Qualcomm Introduces New Snapdragon 636 Chipset for Mid-range Phones

Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, X50 5G modem announced

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It has X12 LTE modem which will offer download speed of 600 Mbps. According to the chip maker, the modem did achieve gigabit speeds during the test, but it can clock a speed of up to 5Gbps once the network is fully deployed. Secondly, and fitting in nicely with the event, Qualcomm demonstrated the world's first mobile chipset for 5G data connections, plus a 5G smartphone reference design.

Talking of the 5G reference smartphone, it will be helpful for companies in testing 5G modems, networks and radios. Looks like both the Snapdragon 636 and the X50 modem will be the future of upcoming smartphones. 2019 isn't too far away, so 5G will be here sooner than you might have thought, although, much like 4G before it, it will probably take a couple of years until it's ubiquitous.

But there are also plans to make use of the now unused 28GHz and 39GHz millimetre wave spectrum bands, which are found in the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and infrared waves.

Also today, Verizon said it will work with Qualcomm and Novatel Wireless on 5G NR millimeter wave technology development and over-the-air field trials based on the 5G NR Release-15 specifications that are being developed as part of global 3GPP standards.

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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 636 features the Qualcomm Kryo 260 CPU, which delivers a 40 percent increase in device performance over the Snapdragon 630, and is built using 14nm FinFet process, making it software-compatible with the Snapdragon 660 and 630 mobile platforms.

The new chipset supports Quick Charge 4.0 technology. The achievement could pave the way for 5G commercialization in 2019.

The platform fully supports the new ultra-wide displays (as seen on the Samsung Galaxy S8, Vivo V7 Plus, etc.) and incorporates support for features such as Qualcomm TruPalette, EcoPix and Assertive Display, all of which help to improve display quality.

Qualcomm also announced its first 5G reference phone. Qualcomm says that the chipset will start shipping to manufacturers from November and there could be a chance that this could make it to the mid-range champions of next year, specifically Xiaomi's Redmi Note 5 and Motorola's G6 smartphones.

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