Qualcomm’s X55 Modem to Open 5G Supported Phones

Qualcomm is a key step in the 5G with the X55 mobile modem, which will contribute to the standardization of 5G supported phone models in the industry.


Step by step towards 5G mobile communication technology, the steps were taken in this direction began to show itself well. At this point, Qualcomm and Intel have started to offer smartphone manufacturers the option of developing 5G mobile modems.

Qualcomm is investing in the 5G strong market. The company announced the Snapdragon X55, the evolution of the first modem released by the company for the new standard of mobile connection. The new integrated 7-nanometer multimode modem promises to be faster, thinner and more capable of showing up on handsets by the end of 2019, so it’s likely to hit the 2020 models.

Already available with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 mobile chipset, the X55 modem will help many smartphone models go easily to 5G.

The fact that the Snapdragon 855 can be used in many new high-end smartphone models in 2019 will also accelerate the 5G transitions. However, supporting the main frequency bands on the 4G LTE and 5G side will allow the industry to make a smooth transition.


The freshness makes sense now. That’s because only about 30 devices rely on the current version of Snapdragon X50. One of the manufacturers’ complaints was that the modems were too large, especially to be allocated to devices with smaller, finer screens. Another point in favor of Qualcomm is that the X50 was created even before the final standard was effectively defined, which happened only at the beginning of last year.

What the Snapdragon X55 will look for is to bring all new systems together into one. The X50 version is currently only capable of receiving 5G signals. A device already compatible with this technology must also have another chip for the other connection patterns. Only this integration, capable of receiving signals from 2G to 5G, would already make the Snapdragon X55 a much better option. Qualcomm points out that the component would be capable of “receiving any radio frequencies in any region of the world.”

In terms of speed, the company informs that it reaches up to 7 Gbps of downloads, with the current peak is 5 Gbps. In terms of upload, it runs around 3 Gbps.

Connected to 4G networks, it would also be able to offer more powerful connections, 25% more than the X24 chips used for LTE connections.

For this, the company also reported on the development of a new 5G antenna for smartphones. The third generation of them is called the QTM525, geared to fit on smartphones less than 8 mm thick.

The proposal is still capable of capturing 26 GHz frequencies along with 28 GHz and 39 GHz – both of which are already available. With this scope, the company could supply to manufacturers interested in launching smartphones in the United States, Japan, Europe, South Korea, and Australia.

At the moment, many smartphone manufacturers have examples of Snapdragon 855 and X55 modems and are working on their customizations. Although it is expected that the first concrete steps of 5G will not be thrown before 2020, the transition will be made very easily with the help of Qualcomm.

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