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Qualcomm 5G smartphone: The future is here

These days, we are hearing a lot about 5G networks and many smartphone manufacturers as well as other companies are working on the development of this technology.

While developments are happening, analysts and experts have predicted that the fifth generation (5G) of mobile networks will be standardized only by 2020 and chip manufacturer Qualcomm has taken a major step towards it.

First of all, let’s find out what is 5G? 5G is fifth-generation wireless broadband technology based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard. The technologies which are going to be used in 5G are still being defined. Mostly, 5G networks will be using a type of encoding called OFDM, similar to the one used in 4G LTE. 5G networks will be much smaller and smarter, compared to any previous systems.

Specifications of the 5G network:

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has decided the following specifications of the fifth generation of mobile networks.

  • the total download capacity for a single 5G mobile cell must be at least 20Gbps
  • The incoming 5G standard must also support up to 1 million connected devices per square kilometer
  • the standard will require carriers to have at least 100 MHz of free spectrum, scaling up to 1GHz where feasible.

The 5G Smartphone

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A Twitter user named Sherif Hanna has tweeted a photo of the world’s first 5G smartphone on the microblogging platform. Hanna is the Marketing Lead for LTE and 5G NR Modems for Qualcomm.

His Tweet simply states – “Hard to believe that I have the world’s first 5G smartphone in my hand!

According to Digit, the image is basically of Qualcomm’s first mmWave 5G reference design and not the actual unit. This smartphone has been specifically designed to test and make necessary optimizations to the 5G mmWave performance.

5G will not only enable better usage of smartphones, but it will also start the era of driverless smart cars and smart homes. In the smartphone sector, the biggest change will be in the field of AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality)

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During the 2017 Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit, the company announced that with Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem, the company was successfully able to achieve a 5G data connection on a 5G modem chipset for mobile devices.

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At the same event, Qualcomm launched a new line of mid-range mobile processors starting with Snapdragon 636. The processor makes use of the Qualcomm Kryo 260 CPU,
which will increase the performance of the device as compared to the Snapdragon 630. It has eight Kryo 260 cores made using 14nm FinFet process and supports X12 LTE.

Snapdragon 636

Snapdragon 636 specifications:

  • 600 Mbps download speed
  • 150 Mbps upload speed
  • can support up to 24 MP cameras along with zooming and auto-focusing capabilities
  • supports display up to FHD+ with 18:9 aspect ratio
  • supports up to 8GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • Quick Charge 4.0

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