Although we've been talking about 5G for several years it's not until 2019 when we can start testing it. It is also important to highlight the startup, as most users do not have facilities that are compatible with this technology.
But by 2020 things will be different. Starting Qualcomm has forced manufacturers who want to use their latest processor, Snapdragon 865, to use the company's 5G modem, which makes these models more expensive (we've seen it on Xiaomi Mi 10) on the other hand increasing the number of 5G-compatible smartphones.
Now the American company has introduced a new 5G module, built with 5 nm structures, and is faster and more powerful than it had so far. It's called Snapdragon 865.
One of the things Qualcomm has emphasized is the versatility offered by the X60 that should be used on mmWave and Sub-6 Ghz networks, including low frequency bands.
The new mod is compatible with the NA and NSA options we've seen in previous models, but is able to use them to achieve maximum speed.
In addition, the new antenna is smaller, allowing less space, which benefits the design of the mobiles it uses.
Infarction speed with Snapdragon X60
In a statement the company reported that the highest theoretical speed at which this modem could be connected was 7 Gbps on its download and 3 Gbps downloads. Note that we are talking about Gbps, not Mbps.
Obviously, this will be the case in lab tests, but we don't expect to see those short ones in real places. At least in the first months of use.
However the use of this modem will not become a reality until 2021 because although manufacturers will start testing in the first half of this year, there will be no commercial models until the first months of the following year.