Qualcomm's new X65 5G modem downloads data at lightning-fast 10Gbps speeds

From CNET: Qualcomm's new modem is here, it's blazing fast and it's not just for phones. The Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System can download data at up to 10Gbps, and it will power high-end devices starting later this year. Those include premium smartphones, PCs, mobile hotspots, robots, fixed wireless access and private 5G networks set up by companies.

With the X65, unveiled Tuesday, users will get a bump in speed but also see better battery life. Coverage will improve, latency will decrease and applications will be even more responsive than they are with Qualcomm's earlier X60 modem technology. And capacity will be "massive," letting more people on a network make reliable and crisp video calls with their doctors and face off against rivals in streaming games.

Qualcomm on Tuesday also unveiled its X62 5G Modem-RF System that's capable of downloading data at up to 4.4Gbps and aimed at less expensive smartphones.

With the previous-generation X60 modem, just now arriving in smartphones like Samsung's Galaxy S21, you can download data over 5G networks at up to 7.5Gbps and upload information as fast as 3Gbps, only slightly faster than the previous generation of modem. But the X60 also has the ability to aggregate the slower but more reliable sub-6 networks with the faster but finicky millimeter-wave spectrum, boosting overall performance and helping users see faster average speeds.

The X65 has the same benefit. While it's unlikely that you'll regularly -- or maybe even ever -- see 10Gbps download speeds, you'll consistently see speeds that are magnitudes faster than your current 4G smartphone. That's partly because the X65 system has eight antennas instead of the four traditionally found in phones, something that will improve the connection.

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