Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 will support blazing fast LTE and Wi-Fi data transfer speeds

Although the Snapdragon 820 is not out just yet, Qualcomm regularly updates us with certain aspects and specs of its upcoming top-of-the-line chipset. The chipset maker just announced that the Snapdragon 820 will be boasting a X12 LTE modem, which paves the way for some rather impressive data transfer speeds.

In the download part, the Snapdragon 820 supports Cat. 12 data speeds of up to 600Mbps. On the upload front, we have a maximum data transfer speed of 150Mbps. From the looks of it, the Snapdragon 820 will be the first chipset in the world to arrive with such download and upload transfer speeds. In addition, Qualcomm made it clear that the chipset will also be the first to support up to 4x4 MIMO (multiple input and multiple output) connections on a single LTE carrier. All in all, it looks like the Snapdragon 820 won't be too shabby on the connectivity part.

Another feature that we find particularly interesting is the SD820's Advanced Closed Loop Antenna Tuning feature, which has never before debuted on another chipset. The gist of it is that it aims to greatly reduce dropped calls and improve signal throughput on devices with "challenging metallic industrial designs".

Qualcomm seems to be pretty proud that the Snapdragon 820 comes with LTE-U. This abbreviation stands for "LTE Unlicensed" and is a technology that allows carriers to install compact cell towers in crowded areas with high demand for LTE. The Snapdragon's X12 modem will be able to simultaneously connect to the local LTE-U cell and the carrier's regular spectrum one operating in the area, providing more stable, faster LTE connections. 

Wi-Fi connectivity is another area in which the Snapdragon 820 sails comfortably. It supports multi-gigabit 802.11ad connectivity with a peak rate of 4.6Gbps, as well as 2x2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac one that has a peak rate of up to 867Mbps. It is said that these will bring "two-to-three" times faster download speeds on congested public networks. 

The Snapdragon 820 is expected to arrive later this year. Here's everything else you need to know about that chipset. 

source: Qualcomm 


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