Currently, there are two 5G modems commonly used in the smartphone market: Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 and Huawei Balong 5000. It seems that there will be no improvement in Huawei’s modem right now. However, Qualcomm will soon launch the Snapdragon X55 modem.
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The company claims that its new solution has 2.6 times less transistors than Huawei’s modem and provides a peak data rate of 40 percent . In addition, it has mmWave support not found in the Balong 5000.
Considering the difference in the number of transistors, we can say that the Snapdragon X55 will consume less power . The number of smartphones that support 5G connectivity will increase significantly next year. Therefore, the competition in the 5G modem race is expected to increase.