On February 20th, according tomedia reports, Qualcomm has launched the SnapDragonx60 5G modem, a third-generation system that can be used to connect smartphones to 5G networks, but Apple is more likely to use it on iPhone models released in 2021. Instead of the iPhone 12 for the 2020 model year.
Picture: Qualcomm SnapDragonx60 5G modem
As Qualcomm’s latest 5G modem, the SnapDragonx60 is the first 5nm baseband chip to deliver download speeds of up to 7.5Gbps and 3Gbps upload speeds.
It is believed that a reduction from 7nm to 5nm helps reduce the device manufacturer’s overall package size, allowing it to take up less space in smartphones while also being more energy-efficient. This allows vendors to use the space they can make to add more resource capacity, add new features, or make devices lighter or smaller.
Qualcomm also claims that the SnapDragonx60 is the world’s first 5G modem-RF system to support across all key 5G bands and combinations. Especially for 5G, this means that it will be able to use both sub-6GHz bandwidth and millimeter waves.
Earlier 5G chips could only communicate with either sub-6GHz or millimeter wave.
the x60 also includes support for Voice over NR, which can be used to make calls over a 5G connection without switching back to a 3G or 4G network.
Qualcomm said the first samples of the SnapDragonx 60 and the accompanying QTM535 mm Wave Antenna Module will be available to device manufacturers in the first quarter of 2020, with the first commercial smartphones expected to be available with the latest modems in early 2021.
Given Apple’s usual iPhone design cycle and supply chain size, the X60 is unlikely to be used on the iPhone 12 this year. Given Apple’s 5G deal with Qualcomm in 2019 and agreeing to use its modem, Qualcomm’s 5G modem is likely to be used on upcoming iPhone models, but it could be the SnapDragon X55.