OnePlus teams up with Qualcomm to launch 5G device in 2019

OnePlus teams up with Qualcomm to launch 5G device in 2019

Or really, anything close to it. We'll be sure to check it out for ourselves then to see if these theoretical speeds bear out in the real world.

That standard, Hanna explained, supports an overlay for 4G LTE networks to get decent data rates into users' hands before networks are fully 5G-ready. This is probably even more significant, as guess what, you need upload to send your video clips from your favorite concert or a sporting arena, and boast about it on your favorite social channel. Fudzilla pointed out that it will all be about the average speeds and the fact that faster download for performance users can speed up the complete carrier network experience. Which, I think we can agree, are both desirable.

Samsung will likely cut its ties with Qualcomm this year and just use its Exynos chipset. The X24 modem won't make it into a smartphone until 2019, so no: you won't be seeing this thing in your shiny new Snapdragon 845 device. Qualcomm wasn't really offering us many details here, but my takeaway is that it's going to be down to the choices of its carrier and handset partners to decide which chip is the best fit for them. While many service providers have begun working on gigabit LTE in earnest, the faster network still isn't completely deployed nationwide. After all, why pay for the fancy 5G modem (which will nearly certainly come at a hefty cost premium) if you don't need it? Interestingly, Chinese phone manufacturer Vivo was one of the first to confirm that they will be coming up with a smartphone carrying the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem next year.

This is all, of course, speculation. With this, Qualcomm also revealed a list of 18 OEMs who will be using the x50 modem and 5G technology in their upcoming hardware. For more details, check out the press release below.


X24-based phones that also have 5G modems will, ideally, smoothly ramp up and down between fast LTE and early 5G networks without experiencing the sort of "speed cliff" you feel when you drop from 4G LTE to EDGE, for instance. It will be demonstrated live with Ericsson, Telstra, and Netgear at the Mobile World Congress.

Serge Willenegger, SVP and General Manager, 4G/5G and Industrial IOT, Qualcomm Wireless GmbH, said: "As the world's first announced Gigabit LTE modem to achieve speeds of up to 2GBps, the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem sets a major mobile industry milestone, created to provide enhanced mobile broadband and deliver an extremely important gigabit coverage layer for commercial 5G networks and mobile devices that are expected to start launching in 2019".

The Snapdragon X24 also offers a glimpse of our 5G future, where the internet connection to our smartphones and other connected devices is faster, more stable and available in more places. The announcement also beats Intel's XMM7060 modem, scheduled for mid-2019, which will support 1.6Gbps. That's twice as fast as Qualcomm's original Gigabit LTE modem, leveraging 7 times carrier aggregation and 4×4 MIMO on up to five LTE carriers for a total of 20 concurrent spatial LTE streams. That will rely not only on licensed spectrum, but on carriers using Wi-Fi airwaves to transmit LTE data, which is called Licensed Assisted Access or LAA.

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