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Qualcomm announces 5G X65 modem for upcoming phones


Qualcomm has announced the latest Snapdragon X65 5G modem, last year's Snapdragon X60 successor, which has just begun access to devices as part of the Snapdragon 888 chipset.

In addition to the X65 5G, the company has announced a wide range of 5G products to help manufacturers deliver significantly faster data speeds and enable new use across their next-generation devices.

The product list includes a Snapdragon X62 5G modem, a new mmWave unit, a range of new rf front-end solutions, and more.

Qualcomm pledges that the new 4G X65 5G modem will offer much higher download speeds, supporting speeds of up to 10Gbps across both independent and non-independent 5G networks, making it the first RF modem to reach these speeds.

The new top download speed of 10 Gbps is higher than 7.5 Gbps in last year's model.

The X65 5G is also the first modem to support Release 16 of 3GPP 5G NR, the second set of specifications aimed at promoting the worldwide expansion and deployment of 5G NR.

The modem also features an upgradeable architecture, allowing the company to add the proposed new features in 3GPP Release 16 to be quickly released via software updates.

This is called the launch of the second phase of 5G designed to improve things, such as: massive MIMO connectivity, power consumption, and more.

Release 16 of 3GPP also aims to help 5G networks expand from consumer to more commercial uses, thanks to better support for unlicensed spectrum and non-public networks.

In addition to the new modem system, Qualcomm also announces Qualcomm 545 mmWave, a fourth-generation mmWave antenna.

Qualcomm 545 mmWave maintains the same size as the 3G model, but adds higher transmission power, along with full range support for global mmWave frequencies.

Qualcomm offers what it calls a synthetic intelligence antenna adjustment technology, which promises to provide significant leaps in performance thanks to AI-enabled settings.

Qualcomm says the new system is 30 percent more accurate in detecting how you hold your phone in your hand, allowing it to deliver improved connectivity, faster data speeds, and better battery life by using a more efficient connection.

It's likely to be some time before the X65 5G reaches any device, so it may not even appear next year's flagship Snapdragon processor version, which is due to be announced in December.

Snapdragon X65 5G is expected to be launched in products in late 2021.