Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon X70 5G Modem With 10Gbps Max Download Speed, Up To 60% Power Efficiency, AI Support, And More

ByLance T. Lee

Feb 28, 2022

At this year’s MWC, Qualcomm officially announced the Snapdragon X70 5G modem, delivering new features while boosting performance. The chipset maker is also introducing AI capabilities into the chip, and if the unveiling happened right now, it will likely be offered with the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

Qualcomm’s AI capabilities can help the Snapdragon X70 achieve new downlink speeds, coverage, latency and power efficiency

According to the company, the Snapdragon X70 can reach maximum downlink speeds of 10 Gbps, although consumers are unlikely to witness this level of performance during real-world use. One of the main achievements of the 5G modem is the way it uses artificial intelligence to improve the mmWave and sub-6GHz bands. The modem uses an AI-based channel state feedback and optimization algorithm that increases average downlink and uplink speeds.

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Second, the Snapdragon X70 will use AI-based mmWave beam management to increase coverage and then an AI-based network selection algorithm. Qualcomm’s latest baseband chip is also the first to support all commercial 5G bands from 500 MHz to 41 GHz. This level of compatibility ensures that the chip works with all major carriers. In addition, the Snapdragon X70 supports 5G global multi-SIM and Dual-SIM Dual Active.

Performance and energy efficiency

With a maximum download speed of 10 Gbps and a maximum upload speed of 3.5 Gbps, the Snapdragon X70 guarantees maximum performance. Qualcomm also claims its latest offering is up to 60% more power efficient, thanks to Qualcomm 5G PowerSave Gen 3 technology. Qualcomm’s QET7100 wideband envelope tracking and adaptive antenna tuning based on IA will allow additional help with energy conservation while optimizing performance and latency.

The Snapdragon X70 is expected to be available later this year from a variety of Qualcomm’s phone partners, including Apple. We believe the 5G modem will be offered alongside the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, with earlier reports claiming the latter will be the first from Qualcomm to get AV1 support. Apple will likely receive orders for this 5G modem for use in next year’s iPhones, though we expect those shipments to be reduced as the tech giant works aggressively on its own modem.


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