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

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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46 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Wow just what I needed for my 500MB data plan

6. TerryTerius unregistered

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.

14. vuyonc

Posts: 1087; Member since: Feb 24, 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 :/

17. joeytaylor

Posts: 955; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Then get a bigger plan...haha

20. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

@joeytaylor You must be fun at parties.

21. joeytaylor

Posts: 955; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

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

34. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

hahaha

23. MSi_GS70 unregistered

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

9. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

^^ lol

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...

28. Bernoulli

Posts: 4358; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Better get unlimited before it's gone!

35. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

2. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

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

4. bucky

Posts: 3764; Member since: Sep 30, 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.

5. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

39. miketer

Posts: 471; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

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

40. miketer

Posts: 471; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Whole human race

12. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

This will always give a reason to improve the network.

38. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

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

13. Carlitos

Posts: 622; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Apparently South Korea and Sweden offer speeds this fast

37. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 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

15. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

So companies should stop innovating then?

36. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

50. ph00ny

Posts: 1945; Member since: May 26, 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?

7. Jairus24

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

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

18. joeytaylor

Posts: 955; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Not really

25. Jairus24

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

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

19. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

24 seconds :)

24. Jairus24

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

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

8. leotrim

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

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

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