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Qualcomm is first to reach 5G speeds using the X50 mobile modem

The Snapdragon X50 mobile modem will be shipped with the 2019 smartphones. (Source: Qualcomm)
The Snapdragon X50 mobile modem will be shipped with the 2019 smartphones. (Source: Qualcomm)
The X50 modem provides downlink speeds of over 1 gbps in the 28 GHz mmWave spectrum. Qualcomm also presented the first 5G smartphone reference designs for OEMs. The 5G standard, together with supporting smartphones, is expected to be available by 2019.
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The Snapdragon X50 5G modem was presented at the 2017 Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit. Mobile internet speeds across the world will soon be upgraded to the 5G standard, and Qualcomm intends to be the first to offer the necessary hardware for the upgrade, including new smartphone specifications. Qualcomm claims that the X50 modem is the first of its kind to successfully achieve a 5G data connection in the 28 GHz mmWave spectrum, providing downlink speeds of over 1 gbps.

Together with the new X50 modem, Qualcomm also revealed the first 5G smartphone reference design in order to help mobile OEMs implement, test and optimize the necessary 5G hardware.  The 5G standard will improve many aspects over the current 4G, including data rates of 100 megabits per second for metropolitan areas and tens of megabits per second for the remaining zones, IoT integration, improved coverage and reduced latency. The approved spectra for 5G are 28 GHz, 37 GHz and 39 GHz.

Even though the technology is here, the 5G coverage still needs to be extended and will not be operational until early 2019. Qualcomm confirmed this, stating that the first 5G smartphones are expected to be released in the first half of 2019.

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I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2017-10-17 (Update: 2017-10-17)