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Qualcomm's Snapdragon X24 modem will enable 2 Gbps LTE speeds

Qualcomm's Snapdragon X24 modem will enable 2 Gbps LTE speeds
From Engadget - February 14, 2018

The X24 achieves the speeds it can because it supports "up to 7x carrier aggregation on the downlink" as well as 4X4 MIMO on up to five aggregated carriers. In the uplink, Snapdragon X24 supports Category 20 upload speeds, 3x20 MHz CA and up to 256-QAM. If those words mean nothing to you, here's an explainer to help make sense of it.

According to Qualcomm, this is the first commercially announced Category 20 LTE modem supporting 2 Gbps speeds to be announced. Not only that, and more impressive, it's also the first chip built on a 7 nanometer process, which would translate to potential power savings. Qualcomm says it has started sampling the new modem, and expects to demonstrate the X24 live at MWC later this month, in conjunction with Telstra, Ericsson and Netgear. We will be sure to check it out for ourselves then to see if these theoretical speeds bear out in the real world.

A lot of other factors affect your data speeds of course, and one of the most important is carrier support. While many service providers have begun working on gigabit LTE in earnest, the faster network still is not completely deployed nationwide.

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