MWC19 also revealed the 5G Snapdragon X55 module for notebooks

The Snapdragon 5G module for notebooks. (Source: WinFuture)
The Snapdragon 5G module for notebooks. (Source: WinFuture)
This year's Mobile World Congress (MWC19) focused heavily on more mobile tech, particularly as some acquired the ability to fold this year. However, this was also a stage for 5G this year. To this end, Qualcomm unveiled its X55 SoC-containing module for laptops at the show.
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We already know that Snapdragon aims to extend its platform support portfolio to include Windows, through the development of chipsets such as the Snapdragon 8cx. This 7nm architecture is intended for integration into notebooks. It can be thought of as an alternative version of the Snapdragon 855 processor for flagship smartphones. However, the 8cx is also associated with NVMe support and a fanless design.

On the other hand, the 8cx can still be paired with a modem that uses cellular bands, so that the laptop in question will be one of the 'always connected' variety. It was originally assumed that this module would be the X24 component, so as to offer 4G/LTE speeds. However, Qualcomm has recently announced an option that may improve on this prospect.

It is essentially a board containing the X55 SoC. This chipset was also recently introduced as a successor to the X50 5G modem for mobile devices. Unlike this first-gen product, the X55 is also backwards-compatible with bands from 4G to 2G. This new X55-based module for notebooks was showcased at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC19).

Another look at the new 5G module for laptops. (Source: WinFuture)
Another look at the new 5G module for laptops. (Source: WinFuture)


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-03- 1 (Update: 2019-03- 1)
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