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Qualcomm's new 5G modems are ready for next-gen smartphones

Qualcomm's world first fully-integrated 5G NR mmWave and sub-6GHz RF modules unveiled

By: Anthony Garreffa from Jul 23, 2018 @ 20:33 CDT

Qualcomm is a company like no other, the US-based technology giant doesn't sleep in its quest for connecting every human being on the planet with teh fastest mobile connectivity possible, and today is no different.

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Enter the new world's "first fully-integrated 5G NR mmWave and sub-6GHz RF modules for smartphone and other mobile devices". It's super-small, with the QTM052 mmWave antenna module family and the QPM56xx sub-6GHz RF module that will be joined with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem that will be powering next generation smartphones.

This might not sound like much, but when I talked to Qualcomm about this last week they said that until now, a working mobile mmWave solution was not possible. It hasn't happened, and wasn't close - and somehow, with most likely dark magic and lots of Redbull, they've pulled it off - 5G will become a reality in 2019.

Qualcomm's new 5G NR mmWave technology is already being pushed out to customers now, with 5G millimeter phones in testing labs as we speak, with commercial 5G-capable devices to ship to consumers in the first half of 2019.

I think we'll see Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S10 or foldable Galaxy S10 with Qualcomm's tasty-fast 5G modem inside of it unveiled early next year, and the first flagship smartphone to market capable of 5G. We'll see soon enough.

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