World’s largest mobile phone company, Samsung, just announced the Exynos Modem 5100 for smartphones. The first multi-mode 5G modem in the world also supports the official 5G-New Radio (NR) standard.
This modem is built on a 10nm manufacturing process and supports legacy connectivity solutions. So just incase you don’t have a 5G network, you can still hook up to LTE, HSPA, 3G and even 2G. Samsung says that the Exynos Modem 5100 will support both the sub-6Ghz and mmWave spectrums for 5G supports.
How fast is 5G?
Samsung claims download speeds of upto 2.2Gbps using the sub-6Ghz spectrum, and 6Gbps via mmWave spectrum. Real-world speeds will likely be lower, owing to environmental conditions and as more users hop on the network.
The company also confirmed that it also conducted a “5G-NR data call test,” connecting a prototype with the new modem to 5G base station equipment.
How is 5G different from LTE?
As we said earlier, 5G technology delivers much faster upload and download speeds than current cellular technologies like LTE-A, LTE and HSPA+. It’s also better equipped to deal with network congestion, so you should still be able to browse Reddit at the football stadium.
When to expect Samsung 5G Phones?
Samsung says that the Exynos Modem 5100 will be available to manufacturers by the end of 2018. So we can reasonably expect phones with 5G capabilities to land a few months into 2019.
Samsung’s smartphone head DJ Koh recently shed more light on the Korean firm’s 5G smartphone plans:
“While Galaxy S10 phones will be provided for mass-volume customers with 4G chipsets, we will introduce a new model for 5G,” Koh was quoted as saying by the Korea Herald. According to the outlet, Koh says we can expect this first 5G phone in March.
How is Samsung’s 5G modem different from existing modems, like the Moto 5G mod?
Samsung’s modem will be integrated into a smartphone, as opposed to an external solution like the 5G Moto Mod. Also, the multi-mode capabilities ensure that manufacturers won’t need separate modems for 5G and 4G. They can have all in just one modem.
The innovations in 5G are helping us make a new world of connected devices. Not only smartphones, but even our cars and home appliances will connect to this network making a seamless integration of IoT in our environment.