Chip maker Qualcomm has announced a brand-new modem keeping in mind the surge for high-speed data access in the present and the coming year. Setting the ground for 5G connectivity, Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon X24 modem that will allow for faster data access speeds on mobile devices, among other things.
The new Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 modem builds on the X20 which has yet to make its appearance in the market.
The Snapdragon X24 modem has been design to cater to 5G networks offering peak download speeds of up to 2 Gbps, much faster than what one can get on even wired networks today.
While the X20 is expected to make an appearance in the upcoming Snapdragon 845 SoC, the X24 should arrive in devices by the end of 2018.
Unlike the X20 that has been built using the 10 nm manufacturing process, the new X24 has been designed using the 7 nm process, also making it a world's first.
What comes with the 7 nm process is better battery efficiency among other things but we aren't sure how much of splash it will make when it arrives.
This is because Qualcomm had also unveiled a Snapdragon X50 NR (New Radio) modem back in 2016, one that allows multi-mode connectivity. It was a just a few days ago that smartphone giants like Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, ZTE and Nokia said that they would use the same in premium smartphones that are set to arrive in 2019.
With varying capabilities, it is indeed up to manufacturers to decide on which modem fits which market and deliver the goods according, because the data speeds in India despite having the 4G LTE moniker are anything but that when compared to networks internationally.
Updated Date: Feb 15, 2018 07:32 AM