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Eat my dust, Samsung: Qualcomm reveals a breathtaking 1Gbps X16 LTE radio modem

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Eat my dust, Samsung: Qualcomm reveals a breathtaking 1Gbps X16 LTE radio modem
Just when Samsung was getting neck-and-neck with Qualcomm in terms of LTE modem abilities in its Exynos system-on-a-chip solutions, the Texans took to the airwaves to announce their next big thing. Qualcomm's new X16 LTE modem is capable of sustaining data speeds of up to the whopping 1 Gbps. 

Such LTE Advanced Pro speeds are present in only a handful of countries for now, like South Korea (oh, the irony!), Australia or Sweden, but when carriers here are ready with such rollout, Qualcomm will have the modem to match. Verizon has a pilot 1Gbps network a its HQ already, and, needless to say, says that such fiber-like speeds are meant for the next generation of video streaming.

For now, suffice it to say that the modem supports Cat. 16 LTE speeds, while others are up to Cat. 10, and is built on the trendy 14nm process, meaning a much smaller footprint and power consumption than before, despite doubling the speed over previous generations. The other interesting tidbit about Qualcomm's X16 LTE radio is that it is created with a new modular architecture that will allow quick scaling and adaptation to various tasks, scenarios and IoT gadgets that will need LTE connectivity. 

The first units are shipping to customers for sampling as we speak, and will be available in retail devices in the second half of the year. Given that Apple always try to keep the iPhone at the forefront of LTE connectivity - the iPhone 6s supports a record number of bands - we wouldn't be surprised if Qualcomm's new fast and efficient modem makes it into the iPhone 7 and Apple A10. As for Qualcomm's own chipsets? We doubt this modem will see the light of day before Snapdragon 830 goes into devices next year.

source: Qualcomm

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posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:35 54

1. Wiencon (Posts: 1920; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Wow just what I needed for my 500MB data plan

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:47 20

6. TerryTerius (Posts: 1924; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


I mean yeah, but what is more fun than blowing your data in a half a second and waiting an entire month to get that thrill all over again?

Good times.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 09:14 12

14. vuyonc (Posts: 1021; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


1 Gb/s (gigabits, not gigabytes [GB]) would chow the data plan in about 4 seconds.

Even in the real world when it's a little slower, YouTube could automatically choose 4K quality on videos without you noticing and rekt your data :/

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 09:31

17. joeytaylor (Posts: 463; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Then get a bigger plan...haha

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 10:01 8

20. brar.arsh (Posts: 201; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


@joeytaylor
You must be fun at parties.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 10:09

21. joeytaylor (Posts: 463; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Oh I am. ....you should invite me sometime

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 12:04

34. brar.arsh (Posts: 201; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


hahaha

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 11:10

23. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


No you have restrictor in settings on mobile utub..
"play hd over wifi only" don't forget that..

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:53

9. rd_nest (Posts: 1605; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


^^ lol

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 11:07 2

22. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


USA manufs. are such pathetic .. They only wants race like 10 year old boy kiddos..
They think whrn something is faster is better.. No not anymore.. Exactly you can stick that speed in your back.. Or tell all mobile OPs to provide unlimited internet for free
Then you can show off with this pointles stuff...

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 11:17 1

28. Bernoulli (Posts: 4088; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Better get unlimited before it's gone!

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 12:15 1

35. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Yeah, f*** them for advancing technology amirite?

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:38 15

2. johanbiff (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


who cares? NO network provider can provide such speed at this time(or even near future) so this means nothing.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:45 12

4. bucky (Posts: 2686; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


just going to say the same thing. Not only that but even if providers did match this speed, caps and cost would immediately kill it.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:46 3

5. johanbiff (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


note! I don`t mind the technology and future proofing but this is like having a 8K TV that no one can get anything out of until the suroundings keep up. I would rather they take a look at more energy efficient LTE modems instead.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 13:07

39. miketer (Posts: 168; Member since: 02 Apr 2015)


Not the surrounding, but your eye should keep up, in fact the eye of the while human race.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 13:08

40. miketer (Posts: 168; Member since: 02 Apr 2015)


Whole human race

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:55 2

12. Muayyad (Posts: 236; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


This will always give a reason to improve the network.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 12:28

38. johanbiff (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


you are correct although I think its just to soon for these kind of speeds.. I hope your right tough.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 09:09 1

13. Carlitos (Posts: 520; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Apparently South Korea and Sweden offer speeds this fast

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 12:25 1

37. johanbiff (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


not in Sweden(I live there) but they say it will "maybe" be ready this year, the fastest avg is TRE with 13.9Mbit/s..thats not even close to 1Gbit.. I don`t know about S korea but I highly doubt it can handle 1Gbit even if it supposed to handle 1Gbit i never will..I think is just to early for these speeds IMO

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 09:14 6

15. Planterz (Posts: 2103; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


So companies should stop innovating then?

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 12:19 1

36. johanbiff (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


read again. im all for it just by the time the have installed all the HW this modem will have yet another update and the phone
/tablet its in is old.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 08:19

50. ph00ny (Posts: 1263; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Exactly. Only country that actually is rolling super quick LTE service is probably korea where samsung releases their special high speed LTE devices. So in that regard, who's eating whose dust?

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:50 2

7. Jairus24 (Posts: 49; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)


Now I can spend my limited 3GB data volume in under 5 minutes, thanks Qualcomm. /s

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 09:33 1

18. joeytaylor (Posts: 463; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Not really

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 11:16 1

25. Jairus24 (Posts: 49; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)


It's a sarcasm "/s" because no carrier right now can provide that kind of insane speed on mobile.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 09:34 2

19. UglyFrank (Posts: 1722; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


24 seconds :)

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 11:13 1

24. Jairus24 (Posts: 49; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)


I said "in under 5 minutes" because I'm not sure so my statement is valid.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:51 6

8. leotrim (Posts: 21; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


take it easy phonearena however Samsung is building qualcomm chips :P

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