Qualcomm Announces 10 Gigabit 5G Modem

Posted on February 9, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Mobile with 4 Comments

Mobile chipset maker Qualcomm today announced the 4th-generation Snapdragon X65, which it describes as the world’s first 10 gigabit 5G modem.

“The 5G transition presents the biggest opportunity for Qualcomm as mobile technology is poised to benefit virtually every industry,” Qualcomm president and CEO-elect Cristiano Amon said. “We are reaching a significant milestone with the Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System, unleashing connectivity up to 10 Gigabits per second and support for the latest 5G specifications that will play a critical role in enabling new 5G use cases not only for redefined premium smartphone experiences, but also opening a new realm of possibilities for 5G expansion across mobile broadband, compute, XR, industrial IoT, 5G private networks and fixed wireless access.”

Qualcomm describes the Snapdragon X65 as its “biggest leap in 5G solutions since the commercialization of its first modem-RF system.” And that it is testing Snapdragon X65 with its hardware partners and expects to see the first devices in 2021.

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4 responses to “Qualcomm Announces 10 Gigabit 5G Modem”

  1. chrisrut


  2. retcable

    These announcements from Qualcomm would be much more meaningful if ANY cellphone carrier provided data service ANYWHERE that came close to what these, and all previously produced, modems were capable of. The simple fact remains that none do, and none ever have offered data service anywhere that could take advantage of the full capabilities of the hardware in the phones they were and are selling to customers. Where I live there is no 5G service, either low-band, mid-band, or millimeter-wave from AT&T, Verizon, or US Cellular. US Cellular doesn't even offer service here. T-Mobile does offer low-band 5G, but the data rates are far below what they offer on LTE and even those LTE data rates don't come anywhere close to what LTE is capable of.

    So in the end, what is the point of this announcement of having a modem in your devices that is capable of 10 gigabit data when nothing even coming anywhere close to that level of service will be available anywhere for anyone to make use of during the life of the device, even if that device comes out sometime in the next year? The carriers are not offering anything that can make use of this capability right now, and I would wager they never will, based on their track record.