As Qualcomm reportedly prepares for a high-stakes meeting with hostile suitor Broadcom, the leading maker of smartphone modems is predicting 2 Gbps download speeds for smartphones this year. This, in turn, opens the door to better performance than what we have now, though since your network speeds aren't just dependent on the modem in your phone, it might be best not to expect 2Gbps speeds from phones utilizing an X24 at all times. 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. While many service providers have begun working on gigabit LTE in earnest, the faster network still isn't completely deployed nationwide.
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.
When we first got 4G in 2011, 5-10Mbps speeds were common on Verizon's LTE network.
Qualcomm, it would seem, is starting 2018 with a bang.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon X24 LTE modem is said to be the first Category 20 LTE modem to support speeds of up to 2 Gbps. The X24 modem will likely arrive in devices in consumers' hands around the same time as the first 5G phones will, making it a key part of a hopefully smooth transition in 2019.
So 5G NR will enable very fast smartphones and later always connected 5G NR PCs, IoT 4.0 connected 5G industry and many other aspects.
It hits such download speeds by aggregating up to seven carrier bands and offering 4x4 multiple-input and multiple-output or MIMO antenna arrays that can connect up to five aggregated LTE carriers to enable up to 20 LTE streams at once, essentially tapping into a much larger range of available spectrum bands. "We're excited to demonstrate these advancements at Mobile World Congress and showcase how our technologies are created to expand the reach of 5G NR to new industries, new deployment and business models, and new ecosystem participants".
As the world's first commercially announced Category 20 LTE modem supporting download speeds up to 2 Gbps, the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem delivers 2x the speed of the Company's first generation Gigabit LTE modem.
System capacity is further improved through support of Full Dimension MIMO, a form of massive MIMO that is foundational to 5G, reports Qualcomm.
With the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem's fiber-like Internet speeds delivered wirelessly, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can offer consumers incredible mobile experiences such as immersive 360-degree video, connected cloud computing, rich entertainment and instant apps.