Snapdragon X65 introduced; The first 5G modem with a speed of 10 Gbps
Qualcomm has unveiled its fourth generation of 5G modems. One is the Snapdragon X65 at 10 Gbps and the other is the cheaper X62.
The two Snapdragon X65 and X62 mobile modems are based on 3GPP Release 16, known as 5G phase two. Interestingly, Qualcomm has focused on updatable architecture; This means that in the future, with software updates, new features will be added to them. We’ve seen something like this in Qualcomm’s upgradable GPUs.
The Snapdragon X65 offers a maximum download speed of 10 Gbps using a whopping 1000 MHz bandwidth. The X62 modem, however, has a top speed of 4.6 Gbps and a bandwidth of 400 MHz; Of course, it still supports both 5G spectra , the sub-6 GHz band (sub-6) and the millimeter wave (mmWave).
The X65 and X62 modems are designed to work with the new QTM545 millimeter wave antenna. This antenna has more transmission power and supports all millimeter wave frequencies; Even the 41st GHz n259 band, which is the latest.
Qualcomm has also developed the first antenna tuning technology with artificial intelligence. This technology is up to 30% more accurate in detecting how the user holds the phone; Which leads to faster speeds, better coverage and longer battery life.
We should also mention 5G PowerSave 2.0, which offers features such as Connected-Mode Wake-Up Signal. This allows the modem to be at rest for longer periods of time and to operate only when needed. This reduces energy consumption by about 10%.
Finally, we come to Smart Transmit 2.0, which improves coverage and speeds up uploads; It also keeps the propagation of radio waves within the allowable range.
Qualcomm has delivered samples of the Snapdragon X65 and X62 to manufacturers. The first phones equipped with these two 5G modems will probably be released in late 2021. Of course, other costs can be expected for them.
According to Qualcomm’s CEO, the Snapdragon X65 will revolutionize the experience of using premium phones; It will also open new doors in the field of IoT, computing, 5G private networks and wireless Internet access. Cristiano Amon described the acquisition of this 10 Gigabit modem as a turning point.