The 5G phones of the future are getting one more gift from Qualcomm
Qualcomm already has a 5G modem announced, the X50 that will likely land in the next generations of phones with the ultrafast, low-latency cellular connectivity from LG, Motorola, OnePlus and others that are "committed" to the platform.
The X50 will probably be crafted with the new 7nm EUV chip-making process of Samsung, reducing its potentially chubby footprint that needs to accomodate every radio and frequency under the sun without interference. Now, however, it announced further miniaturization, this time of the 5G antenna module that is no less important for stellar 5G performance than the modem itself.
The so-called QTM052 mmWave antennas are shrunk even further compared to the previous generation, and now a smartphone can fit up to four inside its casing, and couple them with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem for better reception.
Apple uses a four-antenna design in its newest iPhone XS and XS Max, and any further miniaturization of the 5G antennas would potentially allow it to bring the same setup to future iPhones with the next-gen cellular standard. According to Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm Incorporated:
Most Android makers have already tipped that they have 5G handsets coming down the pike, promising to out them by early 2019, so smaller antenna modules will be a welcome news for them, too.