Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 doubles down on Gigabit LTE

Posted February 14, 2018

"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", said Serge Willenegger, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G and Industrial IOT, Qualcomm Wireless.

The new modem supports 7x carrier aggregation on its downlink and 4x4 MIMO on up to five aggregated LTE carriers. At the beginning, as carriers start to roll out their 5G networks, 4G LTE is going to still be important for many mobile users.

The new modem follows the 1.2Gbps X20, which is the modem in the Samsung Galaxy S9's Snapdragon 845 chipset.

Serge Willenegger, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G and Industrial IOT, Qualcomm Wireless GmbH, said the Snapdragon X24 packs a powerful array of the most advanced 4G LTE technologies commercially available which will help mobile operators fully mobilize their spectrum assets and maximize the capacity of their networks.

If you're thinking how the Snapdragon X24 will be of use in emerging markets such as India and China, Qualcomm has provided multi-SIM support with LTE dual-SIM, dual-standby (DSDS)+LAA feature as well as dual-SIM, dual-VoLTE (DSDV) functionality. On Wednesday, Qualcomm took the wraps off the X24, a new LTE modem that supports download speeds of up to 2Gbps.

All that speed means blisteringly fast mobile connections for streaming and other online activity; we'd imagine porn aficionados could get hold of some much grot that they'd break themselves.

The modem is Qualcomm's eighth generation LTE multi-mode modem - multi-mode meaning it is capable of supporting multiple wireless generations.

Above: Real world speeds provided by the Snapdragon X50 5G modem.

Following the world's first 1Gbps speeds demonstration in November 2015 and the first commercial Gigabit LTE network launch in January 2017, this latest technology breakthrough accelerates joint efforts by Ericsson, Telstra, Qualcomm Technologies and NETGEAR to deliver the world's leading Gigabit LTE network, paving the way for increased capability and performance on the journey towards 5G.

In the uplink, the X24 supports Category 20 upload speeds, 3x20MHz CA and up to 256 QAM encoding. And while most of us have marveled at the 10nm manufacturing process that is used for today's flagship smartphones, the Snapdragon X24 is built on a new 7nm FinFET process.

Qualcomm says its fibre-like data speeds enhance burgeoning data-heavy cellular activities like immersive 360-degree video, connected cloud computing and instant apps.

Well, apart from OnePlus, other OEMs like ASUS, HMD Global, HTC, LG, OPPO, Sony, Vivo and Xiaomi too have teamed up with Qualcomm for use of their Snapdragon X50 5G modem in their devices.