The largest chipset manufacturer Qualcomm has recently introduced its new Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family. Now that the 5G technology is unveiled, various smartphone companies are planning to launch the 5G modem enabled smartphones in the market. It is further confirmed that the telecom providers will start their trial on the 5G networks very soon.
Qualcomm Says that more than a dozen OEMs are trying to link up with their company to integrate the new X50 5G NR modem into the smartphones. This 5G modem enabled devices may hit the market somewhere in 2019. The Chinese brand Vivo confirms the launch of such handset in the near future.
Some of the smartphone OEMs that are working on to incorporate this 5G enabled modem are Asus, HMD Global (Nokia), HTC, LG, Fujitsu Limited, Sony Mobile, Telit, Vivo, Wingtech, WNC, Xiaomi, NETGEAR, OPPO, Fujitsu Connected Technologies Limited, Sierra Wireless, Inseego/Novatel Wireless, NetComm Wireless, Sharp Corporation, and ZTE. Surprisingly, the South Korean giant-Samsung along with the tech giant Apple and the Chinese smartphone manufacturer- Huawei are not on the list. However, Samsung has announced to have a partnership with Qualcomm to accomplish 5G technology in futuristic smartphones.
The Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem chipset can have several Gigabits of download speeds. This highly capable chipset was unveiled in October 2017 and may hit the market commercially in 2019.
Talking about the same, Alex katouzian, Senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies says, "Qualcomm Technologies is deeply committed to helping our customers deliver next-generation 5G mobile experiences to consumers, which requires enhanced mobile broadband 5G NR connectivity enabled by 5G NR networks, mobile devices, and the Snapdragon X50 5G modem. As evidenced by our work with these distinguished OEMs from around the globe and as we demonstrated in 3G and 4G LTE, Qualcomm Technologies is utilizing our deep expertise and technology leadership to support the successful launch of 5G NR, driving innovation in the mobile ecosystem."
The 5G smartphones that pair up with Snapdragon X50 allow the user to login directly to public Wi-Fi. They operate at ultrafast download speeds with a high-speed browsing and high-quality video and voice calling.
Recently, the HTC handset which was rumored to be HTC U12 with 5G support was showcased in an event that delivered the download speeds of 809.58Mbps. Qualcomm is even planning to bring in this innovative and advanced 5G connectivity to other devices like PCs and VR.