Qualcomm introduces the Snapdragon X50 5G modem for next-generation phones and network testing

Qualcomm introduces the Snapdragon X50 5G modem for next-generation phones and network testing
Qualcomm this morning unveiled the new Snapdragon X50 5G modem. The company says that it is the first to unveil a commercial modem designed for next-generation phone manufacturers, and to help network operators with their 5G testing. The Snapdragon X50 supports 5G operations in the 28GHz band. That happens to be the band used by Nokia and U.S. Cellular for their recent 5G testing.

The modem will handle peak downlink speeds of 5Gbps, which was achieved in the same testing discussed above. To support these speeds, the modem uses "Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology with adaptive beamforming and beam tracking techniques." This helps the modem do its thing even in situations where the cell tower is not in the line-of-sight.

Phone manufacturers using the Snapdragon X50 will be able to get ahead of the field in having their devices ready for 5G compatibility. The modem can be combined with a Snapdragon chipset with an integrated Gigabit LTE modem. The Snapdragon X50 5G modem will work with multi-mode 4G/5G mobile broadband, as well as fixed wireless broadband devices.


The Snapdragon X50 5G modem will be available for sampling during the second half of next year. Commercial products employing the chip will be offered to consumers during the first half of 2018.

source: Qualcomm 

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5 Comments

1. emcdonald75

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Amazing that we are moving to 5G when no wireless carrier came close to reaching the full potential of 4G LTE. I guess we are more concerned with marketability than actually producing fast data speeds with exceptional wireless voice experiences. Will 5G fix dropped calls, weak wireless signals; and how long will 5G be around until we hear that 6G is right around the corner? Lol. These companies know how to brainwash and make a buck; I will give them that.

3. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

I agree.

6. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well in montreal Canada on my LG G5 on Telus network i did about 180 mb down wich is pretty amazing. But yeah i agree we need to make such speed available everywhere then try to increase speed. Thats only a good way to make us buy more device...

9. iPhoneBolt

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

Yeah, snapdragons are toads

5. Cipher007

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

It's all good. At least 5G will be better than 4G LTE.

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