Smartphones to Be Powered by 5G-Enabled Qualcomm SoCs in 2019

By Nitish Singh / July 23, 2018

5G technology is coming to smartphones sooner than expected with Qualcomm set to release its new mobile SoCs for smartphones next year. Analysts predicted the technology to globally roll commercially in 2020, but if Qualcomm is able to deliver on its promises, we can expect blistering fast connectivity in the near future.

Qualcomm unveiled what they claim to be the "First fully-integrated 5G NR mmWave and sub-6 GHz RF modules for smartphones and other mobile devices” today. Up to four of these modules can be included in smartphones for connectivity. The Snapdragon QPM56xx sub-6 GHz radio frequency (RF) 5G module will be making it into flagship smartphones from popular brands along with the previously announced X50module starting 2019.

The mmWaves technology works by tapping into millimeter waves, but the biggest challenge of 5G technology is overcoming interference. Any object coming in between the receiver and transmitter can disrupt the waves including users' hands.

Qualcomm seeks to solve the issue by including four multi-directional 5G modules, and the system will automatically swap to the module with the least interference. Qualcomm believes that the method will allow them to minimize signal interference and bring 5G technology to the masses very soon to replace 4G LTE networks.

The chipset manufacturer stated that many Android phone manufacturers including Samsung, HTC, Sony, Xiaomi, and LG seek to release 5G-enabled phones powered by Qualcomm at the first-half of 2019. Samples of the new chipset have already been sent to device partners and manufacturers.

Also, they will be working with Qualcomm to resolve any signal interference issues that can be caused during daily usage. Qualcomm believes that the technology is ready for large-scale commercialization and it won’t be too long until smartphone users have access to blazing fast internet on-the-go.

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