Qualcomm Demonstrates the Power of Its X16 LTE Modem in Latest Speed Test

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Feb 7, 2017
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The Snapdragon 835 itself is a very powerful chipset but what it brings to the table in terms of wireless connectivity is also a big weapon where mobile hardware is concerned. The chipset brings support for the Qualcomm X16 LTE modem and we should be seeing devices sporting such impressive internals during the later stages of 2017. To demonstrate the capabilities of Qualcomm’s latest LTE chip, a team of the company’s employees partnered with Telstra in Australia to register the kind of peak download and upload speeds the X16 LTE modem can achieve and you will definitely be impressed by these results.

Qualcomm X16 LTE Modem Peaks Out at a Download Rate of 930Mbps – Upload Speeds Also Reported as Being on the High Side

To demonstrate the prowess of the X16 LTE chip, Qualcomm and its employees decided to go down under along with Telstra, NETGEAR and Ericsson where they attended the ‘Gigabit LTE Experience’. This was to celebrate the arrival of the world’s first Gigabit LTE mobile device and network.

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Qualcomm states in its blog post the testing methodology and setup used in order to run the download and upload speed tests:

“Media and industry analysts from around the world got the chance to experience Gigabit LTE first hand via the NETGEAR Nighthawk M1 mobile router. This incredible device packs the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem for Gigabit LTE connectivity, and Qualcomm 11ac Wi-Fi with 2×2 MIMO designed so you can connect up to 20 devices simultaneously, with a large battery that keeps the data flowing for nearly 24 hours, and many other impressive features.”

After the tests had been done in a controlled environment, these were the concluded results:

“The event began with the requisite speed test. The NETGEAR Nighthawk M1 achieved incredible download speeds of 930 Mbps and upload speeds of 127 Mbps on Telstra’s live network.”

The results are definitely impressive for a chip that’s present in a SoC, but Qualcomm also wanted to clarify why it decided to perform such a speed run:

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“While impressive, the event was explicitly not about peak speeds, though they are interesting proof points about the raw capabilities of the device and network. Rather, we wanted to show attendees the amazing user experiences that Gigabit LTE makes possible.”

While you will still be limited to the network’s limit, it shows how far mobile LTE modems have come in terms of performance.

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