Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System for smartphones and mobile computing devices. It’s the company’s fourth-generation 5G modem, and the first one to potentially breach 10 Gbps speeds.
After Snapdragon X50, X55, and X60, Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon X65 5G Modem. However, alongside the X65, the company is also offering Snapdragon X62 5G Modem-RF System, which is an improvement over the Snapdragon X52. The X52 is included in the Snapdragon 765G chipset and is intended for mid-range Android smartphones.
Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System Specifications, Features:
There are multiple benefits of the Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System. However, Qualcomm is stressing the ability to achieve never-before-experienced speeds of up to 10 Gbps. Needless to add, none of the average smartphone users have ever been able to get anywhere close to 1 Gbps speeds. While the speeds are better in open spaces, the situation deteriorates rapidly while indoors.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System is the first 3GPP release 16 modem-RF system. Speaking about the new 5G modem, Cristiano Amon, president, and CEO-elect, Qualcomm Incorporated said:
“The 5G transition presents the biggest opportunity for Qualcomm as mobile technology is poised to benefit virtually every industry. We are reaching a significant milestone with the Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System, unleashing connectivity up to 10 Gigabits per second and support for the latest 5G specifications that will play a critical role in enabling new 5G use cases not only for redefined premium smartphone experiences but also opening a new realm of possibilities for 5G expansion across mobile broadband, compute, XR, industrial IoT, 5G private networks and fixed wireless access.”
— Utsav Techie (@utsavtechie) February 9, 2021
Qualcomm has also indicated that the Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System has an “upgradable architecture”. This means Qualcomm can send across software or firmware patches that unlock new 3GPP Release 16 features as and when they are developed and approved.
Coming to the actual hardware of the Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System, it packs the company’s new 545 fourth-gen mmWave antenna module. This new antenna supports higher transmit power and also adds the new n259 (41GHz) band.
Introducing our 2nd-gen #5G Fixed Wireless Access Platform, powered by the #Snapdragon X65 Modem-RF System with #mmWave and sub-6 GHz. This innovation will accelerate the rollout of fixed internet for businesses and homes. #WhatsNextIn5G
— Qualcomm (@Qualcomm) February 9, 2021
In addition to the powerful antenna, Qualcomm says that it’s using AI for antenna tuning. This should help in increasing the accuracy of detecting hand grips. The current-generation mmWaves can’t go through obstacles. Hence, the AI could selectively activate unobstructed areas of the antenna for better reception.
Additionally, the Snapdragon X65 includes other things like PowerSave 2.0 and Smart Transmit 2.0. The Smart Transmit reportedly helps in increasing upload speeds. It is amply clear that Qualcomm is trying hard to boost the uplink speeds. This is because smartphones are rapidly approaching multi-gigabit speeds for downlink, and hence, the uplink will have to catch up and not lag significantly.
When Will smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System and 10 Gbps Speeds Arrive?
The mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon X62 and the premium Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF Systems are already under active trials. In fact. Qualcomm has confirmed that these new 5G modem chipsets are being trailed by customers or smartphone OEMs.
This means smartphones with these new chipsets could arrive this year itself. However, 5G mobile connectivity is still experimental and certainly not mainstream. Hence, even if customers acquire smartphones with the new 5G modems, they should not expect gigabit speeds overnight.