Qualcomm unveils 2Gbps X24 modem, hinting at 7nm Snapdragon 855 for the Galaxy S10

Despite its spats with Apple, and the subsequent loss of one of its biggest clients to Intel, Qualcomm remains the top dog when it comes to cellular connectivity, and it just announced the first wireless modem that can hit 2 Gbps 4G LTE downloads, the X24, and the first chip announced to use the 7nm production process, ready to go into "commercial devices" by year's end. 

That's much faster than the X20 in Snapdragon 845 which is arriving with Galaxy S9. That one can take advantage of up to 1.2 Gbps speeds, just like the current top modem, found on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro - if your carrier can provide those, of course. As for Intel's modems that iPhones are likely to use exclusively going forward, the fastest announced so far is the XMM7060 that may end up in the 2018 iPhones, and that one supports 1.6 Gbps at the most.

The X24 gear can still be considered pre-5G, though, as phones with it would still need to have the 4G LTE modem part that can hit 2 Gbps, with an extra chippery on board that could use whatever early services the US carriers' 5G networks can offer. We aren't really talking only about speeds here, as to experience true 5G they'd need to use millimeter-wave networks that are only feasible to cover city centers with, and the 5G modem set for those is the X50, coming in 2019. The other aspects of a 5G network are no less important, though, such as extremely low latency, and the ability to hook up much more devices to a single tower.

We know what you are thinking - when can I get 5G on my phone, right? Well, as soon as next year, maybe with Snapdragon 855 on the Galaxy S10, or whatever Qualcomm and Samsung name those products, if the X24 there is packaged with a X50 "subsystem," as per Qualcomm's Sherif Hanna quote below. Oh, and if the first 7nm chipset announced is a cellular modem that is likely to go into Snapdragon 855, we can safely assume that the move to 7nm is happening for Galaxy S10, and should do wonders for its performance/battery life ratio.

source: Qualcomm



1. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Only galaxy s 10? Lol keep licking the ass to samsung

3. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

No where does the article say that only Galaxy s10's will get this Soc. Other vendors will get it too. Qualcomm isn't "licking anything". If anyone is doing the licking it is Samsung. Samsung's agreements with Qualcomm have paid off big for Qualcomm's chip sales, especially Galaxy S, and Note lines in the USA. If Samsung had their way, they'd most likely be using Exynos exclusively...

4. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

I do not lick it, qualcomm , He licks it phonearena, in the title puts in big S10

5. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

"hinting at 7nm Snapdragon 855 for the Galaxy S10" I don't think there is anything wrong with the title of this article. And definitely nothing to give credibility to your first line in post 1.

2. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2270; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This is a good sign for all chipsets

6. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Daniel, you might want to check the XMM7060 part in the article. The chipset that might probably be coming out this year is the XMM7560 for the iPhones and the XMM7660 and XMM8060 (5G) which support 1.6Gbps are announced for next year. Apologies if I am wrong :)

7. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1841; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Intels modem is inferior to Qualcomms. I was just in New Orleans for Mardi Gras this past weekend and I took both my note 8 and my X. The X consistently struggled to connect to the network in some places and when the crowds swelled, but my note 8 consistently kept a strong signal and good download/upload speeds no matter where or how big the crowds were. Looks like Apple made a poor decision going with Intel...

9. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

You are correct, technically Intels modem is indeed inferior. They do not support 4x4 MIMO and the 4 way carrier aggregation amongst other things. Most of these features gave been switched off by Apple to eliminate massive differences but Qualcomm still seems to beat it in tests. But the scenario you mentioned is very selective with the X not performing when the crowds swelled up. Most people might not see any difference at all in day to day routines. Also Intel has been catching up to Qualcomm at a great speed as the iPhone 7 intel modems were much worse off in comparison to Qualcomms. May I ask your normal daily experience with signal strength in both phones?

11. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1841; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

My daily experience gives the same results. Sitting on my couch I see signal loss more so on the X than my note as well as different places around town my note tends to get better signal and speeds than my X.

8. gamehead unregistered

I hope we see it this year

10. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

No, You’ll see that in 2050. Just like in display fingerprint scanner and foldable phone.

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