In temporary: Qualcomm on Tuesday introduced its third-generation 5G modem for cellular gadgets, the Snapdragon X60 5G Modem-RF System – or Snapdragon X60 for brief – and it’s noteworthy for a couple of causes.
Built on a 5nm course of, Qualcomm stated it’s the world’s first 5G Modem-RF System to help spectrum aggregation throughout all key 5G bands and combos together with mmWave and sub-6 through frequency division duplex (FDD) and time division duplex (TDD).
In different phrases, this implies the chip is suitable with a spread of frequency spectrum at the moment being deployed by numerous carriers. It’ll work with speedy mmWave towers in addition to slower however rangier mid-band deployments. Think of it as a “best of both worlds” resolution at a time when carriers are nonetheless determining their long-term plans for 5G networks.
Qualcomm shall be delivery samples to distributors someday this quarter. We can anticipate the X60 to start out displaying up in flagship smartphones in early 2021, the corporate stated.
As Macworld highlights, Qualcomm has Apple squarely in its sights with the brand new X60. Sure, the Cupertino-based firm simply purchased Intel’s cellular modem enterprise however the X60 is a really superior chip and it’s totally seemingly that Apple received’t have the ability to match or beat it in time for the subsequent wave of iPhones. If Apple desires the perfect in its subsequent handset, it could don’t have any alternative however to achieve out to Qualcomm for some assist.