Qualcomm demos 5G mobile device with 5Gbps download speeds

Qualcomm demos 5G mobile device with 5Gbps download speeds

But that's not the end of it. Qualcomm, which is hosting its annual 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong this week, also announced a new mobile platform, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, created to provide improvements to device performance, enhanced gaming and display technology support compared to the Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform. X50 supports up to 5 gigabits per second download speeds, opening up new frontiers in cloud-based services. Moreover, the company stated that the Snapdragon X50 5G modem is just the beginning, and that it will keep up its efforts to advance next generation cellular technology.

We're talking the same masses that are now barely able to hit average 4G download speeds of around 15 Mbps stateside, according to OpenSignal's latest global "State of LTE" report.

Qualcomm has released a new system-on-chip that's created to support the new 18:9 aspect ratio displays that are becoming more common these days. The phone may launch with a Mediatek processor this year and will be followed by a Qualcomm version (Snapdragon 636) in Q1 2018.

At the summit, Qualcomm also showed off the very first 5G modem (the X50) installed on a mobile device.

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Qualcomm followed the same design approach as several manufacturers releasing their mobile offerings in 2017; 9mm thick and rocking an edge-to-edge display.

The 5G test was carried out on the 28GHz mm wave frequency band. The company said: "The Snapdragon 636 continues to build out the strong portfolio in Qualcomm Technologies' high performance tier of Snapdragon mobile platforms, serving users who demand high quality devices with top-level features at a low price point". Similar to other middle-class Qualcomm processors, the new one too supports nearly every mobile networks on the planet. On the modem side, it also supports 3x20MHz carrier aggregation and up to 256-QAM for downlink, and 2x20MHz carrier aggregation up to 64-QAM for uplink.

Additionally, the company also previewed its first mmWave 5G smartphone reference design, which has been made specifically to fit within smartphone form factor constraints.

Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 636 mobile chipset is expected to ship to customers from next month. He utilizes Qualcomm Kryo 260 CPU with a 40 percent device operation raise compared to precursory Snapdragon 360.

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