Qualcomm 5G
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Qualcomm
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Qualcomm is stepping up to provide the world's future smartphones with a faster, more powerful, and more efficient 5G network connectivity with the Snapdragon X60 modem-RF system. The Qualcomm X60's 5G modems would debut with next year's first batch of smartphones that will utilize the technology.

Qualcomm 5G
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Last year, the first talks about 5G hitting the markets of 2020's smartphone releases, and the year surely did not disappoint with new releases from technology companies. Xiaomi, Huawei, Samsung, OnePlus, Sony, and more are already using Qualcomm's 5G technology modem from 2019.

However, the technology that present smartphones use is an older version of Qualcomm's Snapdragon, and that is the X55 modem that debuted in 2019. Earlier this year, the semiconductor and multinational company released the future's 5G network connection with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 modem-RF system.

According to The Verge, Qualcomm's X60 was immediately dropped when 5G started to build up in the technologies market and the public's interest. The San Diego-based company's next 5G modem promises better performance than its predecessor that received positive reviews and high-praises from tech critics.

The X60 is a subtle leap from the X55 as it promises tons of systems upgrade that will improve its integration with future smartphones. The predecessors X50 and X55 brought the world its first look at better carrier connectivity with the first-generation 5G technology for the whole world.

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Qualcomm X60: Future of 5G Smartphones

Qualcomm
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Qualcomm says that X60 will "raise the global 5G performance bar" as the most advanced modem-RF system technology for the next-generation connection. The X60 is a "third-generation" solution for the 5G technology in the world that elevates the unparalleled performance of the current network connectivity standards.

The X60 brings improvement to a smartphone's better battery life, connection speeds, and overall performance. Qualcomm boasts of the new sub-6GHz and mmWave aggregation that is purposely combined to give a more reliable connection speed using the 5G.

Additionally, the 5nm processing node packs higher power efficiency while having a smaller footprint on the technology. The sub-carrier aggregation of the 6GHz configuration also helps networks "maximize their spectrum resources" for coverage and peak speeds.

The 5G SA connections that would be compatible with Qualcomm's X60 also helps networks to double peak speeds, something that the X55 did not have during its release. Moreover, X60's antenna module, QTM535, would be smaller than the past versions to offer a "sleek" mmWave smartphone design.

Qualcomm X60 vs. X55: Is it Actually Better?

Qualcomm says that the X60 is the future's 5G connection and would fare better on the growing technology currently establishing in the world. The X60 is the rightful technology to connect to the world's evolving network connectivity, especially with the 5G.

The X55 modem-RF system is a powerful second-generation technology for the 5G. However, it lacks the 5nm processor node and carrier aggregation technology that sets the X60 apart. While most 2020 smartphones sport the X55, it is still reliable but will drastically drain the battery on prolonged use.

The third-generation X60 aims to address everything that the X55 lacked and failed on. Despite the subtle improvements, Qualcomm's X60 is the answer to improving a smartphone's capabilities and features for better overall performance.

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