Qualcomm Claims New Milestone: World’s First 5G Data Connection on 5G Modem for Mobile Phones Achieved

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Oct 17, 2017
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Qualcomm is inching closer and closer to making 5G connectivity a possibility. Even though the hardware for achieving it exists in the form of the Snapdragon X50 modem, those earth-tumbling speeds could not be obtained as there was not a suitable environment or testing methodologies available. Now, the future is going to become faster than ever as Qualcomm has completed its first ever test of a 5G connection on a mobile device.

Qualcomm Has Also Announced Its First 5G Smartphone Reference Design, Which Will Be Used to Test Out 5G Modems – 5Gbps Speeds Are Capable

The company carried out the test using its Snapdragon X50 5G modem and was performed on the 28GHz millimeter wave frequency band. While Qualcomm states that the modem obtained gigabit speeds, it is capable of 5Gbps speeds after 5G deployments have been completed.

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That is not all the company managed to announce because the chipmaker has also unveiled its first ever 5G smartphone reference design, which it will use to test 5G modems, radios, and networks with smartphone makers over the next year or two as we transition into the era of 5G-compatible mobile devices, which are expected to arrive during the first half of 2019.

Qualcomm followed the same design approach as several manufacturers releasing their mobile offerings in 2017; 9mm thick and rocking an edge-to-edge display.

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How Did Qualcomm Make All of This Happen?

To make the X50 modem work in a smartphone, Qualcomm developed a new millimeter wave antenna that’s roughly the size of a dime. According to it, it can fit two of these antennas in a smartphone, and though it is already the smallest millimeter wave design available, the plans are to shrink it by another 50 percent over the course of 12 months.

Qualcomm has also unveiled a series of components that will make it easier for phone manufacturers to support T-Mobile’s new 600MHz spectrum that is currently in deployment. For now, the only smartphone in existence that can take advantage of this spectrum is none other than the LG V30.

However, Qualcomm is optimistic that more and more devices will be rolled out in the near future that can take advantage of this band.

Are you excited to see 5Gbps speeds on your smartphones in the future? Tell us your thoughts right away.

Source: Qualcomm

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