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Everything you need to know about Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X24 mobile modem

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X24 modem will deliver seriously nippy 2Gbps download speeds to our smartphones in the near future. Our complete to the X24 modem reveals all you need to know: the specs, how this tech compares with the X20 modem (found in the Snapdragon 845 chipset) and when we can expect to see it in our mobiles.

This time last year, Qualcomm revealed its super-speedy Snapdragon X20 modem. This clever tech imbues our trusty smartphones with fiber-like LTE Category 18 download speeds. That’s peak performance of 1.2Gbps when downloading data (strong enough to pull down a full HD movie in seconds).

A year later, we’re finally about to see the X20 appear in smartphones. This powerful modem is a key component of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 platform, which was just revealed in December. That’s the chipset we’re expecting to see stuffed inside of lots of mobile devices launched at MWC 2018, including Samsung’s Galaxy S9.

However, we’ve just seen the launch of an even more advanced mobile modem. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X24 is a slick new 7nm modem which can deliver even faster speeds, greater connectivity and other benefits.

How does the new Snapdragon X24 modem compare with the Snapdragon X20?

The Snapdragon X24 is a Category 20 LTE modem, supporting up to 2Gbps download speeds. That’s a big performance boost over the Category 18 Snapdragon X20 you’ll find in the biggest 2018 smartphones. The X20 capped off at 1.2Gbps, almost half the peak speeds of the Snapdragon X24.

Get ready for even more techy talk: The Snapdragon X24 supports up to 7x carrier aggregation for the downlink, as well as 4×4 MIMO on up to five aggregated LTE carriers. The X20 supports 5x carrier aggregation and 4×4 MIMO on up to three aggregated carriers.,

So what does this mean, in normal speak? Well, the X24 modem is another step towards advancing our everyday mobile experience. With this kind of connectivity, you can expect to stream immersive 360-degree VR videos direct to your handset. You’ll also be able to play with remote apps; for instance, indulging in some cloud gaming on the go.

Another benefit of the Snapdragon X24 modem is its support for the concurrent multi-constellation multi-frequency global navigation satellite system (GNSS). This is a step up on GPS, which allows for incredibly accurate location tracking.

When will the Snapdragon X24 come to our smartphones?

The Snapdragon X24 LTE modem will make an appearance at MWC 2018, in live demonstrations. In other words, it’s already close to making it into smartphone chipsets.

Don’t get too excited, though. Serge Willenegger, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G and Industrial IOT, said that the X24 is “designed to provide enhanced mobile broadband and deliver an extremely important gigabit coverage layer for commercial 5G networks and mobile devices that are expected to start launching in 2019.”

So like the X20 before it, you can expect to wait another year before we see any smartphones packing the X24. We’d expect to see it introduced in the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and so on.


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