Snapdragon X55 5G modem: Why – and when – you’ll be using it

5G smartphones won’t be in short supply at Mobile World Congress 2019 next week, but Qualcomm is already announcing its second-generation 5G modem, the Snapdragon X55. Successor to the Snapdragon X50 that, along with the Snapdragon 855 chipset, is expected to be at the heart of the first round of 5G Android devices, the new modem is arguably even more important.

While phones with the X50 5G are only now ready to reach the market, the modem itself is actually several years old. Qualcomm announced it back in late 2016, in fact; now, more than 20 OEMs plan to use it to release 5G products, and the chipmaker says over thirty commercial devices are expected to launch.

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