World’s largest chipmaker Qualcomm has announced its latest 5G modem — the Snapdragon X65 — as a successor to its last year’s Snapdragon X60. The alleged 5G modem just started to hit devices as a part of the Snapdragon 888 system-on-a-chip (SoC). The company has said that the new modem will support up to 10Gbps speeds on 5G networks. These include both standalone and non-standalone 5G networks. The company says that the Snapdragon X65 will be a much, much faster modem.
Notably, this would require your carrier to support such speeds on its standalone and non-standalone 5G networks. Also, the Snapdragon X65 will likely take some time to hit any devices, most probably the next year. We believe the next-gen modem will show up in Qualcomm next year’s flagship Snapdragon release. The company will presumably announce it in December this year.
Snapdragon X65 Modem Speed, mmWave, and More
As said before, the chipset giant’s new 5G modem offers theoretical top speeds of 10Gbps, which is faster than the Snapdragon X60. It may launch in flagship smartphones in late 2021 or most probably in early 2022. According to the company, this fourth-generation 5G modem-to-antenna solution will support all key 5G spectrum bands and combinations. These include millimeter-wave (mmWave), sub-6 GHz using frequency division duplex (FDD), and time division duplex (TDD). Further, the chipmaker says that the X65 is paired with Qualcomm’s new 545 mmWave antenna module that supports higher transmit power and all global mmWave frequencies.
According to Qualcomm, the company’s latest 5G solution is capable of delivering up to 10 gigabits per second download speeds. It said that the “light modem-RF integration” and “advanced modem-RF technologies” will help OEMs deliver superior data speeds, call quality, network coverage, and support for all-day battery life in a sleek form. The company claims that when the Snapdragon X65 modem launches, users can experience fiber-like browsing speeds, low-latency, immersive 360-degree video, and more.
Currently, the fifth generation of mobile communication system (5G) is the fastest network, and many countries are rolling it out. Though the new cellular technology offers lower latencies and faster speeds, 5G speeds are still slow in many parts of the world. In some countries, say India, 5G is still in the testing phase and may roll out in early 2022.