Qualcomm launched their new Snapdragon X55 5G chip in the market. The 5G modem from the company is ready to ship for the new smartphones providing 5G network capacity. The Modem works on the 2G,3G,4G, and Ultrafast 5G networks. Although the 5G infrastructure is not available anywhere on the planet, the smartphone makers are prepping to support the 5G network in their smartphones. The chip was expected from the company, and today we got the first look of it as they lifted the veil.
The 7 nanometers, the multimode processor, is capable of supporting the 5G cellular carriers without any issues. This is the second network processor from the company that supports 5G network architecture. The first one supports multiple networks at once but doesn’t have backward compatibility. Snapdragon X55 processor is made for the cellular-locked smartphones and not for the unlocked devices. The chip only supports a single cellular carrier and can’t be changed. The predecessor supports multiple networks and can be used with various carriers. The predecessor processor Snapdragon X50 supports only 5G network, and the smartphone manufacturers would have to add another modem to support 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE networks.
The Snapdragon X50 network modem was launched two years ago but never made to the smartphones, as the network is not yet live for all. Cellular companies are building infrastructure to provide 5G services, and the smartphone makers want to be ready when the 5G network goes live. The X55 brings support for all of the networks so that the smartphone manufacturers can get one chip for all uses. Currently, the only 5G supported a phone that is coming in the market will be Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series devices. The company will release those smartphones in the market in the event which is scheduled for tomorrow.