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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.


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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