Qualcomm’s X24 modem can reach speeds of 2 Gbps or about half the maximum speed of its current 5G modem. Today, Qualcomm announced its newest LTE modem for smartphones, the Snapdragon X24 which will enable 2 Gbps LTE speeds.
The X24 functions using 7x carrier aggregation, connecting seven different 20MHz slices of radio spectrum. Connection to the entire range of spectrum bands to carriers would improve overall performance. The modem also supports 4×4 MIMO on five carriers which can also achieve a theoretical maximum of 20 concurrent LTE streams.
Just as that modem was embedded into the Snapdragon 845 chipset revealed in December, it looks that Qualcomm will integrate the new X24 in its next premium mobile chip, which is expected to power upcoming smartphones.
Through the development of the X24, the company is moving the 4G experience forward as the 5G is coming for the next two years. In the initial days of 5G networks, coverage will be quite limited, so it seems like Qualcomm is taking the advance move.
“Not a lot of operators have seven carriers,” director of product marketing for modems at Qualcomm, Sherif Hanna, said. “But what they do have is four or five, and now they can use those and add LAA as well on top of it,” Hanna said.
The X24 will be launched by the end of 2018. In addition, we will also see the first 5G devices. Qualcomm’s X24 modem can reach speeds of 2 Gbps and the goal is to feature Snapdragon chipset in phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 sometime in the end of 2018.