Qualcomm is getting all active in welcoming the 5G era. A few months after they introduced the X50 modem (which can be bundled on the Snapdragon 855), the company is introducing the new Qualcomm X55 5G modem.

There are a few reasons why this latest chip is interesting. For one, the Qualcomm X55 5G modem taunts speeds of up to an impressive 7Gbps of downlink and 3Gbps of uplink. That’s a whopping improvement over the 5Gbps downloads from the X50.

It also supports the mmWave spectrum that can muster 800MHz of bandwidth at 2×2 MIMO. There’s also the sub-6 GHz antenna for 100MHz with 4×4 MIMO.

Another great thing about this 7nm chip is its legacy support for 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE connectivity. The 4G connectivity can deliver 2.5Gbps and 0.3Gbps of download and upload speeds, respectively.


With legacy support, the X55 modem can work on chipsets without the need of a 4G LTE modem. The X55 also has Standalone and Non-standalone modes.

The Qualcomm X55 5G modem is expected to hit devices later this year. It shall arrive together with the Snapdragon 855’s successor, or any upcoming chipsets from different price ranges.

And we don’t mind waiting since internet service providers are only on the early stages of 5G connection rollout, anyway.

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