Qualcomm released not only the Snapdragon 765/765G SoC for mid-range smartphones, but also the new entry-level Snapdragon X52 5G baseband at the Dragon Summit. The company is understood to be extremely excited about the prospect of 5G. The X52 5G baseband not only draws on the main features of the X55 5G baseband, but also significantly lowers the entry threshold for 5G devices.
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At this year’s Dragon Summit, Qualcomm invited hundreds of media from around the world to visit. To accelerate the adoption of 5G devices in 2020, Qualcomm decided to introduce new and more affordable SoC and 5G basebands after the X55 and X50.
After all, the cost of using a flagship 5G baseband is too expensive for mid-range smartphones using the Dragon 7xx Series chipsets. Qualcomm, however, does not plug the old baseband into the 765/765G, but integrates a new entry-level 5G baseband.
Like the X55, the Dragon X52 also supports a variety of 5G options offered by U.S. carriers, including carrier aggregation, sub-6GHz/mmwave networks, FDD and TDD, independent/non-independent (NA/NSA) networking, and dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS).
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As a multi-mode modem, the X52 supports all network formats from 2G to 5G. Unlike the X50, when the user is not covered by 5G, it can fall back to a more popular 4G LTE network without the need for a separate external baseband.
Compared to the X55 5G baseband, the X52 only compromises at peak speed. The former supports a 7Gbps downlink rate, while the latter has a peak of only 3.7Gbps.
We are no stranger to such a strategy, as it provides better coverage of products at different price points and provides consumers with more affordable options.