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Qualcomm announces 5G design wins for Snapdragon X50 modem

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon X50 modem wins major design wins, will hit smartphones in 2019.

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Anthony Garreffa
Published Thu, Feb 8 2018 6:37 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

Qualcomm dominated the 4G modem game getting LTE technology inside of virtually every smartphone on the market, and now the company is going to be even more dominant when it comes to mobile technologies next big thing: 5G.

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Qualcomm announced that its super-fast Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family has received support by a bunch of OEMs, with these companies launching 5G-based products next year, with trials beginning later this year.

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Qualcomm announced partnerships with the likes of ASUS, Nokia, HTC, LG, Netcomm, Netgear, OPPO, Samsung, Xiaomi, ZTE, and others on the hardware side. As for the 5G ecosystem on the telco side, Qualcomm is teaming with AT&T, China Mobile, T-Mobile, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, Verizon, and many more.

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The very first 5G-capable devices will already be leaps and bounds faster, supporting up to 2Gbps depending on the carrier. Once 5G matures we can expect to see blistering connectivity rates of up to 5Gbps, which is really going to take things to the next level.

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The shift to 5G will take a load off of 4G LTE networks, making them faster, so it's really a win-win situation.

Patrick Moorhead, Founder, President & Principal Analyst of Moor Insights & Strategy reached out to me and provided me with the following insight into Qualcomm's push with 5G: "Qualcomm's "shock and awe" approach with 37 carriers and OEMs was good as it let everyone in the market who was doubting 5G in 2019 a reason to believe. Android phones and access points will be there in 2019 but Apple iPhones are a big question mark".

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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