Qualcomm’s new 3rd gen Snapdragon X60 5G modem is a tiny game changer

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X60 5G Modem-RF System
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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X60 5G Modem-RF System, announced on Tuesday, is the company’s 3rd generation 5G solution, built to achieve more networks and blazing fast, low-latency 5G.

Blazing fast 5G

The Snapdragon X60 is unique, as it's the first 5G modem built on a 5nm node, which means it's developed using process technology of 5 nanometers, or nm, resulting in a tiny footprint. The new modem enables blazing fast 5G speeds of up to 7.5 Gbps download, and 3Gbps upload speeds. And the Snapdragon X60 features extensive support for mmWave and sub-6 spectrum aggregation, and advanced modem-RF technologies optimise transmit and receive paths, bringing cutting-edge real-world throughputs and latency.

Future-ready 5G phones

The addition of global multi-SIM allows for future-ready 5G phones. And the Snapdragon X60 supports every available 5G network, taking advantage of each 5G carrier's advancements, for the fastest 5G experience possible. The modem also comes with a new Voice-over-NR feature, for standalone high-quality voice service over 5G.

The new modem works on both TDD and FDD networks and supports 4G LTE as well as legacy 3G and 2G bands, like it’s 2nd generation predecessor, the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System. The extensive deployment options including mmW-sub6 aggregation, sub-6 carrier aggregation across TDD and FDD, along with Dynamic Spectrum Sharing enable the Snapdragon X60 to enable wider, more reliable and stable indoor and outdoor 5G. Furthermore, the world’s first 5nm 5G baseband and a tightly integrated modem-RF system, allows it to do so with excellent power efficiency.

Qualcomm says that 5G phones featuring Snapdragon X60 are expected to launch in early 2021.

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Rachael Sharpe

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