, talks about the next-generation mobile web connection are already popping up here and there. The buzz has gotten more intense over the last couple of days with Qualcomm announcing the Snapdragon X50 modem which might inch users closer to the next big thing in online connectivity.

Revealed at the recently concluded Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit 2016 in Hong Kong, the 5G wireless technology is expected to don the upcoming 28 GHz millimeter wave spectrum.

“The Snapdragon X50 5G modem is a remarkable milestone in and of itself. But its capabilities are even more impressive,” the official statement for the launch reads. “It’s engineered to support unprecedented download speeds of up to 5 Gbps. It is designed to achieve these breathtaking speeds by utilizing very wide bandwidths available in the 28 GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) band combined with advanced signal processing technologies.

The 5 Gbps speed will give internet users significantly improved connections compared to the currently prevalent 4G modem. To put things into perspective, once the next-generation internet feature rolls out, it will have five times download speed of its predecessor.

Qualcomm has also pointed out that alongside the launch of this groundbreaking feature is their plans for establishing infrastructures that will make it more accessible. Concerns for optimum coverage in the meantime will be addressed by the transition of connectivity from 5G to LTE depending on how much farther the mobile device moves out of the supposed range.

The American multinational semiconductor company is very confident that the transition period between 5G and its predecessors will be nothing short of seamless as they are also continuing to develop pre-existing connectivity measures like the now functional Gigabit Class LTE.

The Snapdragon X50 5G is expected to begin sampling by the latter half of next year with a targeted mainstream release throughout 2018.