Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon X55, its second-gen 5G wireless modem

Shawn Knight

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5G-enabled smartphones haven’t even hit the market yet but that isn’t stopping Qualcomm from advancing along its development roadmap. The chipmaker on Tuesday announced the Snapdragon X55, its second-generation 5G wireless modem.

The Snapdragon X55 is built on a 7-nanometer manufacturing process. It supports 5G NR mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum bands with up to 7 gigabits per second (Gbps) download speeds and 3 Gbps upload speeds over 5G. The single-chip solution also supports Category 22 LTE with up to 2.5 Gbps LTE download speeds.

By comparison, the first-gen Snapdragon X50 that Qualcomm unveiled in late 2016 supported up to 5 gigabits per second download speeds (all theoretical, of course).

Qualcomm said the chip has been designed for a global 5G rollout with support for all major frequency bands as well as TDD and FDD modes of operations. It’s additionally capable of both Standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network deployments and has been engineered to support dynamic spectrum sharing between 4G and 5G services.

Qualcomm is already providing customers with samples and expects the chip to show up in commercial devices including smartphones, laptops, tablets and mobile hotspots by the end of the year.

Lead image via Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

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5G and WiFi 6 on a single device!! This will rock your world.
Actually, please explain how you could feel the difference between a good 4G connection and 5G one. I want real scenarios, not benches. Also, wifi 6 from qualcomm is just wifi 6 ready. This means that it is an old chip, based on draft spec, which will have problems with routers, so it is just marketing.
No one here sees what Qualcomm is trying to do? They are trying to push these things before they are even ready and take your money for nothing...
5G trials didn't even started that much. 5G is still in discussion regarding the health impact from mmWave bands. And we are eager to pay money for what? For unfinished hardware, potentially risky for our health?
The **** with them and their 5G BS. No thanks.
If they would really care about consumers, they would cut mmWave bands, since they are already documented to be causing cancer, but hey, money is money...