Qualcomm has revealed its newest LTE modem for smartphones, the Snapdragon X24. The X24, can reach speeds of 2 Gbps, a significant jump from the 1.2 Gbps promised by its predecessor, the X20. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X24 Modem: A Step towards 5G.
Qualcomm has claimed that the X24 is the first Category 20 LTE modem which can support those kinds of speeds, and also the first 7nm process chip on the market. It is likely that the X24 will be integrated in Qualcomm’s next premium mobile chip, which we can expect to power many of next year’s flagships. According to the company’s announcement video, it is expecting that it to show up in commercial devices in the first half of 2019.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X24 Modem: A Step towards 5G
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X24 supports up to seven carrier aggregation and 4×4 MIMO antenna arrays on up to five aggregated LTE carriers, which allow for a theoretical maximum of 20 concurrent LTE streams. The company has stated that, this functionality will allow for X24-equipped devices to connect to the entire range of spectrum bands available to carriers, which would increase overall performance beyond what we have now.
The aim of X24 is to pave the way towards 5G, by moving the 4G experience forward as much as possible. We can say that this is such a logical move by Qualcomm.