The 5G wireless era is almost upon us. In the last few months, we’ve been hearing tons of companies showing their detailed plans and newly-developed technologies for the next generation of wireless connectivity.
But it looks like Samsung might be leading the race as they just announced their new Samsung Exynos 5100 5G modem.
This isn’t actually the very first 5G modem that was showcased to the world. There’s the Qualcomm X50 last year, as well as the MediaTek Helio M70 that was introduced in COMPUTEX last June.
Samsung might not be the first one in, but unlike the others, they do claim that the Exynos 5100 passed 3GPP’s (3rd Generation Partnership Project) standard.
Samsung’s 5G modem supports sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrums, which are part of 3GPP’s 5G standards. It also offers great flexibility as it supports legacy networks from 2G GSM/CDMA up to 4G LTE.
The Samsung Exynos 5100 can deliver up to 2Gbps of download speeds under the sub-6GHz settings. It even gets better under the mmWave configuration as it can have speeds of up to 6Gbps. That translates to up to five times faster data speeds from its predecessor.
Lastly, Samsung’s 5G modem is built under the 10nm process, so it will stay as inconspicuous and power-efficient as it can be.
Samsung said that their 5G modem will be available to the market by the end of 2018, which is just in time for the 5G’s take off in 2019.