We did not even get our hands on the first 5G compatible smartphones, and we already have a second generation 5G modem, offered by Qualcomm.
Called Snapdragon X55 5G, the modem brings some welcome improvements and will be offered to the partners of the company in the months to come.
First and foremost – speed. It is significantly faster than its predecessor, the X50. Qualcomm claims that the X55 can grow up to 7 gigabits per second, unlike the older model that could reach a maximum speed of 5 gigabits.
Do not forget that it is absolute maximum values in a controlled environment. Do not expect these speeds to take place in nature for the moment.
The second big upgrade is its efficiency. According to The Verge, the Snapdragon X55 consumes more power, which is achieved through the support of adaptive antenna tuning for frequencies below 6 GHz 5G.
The device is also smaller since it is now compatible with Qualcomm's new mmWave antenna module. This means that it should take up less space in mobile phones and similar devices.
But The Verge also states that this device is not designed for 5G smartphones. Of course, it will probably also be used in smartphones, but its main use case should be connected cars and other IoT devices.
These are the biggest upgrades in the range of modems, along with some other minor ones that you can find on this link.
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