Qualcomm's new X24 LTE modem can reach a ridiculously fast 2 gbps

The Snapdragon X24 LTE modem has started sampling to customers

The Snapdragon X24 LTE modem has started sampling to customers

That's the promise of Qualcomm's latest LTE chip: the Snapdragon X24, which the company says is capable of hitting blazing-fast download speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second. "We were the first network operator in the world to enable 1 Gbps LTE on a commercial mobile network and we are pleased to be working with Qualcomm Technologies, Ericsson and NETGEAR to leverage these network investments to develop the world's first 2 Gbps LTE live demonstration to meet the ever-growing demand for data and speed from our customers". The most advanced networks only offer three aggregated LTE carriers at the moment, so would struggle to get close to such a nippy download speed.

"As evidenced by our work with these distinguished OEMs from around the globe and as we demonstrated in 3G and 4G LTE, Qualcomm Technologies is utilizing our deep expertise and technology leadership to support the successful launch of 5G NR, driving innovation in the mobile ecosystem", said Alex Katouzian, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Mobile of Qualcomm Technologies.

The X24, which is the world's first modem built on a 7nm FinFET manufacturing process, supports Category 20 LTE with 7X carrier aggregation and 4×4 MIMO on a maximum of five aggregated LTE carriers.

That's a lot of jargon, but here's the key takeaway: the X24 can sustain high peak download speeds even on congested networks. This, in turn, opens the door to better performance than what we have now, though since your network speeds aren't just dependent on the modem in your phone, it might be best not to expect 2Gbps speeds from phones utilizing an X24 at all times.

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Carriers will continue to upgrade 4G LTE networks at the same time they spin up their first 5G networks, which is the X24's main selling point as an in-betweener. Today Qualcomm announced its newest LTE modem for smartphones ahead of Mobile World Congress.

System capacity is further improved through support of Full Dimension MIMO, a form of massive MIMO that is foundational to 5G, reports Qualcomm. In the uplink, Snapdragon X24 supports Category 20 upload speeds, 3×20 MHz CA and up to 256-QAM. The X24 is Qualcomm's eighth-generation LTE modem altogether and the company's third-gen Gigabit LTE unit.

It said equipment manufacturers will benefit from using the chip by offering 360-degree video, cloud computing, entertainment and "instant apps" on their devices.

Well, apart from OnePlus, other OEMs like ASUS, HMD Global, HTC, LG, OPPO, Sony, Vivo and Xiaomi too have teamed up with Qualcomm for use of their Snapdragon X50 5G modem in their devices. Operators will also be able to use their spectrum more efficiently while delivering high speeds to consumers.

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