Qualcomm introduced its first Gigabit LTE modem – the Snapdragon X16 LTE , and even before it arrives on a phone, its successor has been unveiled. The organization took the wraps off the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, and it brings faster average and download speeds.

The X20 LTE modem use Samsung’s latest 10nm LPE system and offer a few key upgrades over the X16 LTE modem incorporated into the Snapdragon 835 SoC. First, the X20 profits assist for 5x carrier aggregation (5x20MHz), allowing for extra flexible use of to be had certified and unlicensed spectrum with over one thousand viable carrier aggregation band combinations. It additionally increases the number of usable spatial streams from 10 to twelve via acting 4×4 MIMO on 3 aggregated vendors. those upgrades allow the X20 to assist UE class 18 on the downlink, boosting top theoretical bandwidth to 1.2 Gbps, a 20% development over the X16 LTE modem. Uplink bandwidth remains the same, but, assisting up to a hundred and fifty Mbps with 2x20MHz provider aggregation and 64-QAM.

Qualcomm describes these LTE category 18 speeds as “fibre-like”, but exactly how fast is this modem in real terms?

Well, 1.2 Gigabits of data is equal to 0.15 Gigabytes of data, which is in turn equal to 150 Megabytes. The BBC says that, on average, 60-minute programs downloaded in high quality (1,500kbps encoding) take up about 630MB of space. So with a 1.2Gbps download speed, users would expect to download that show in just over 4 seconds.

Qualcomm has announced support for its Snapdragon 210 for the Android Things platform. This makes Snapdragon 210 with X5 LTE modem the primary to carry help for Android things. For the ones unaware, Android Things is Google’s dedicated OS for all Internet of things gadgets. It become launched closing last yr in December, and now Qualcomm has introduced its processor guide for Android Things with integrated 4G LTE capabilities. The support isn’t available right now , and could arrive someday later in 2017.

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