Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon X65 modem, which is the first 5G modem with a speed of up to 10 gigabits and an antenna system for smartphones and many reports indicated that Apple will rely on this modem in the iPhone 14 of the next 2022 year. Learn about the new modem details in this article.
In the beginning, you should know that it is normal for data transmission speeds in the real world to remain much lower than the theoretical figure mentioned above (10 gigabits per second) because this speed is achieved in special laboratory conditions, but of course it is expected that devices equipped with modem X65 will experience 5G speeds. Faster overall than any other version. The modem has several other benefits as well, including improved power efficiency, improved coverage of both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands, and support for all global commercial mmWave frequencies, including the new n259 band which is 41GHz.To understand the difference between the two bands, you can review the articleWhat kind of 5G networks in the iPhone? And what is the difference between mmWave and Sub-6GHz“For more details.
MmWave networks are short for Millimeter wave, and they refer to ultra-high frequencies of radio waves with a frequency between 30 and 300 GHz. It is named in millimeters since it has a wavelength ranging from 10 mm to 1 mm.
This millimeter-wave 5G network promises ultra-fast speeds over short distances, making it best suited for densely populated urban areas. In comparison, 5G sub-6GHz (i.e. Sub-6GHz) is generally slower than millimeter waves, but it offers the advantage of wide support as it covers longer distances, making it best in suburban and rural areas. Support for mmWave networks is limited to iPhone 12 models in the United States, but rumors indicate that iPhone 13 models may support mmWave in additional countries.
As with the previous generation Snapdragon X60, the X65 can simultaneously aggregate data from the mmWave and Sub-6GHz bands to achieve an ideal combination of high-speed coverage and low latency. The modem is paired with the new, fourth-generation mmWave antenna module to expand mmWave range and energy efficiency.
It is reported that in 2019 Apple and Qualcomm reached a multi-year chip supply agreement, paving the way for Apple to use Qualcomm 5G modems starting with Snapdragon X55 on iPhone 12 models. Moreover, a document revealed that Apple will be used on iPhone 60 models. The most likely Snapdragon X2021 modem for iPhone 65, followed by Snapdragon X2022 in iPhone XNUMX.
The Snapdragon X65 modem may be the last modem to be used in iPhones, as analysts of the famous Barclays investment bank and many other sources predicted that Apple would switch to its 5G modem for iPhones by 2023.