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Qualcomm previews Snapdragon X65 5G modem with 10 Gbps speeds

The X65 modem ushers in “5G phase 2."(Image Source: Qualcomm)
The X65 modem ushers in “5G phase 2."(Image Source: Qualcomm)
The next gen X65 5G modems are expected to power all Android and iPhone flagship devices launching in 2022. Prominent features for the upcoming "5G phase 2" modem include 10 Gbps speeds, improved antenna module with support for the newly introduced n259 (41 GHz) band and AI-powered efficiency boost, plus compatibility with Qualcomm's second gen Fixed Wireless Access platform.
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We barely got to play with the first devices powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC coupled with the X60 5G modem, yet Qualcomm is already previewing its next gen X65 5G modem that is scheduled to be integrated in next year’s Android and iPhone flagships. Besides offering faster download and upload speeds, the X65 is also paving the way for the “5G phase 2,” networks and comes with an improved mmWave antenna module that leverages the power of AI to boost efficiency even further.

The X60 modem is already allowing for download speeds of up to 7.6 Gbps, which puts to shame your usual fiber optics wired connection, in theory at least. Truth be told, 5G networks are not really that stable to allow for those speeds as of yet, but 5G adoption is going well around the world, and in a few years, we might even be able to benefit from those 10 Gbps speeds promised by the upcoming X65 modems. Even if the cellular networks cannot be upgraded to sustain such speeds in due time, the X65 modems can still be used in conjunction with Qualcomm’s second gen Fixed Wireless Access platform to deliver increased speeds over fixed broadband networks. Qualcomm is already in talks with over 30 operators across the world that would soon be rolling out improved broadband services using this technology.

Along with the X65 modem, Qualcomm is to introduce the fourth gen 545 mmWave antenna module integrating several new features. First of all, there is support for the newly introduced n259 (41 GHz) band, plus all other Sub-6 bands. The modem-to-antenna design is fully integrated now, keeping roughly the same size as the third generation model, while offering additional RF front-end modules with full 100 MHz bandwidth for 5G bands. Energy efficiency has also been improved and, through the power of AI, the new system is 30 percent more accurate at detecting how you’re gripping the phone in your hand, allowing it to offer improved connectivity, faster data speeds, and better battery life by utilizing a more efficient connection.

Qualcomm will launch the X65 modem with a simplified X62 version for more affordable devices.


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Bogdan Solca, 2021-02- 9 (Update: 2021-02- 9)