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Qualcomm Reveals 5G Reference Phones, Snapdragon 636 and More

Qualcomm made a number of announcements recently, they revealed the new Snapdragon 636 SoC for midrange smartphones, they tested 5G speed bands on the X50 modem successfully and revealed reference model phones for testing 5G by third party phone manufacturers.

Qualcomm’s vision towards 5G became a few steps closer to reality, as the company announced completion of first 5G connection test, on a mobile device. Qualcomm used the X50 5G mode, that was announced an year ago.

Additionally they announced their first reference design of 5G smartphone, that will use 5G modems. The design is 9mm thick with edge to edge display and will be used to test 5G modems, radios and smartphone makeover for the next year, since the release of 5G phones will take place in first half of 2019.

Qualcomm also announced a series of components that will make it easier for device manufacturers to support the 600MHz spectrum from T-Mobile. Currently, only LG V30 supports it, but within a year more phones will start supporting it as well.

Lastly, the Snapdragon 636 announcement, it’s a 14nm chip and supports ultrawide FHD+ display with up to 24 mega pixel camera and performs 40% faster than its ancestor, the Snapdragon 630. Bandwidth will support 600Mbps LTE connections on X12 4G LTE modem.

Qualcomm will be shipping the Snapdragon 636 to its customers this November, for testing and smartphone development. Therefore it will take a year or so before it shows up in a smartphone. Looks like both the Snapdragon 636 and the X50 modem will be the future of upcoming smartphones.

With enhanced compatibility, data processing and large bandwidth support this might be the answer to High speed fiber connections. Although wirelessly. Possibly no more video buffering times,  faster downloading and 4K streaming. Best of all, all of this in a smartphone that supports 4K display.