Qualcomm is ensuring that the future of internet arrives fast. After 3G and 4G internet, 5G speeds may soon be a reality as Qualcomm has just conducted its first test of a 5G connection on a smartphone. The company was able to complete the test using the Snapdragon X50 modem. The 5G modem was launched 1 year back and the test has been performed with 28GHz mm-wave frequency. The company informed that during the test the modem was able to reach gigabit internet speeds. However, once the full 5G deployments are complete, the device could reach upto a 5Gbps speed. Interestingly, Qualcomm has also announced a 5G mobile reference design that will be used to test 5G compatibility so that when the technology is ready in the next 2 years, your phones will also be capable to incorporate it.
Qualcomm says that the 5G-compatible smartphones could arrive in the markets in the first half of 2019. According to the design reference released, the mobile is 9mm thick, has a bezel-less display, and for a large part looks like most smartphones in the market right now. Qualcomm has also launched the new Snapdragon 636 processor for mid-budget mobiles. The Snapdragon 636 is a successor of the Snapdragon 630. The 630 model had just been introduced in some devices, but the latest version reportedly marks a 40 percent improvement in performance. The 636 SoC will begin to ship to customers from November, and it will probably show up in phones by the end of 2018.
Meanwhile, the 5G data connection information may not ring as a very exciting news. However, the signs are good that the technology is closer to consumers now than ever. An Engadget report cited Qualcomm representatives as saying that the 5G feature could be done much sooner than thought before. They said that the initial version will be finished by December 2017. Qualcomm actually expects 5G devices to reach us in 2019, which is one year later than what the company reportedly expected in October 2016. However, the plan appears to be a little more realistic.
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To put the news simply, this is the first proof which shows that the X50 chip can fit inside a mobile. While the design and build are not really great, it should not be judged based on that. These reference designs are not meant to be beautiful, as they are just a testbed for how mobile makers use the technology.