Qualcomm completes 5G mobile data connection test, unveils 5G smartphone reference design

Qualcomm completes 5G mobile data connection test, unveils 5G smartphone reference design

Qualcomm took a big leap towards 5G recently when it announced that it had conducted the first successful demonstration of a 5G data connection on the Snapdragon X50 5G modem. It comes with X12 LTE modem which supports a peak download speed of up to 600 Mbps.

A 5G connection was tested using a 5G modem chipset meant to be used in mobile devices, marking an important milestone in bringing this capability to consumers. Now, the company has successfully completed the first trial test of the X50 modem.

Qualcomm has released a new system-on-chip that's created to support the new 18:9 aspect ratio displays that are becoming more common these days. However, Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 is the only processor that will support the feature.

Qualcomm has tested the 5G connection on a smartphone using the X50 5G modem launched a year ago.

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As for its 5G smartphone concept, the futuristic-looking handset is 9mm thick and sports a trendy edge-to-edge screen.

But there are also plans to make use of the now unused 28GHz and 39GHz millimetre wave spectrum bands, which are found in the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and infrared waves. The Snapdragon 636 will begin shipping next month. With the latest tests, 5G NR is expected to start commercialisation in 2019. For now, only LG V30 smartphone will support the new spectrum. While doing demanding tasks, you will probably notice that the Adreno 509 graphics are only about 10 percent faster when you stack them up against the 630, but the Kryo 260 CPU is about 40 percent faster.

To focus on making 5G available commercially as soon as possible, Qualcomm also announced its intentions to collaborate with Verizon and Novatel Wireless.

Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 636 chipset has the same pin layout as the Snapdragon 630 and Snapdragon 660, so OEMs and smartphone manufacturers don't need to readjust their designs to use the new chipset. The Snapdragon 636 continues to build out the strong portfolio in Qualcomm Technologies' high performance tier of Snapdragon mobile platforms serving users who demand high quality devices with top-level features at a low price point.

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