Qualcomm’s current Snapdragon X65 is already a pretty robust modem which offers higher bandwith 5G connectivity. However, it looks like Qualcomm has already revealed it’s new Snapdragon X70 Modem which will be integrated along with it’s upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC.
Qualcomm is betting big on its AI capabilities from some time now and this really shows as the X70 will be world’s first 5G modem with an integrated AI processor. Qualcomm claims that the new AI processor makes the X70 better at mmWave beam management, network selection as well as antenna tuning which leads to a better coverage and link strength.
Although, the new Snapdragon X70 delivers the same 10 Gigabit speeds as the Snapdragon X65. The new modem offers many new features including global 5G support for frequencies ranging from 600 MHz to 41 GHz, 4x downlink carrier aggregation, switched uplink with link speeds as his gh as 3.5Gbps, along with mmWave/sub-6 5G aggregation.
Apart from improved connectivity Qualcomm’s latest chip uses the smaller 4nm node, latest PowerSave Gen 3, paired with AI antenna tuning. This allows the Snapdragon X70 to dynamically optimize 5G connections in various environments to provide improved power efficiency, which will allow smartphones to last longer while connected, something that has been a major issue since the inception of 5G networks.
Availability wise, Qualcomm is expected to start shipping the samples of the Snapdragon X70 to its commercial customers in the second half of 2022, whereas X70-equipped devices are set to launch by late 2022, and will carry the company’s new Snapdragon Connect branding.
Nevertheless, it looks like Qualcomm is and will be at the top of its game for the foreseeable future or atleast untill MediaTek catches on with it, whatever the case is we are very excited to see what the future of networking holds for us.
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