Qualcomm has launched the Snapdragon X55 5G baseband chip, which is the second generation of the X50 5G baseband chip. Qualcomm is planning to offer this new modem to partners in the coming months, and the first devices equipped with this modem is expected to be available before the end of this year.
Qualcomm’s move is seen as being proactive as mobile phone manufacturers are yet to release smartphones to the market with the first generation 5G chip.
Snapdragon X55 5G vs X50 5G
The main feature of the second generation 5G Snapdragon X55 is that its maximum download speed can reach 7Gbps, while the previous generation X50 has a maximum download speed of 5Gbps, which is almost 40% improvement. However, because of the interference factors such as geography, radio interference, and spectrum, this chip is unlikely to see anything close to these theoretical limits in the real world.
In addition to smartphones, Qualcomm claims that the flexibility of the X55 should make it more suitable for a wider range of devices. Although the X50 is tailored for smartphones and Wi-Fi hotspots, Qualcomm has spent more time adjusting the X55’s architecture to a wider range of devices.