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Qualcomm's upcoming modems will bring 5G out of the early adopter phase

Qualcomm's upcoming modems will bring 5G out of the early adopter phase

Qualcomm has just announced two new 5G modems that promise ridiculous speeds and support for emerging frequencies. The new X65 and X62 modems won't be available until later this year, which probably means they won't be in Android flagships until the next generation of chips hits in 2022. When they do land, though, they'll support a few key features. In addition to the expected speed improvements (the X65 can hit a theoretical 10-gig speed), the new modems have an upgradeable architecture that will roll out new 5G features from a new set of standards over time — no hardware upgrade required.

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MediaTek finally joins the mmWave 5G race

MediaTek finally joins the mmWave 5G race

MediaTek has finally revealed its first mmWave-compatible 5G modem. Though the technology is most popular here in the 'States (where it's also kinda useless), carriers continue to champion its incredible speeds while conveniently overlooking its many limitations. But soon, you'll be able to enjoy losing that super-fast connection when you cross the street on a MediaTek phone, too.

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Apple wants to ditch Qualcomm completely, begins testing its own cellular modems

Apple wants to ditch Qualcomm completely, begins testing its own cellular modems

Apple has been making strides with its in-house System-on-a-Chip (SoC) designs lately, especially with the company's new M1 desktop chipset. However, Apple is still using modems designed by other firms, which has sometimes become a point of contention with iPhones. According to comments by Apple's top chip executive, the company could soon use its own modem designs, bringing Apple even closer to designing every component of its mobile devices.

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Why you might actually buy a 5G phone in 2020

Why you might actually buy a 5G phone in 2020

The big problem with 5G — or one of the big problems — is that it's suffering the same issues LTE had when it first landed: It only works in a few markets, and most phones don't support it. Worse, the few devices that do support it use external modems which aren't built into the chipset, and like the early LTE phones, that means issues like decreased battery life. Thankfully, new chipsets with 5G support built-in are on the way, with Qualcomm announcing its own earlier this year. Today at IFA, Qualcomm has further revealed that the promised chip will be landing in products as early as the beginning of next year, with more 6-, 7-, and 8-series chipsets getting built-in 5G support next year, too.

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Intel sells its modem business to Apple for $1 billion

Intel sells its modem business to Apple for $1 billion

Apple develops its own processors for its mobile devices, but it relies on modems from Intel and Qualcomm for network connectivity. While Apple fought with Qualcomm over patents and royalties, Intel became the company's top choice for modems. After the dispute was settled, Intel gave up trying to make a 5G modem, and now Apple is buying its entire modem division.

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MediaTek announces the first mobile chipset with an integrated 5G modem

MediaTek announces the first mobile chipset with an integrated 5G modem

Most of the news that comes out of Computex each year doesn't really apply to Android, but today MediaTek has formally revealed a new high-end chipset for phones with a serious 5G twist: The new (apparently unnamed) 7nm SoC is the first to be announced with an integrated 5G modem.

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Huawei takes on Qualcomm with better, faster 5G chip and home router

Huawei takes on Qualcomm with better, faster 5G chip and home router

Huawei hosted a conference in Beijing today to showcase its upcoming 5G products: the Balong 5000, which it claims is the world's fastest 5G chip, and the 5G CPE Pro, a powerful home router. With these devices, the Chinese manufacturer is aiming at becoming a reference in 5G chips, and is trying to dethrone Qualcomm with a more powerful product.

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Intel's 5G modem will land in the second half of 2019

Intel's 5G modem will land in the second half of 2019

We're on the cusp of the 5G revolution, as big players like Qualcomm and Huawei would like us to believe. Not to be left out in the cold, Intel has sped up the timeline for the release of its 5G modem, which it calls the XMM 8160. According to the company, partners can expect to get their hands on the 8160 in the second half of next year.

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Qualcomm reveals new 5G antenna, may finally make mmWave tech useful for phones

Qualcomm reveals new 5G antenna, may finally make mmWave tech useful for phones

It seems like 5G is one of those things that's perpetually sitting out on the horizon in tech news, but today Qualcomm took a decent step forward when it comes to a particular implementation. One of the carriers' more ambitious 5G solutions is to harness the high-frequency millimeter wave (mmWave) bands, which promise high bandwidth and low congestion, at the cost of limited coverage and some practicality concerns. But with Qualcomm's recently announced mmWave antennas, some of the issues related to it may be overcome.

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Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are randomly rebooting for some while on LTE, likely due to kernel panic from modem

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are randomly rebooting for some while on LTE, likely due to kernel panic from modem

The Pixel 2 line of phones has not been averse to criticism, with most of it attributed to the various issues that Pixel 2 XL P-OLED displays experience. While that only affects the larger model, this latest news of random reboots is a problem on both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL alike. Though Google hasn't commented on this issue yet, one user may have tracked the random reboots down.

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