Will it change the way of our internet usage by offering higher data speeds with uninterrupted signal coverage compared to the already existing technologies like 4G LTE and 3G? Now, the future is going to become faster than ever as Qualcomm has completed its first ever test of a 5G connection on a mobile device. The demo device was a Qualcomm reference design and not a production phone.
A 5G connection was tested using a 5G modem chipset meant to be used in mobile devices, marking an important milestone in bringing this capability to consumers.
Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset achieved Gigabit speeds in the 28GHz mmWave radio band, and showed off a reference design smartphone for use in testing the new standard in mobile data connectivity.
According to the reference design, the device measured at 9 mm and used several 100 MHz 5G carriers and a data connection in 28 GHz mm spectrum.
"There are many different definitions of 5G, some of which could be implemented by 2019, and those that wouldn't be, such as millimetre wave, which will probably take a lot longer", said Prof Webb.
Qualcomm has released a new system-on-chip that's created to support the new 18:9 aspect ratio displays that are becoming more common these days. The 5G modem was launched 1 year back and the test has been performed with 28GHz mm-wave frequency.
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Android and Linux devices are particularly vulnerable, he added, because their encryption keys can be rewritten to all zeros. This is also not the first widespread security flaw affecting common network infrastructure to have been disclosed recently.
As the Qualcomm presentation materials also explain, 5G NR will be supported first in Release-15.
On October 17 previous year, Qualcomm announced its intentions to make 5G commercially available in the future.
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.
Basically, the aim of introducing this new chipset is to bring the ultra-wide displays to mid-range smartphones. "We're on track for real 5G smartphones and networks in the first half of 2019", Hanna said.
T-Mobile is now deploying network capabilities, and Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform-based smartphones supporting 600 MHz Band 71 are commercially available.