It also uses advanced massive MIMO and Licensed Assisted Access tech to help achieve these figures.
Those numbers represent the fastest your phone could possibly download data, but that's not what you'll realistically get each time you go online. Or really, anything close to it. We'll be sure to check it out for ourselves then to see if these theoretical speeds bear out in the real world. It expects the first devices to be powered by the chipset by the end of this year. Which, I think we can agree, are both desirable.
That standard, Hanna explained, supports an overlay for 4G LTE networks to get decent data rates into users' hands before networks are fully 5G-ready. Qualcomm wasn't really offering us many details here, but my takeaway is that it's going to be down to the choices of its carrier and handset partners to decide which chip is the best fit for them. Wait until you try 5G. In the initial days of 5G networks, coverage will be quite limited, so it seems like Qualcomm is taking the advance move.
Following the world's first 1Gbps speeds demonstration in November 2015 and the first commercial Gigabit LTE network launch in January 2017, this latest technology breakthrough accelerates joint efforts by Ericsson, Telstra, Qualcomm Technologies and NETGEAR to deliver the world's leading Gigabit LTE network, paving the way for increased capability and performance on the journey towards 5G.
It's not a true 5G chip though, with the firm's already announced X50 chip capable of speeds up to 5Gbps, but it's likely to arrive in phones later than the X24.
This is all, of course, speculation. For more details, check out the press release below. And while most of us have marveled at the 10nm manufacturing process that is used for today's flagship smartphones, the Snapdragon X24 is built on a new 7nm FinFET process.
In the meantime, Qualcomm's freshly announced X24 LTE modem will support 2 gigabit-per-second speeds, the first of its kind to do so.
The Snapdragon X24 LTE modem delivers 2x the speed of the company's first generation Gigabit LTE modem.
On the part of uplink support, the Snapdragon X24 has three carrier aggregation at a frequency of 20MHz, two LTE streams at maximum speeds of 106Mbps, and up to 256-QAM. This unprecedented feature set is created to allow devices that feature the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem to utilize all spectrum assets available from a mobile operator, whether in licensed spectrum, or with License Assisted Access (LAA). Interestingly, the X24 also supports GNSS for even more accurate positioning (if GPS fails, GNSS will pick up a fix from other systems such as GLONASS or Galileo).
Smartphone OEMs can use this new model in their devices to offer consumers incredible mobile experiences such as immersive 360-degree video, connected cloud computing, rich entertainment and instant apps.
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