Finally, Samsung joined the 5G party with a big move. Samsung unveiled a 5G modem that meets all the latest standards and can hit 6Gbps mmWave speeds. The Exynos Modem 5100, is made of Samsung’s 10-nanometer process, fully compatible with the industry standard for 5G.
Exynos Modem 5100 All We Know
Samsung claims that it is the first multi-mode modem solution which means this chipset is a full standalone solution supporting. The new 5G sub-6GHz and mmWave as well as all existing standards, including 2G GSM/CDMA, 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, HSPA, and 4G LTE. It will also have radio frequency IC, envelope tracking, and power management IC solutions.
This is not the first major 5G modem in the market. Qualcomm’s X50 modem, which was announced in 2016 and already has numerous companies on board that is planning to use it in their 5G devices. But during that time 3GPP didn’t finalize the spec for the 5G connection.
Samsung successfully conducted an over-the-air (OTA) 5G-NR data call test under a wireless environment utilizing a 5G base station and 5G end-user equipment prototype embedded with Exynos Modem 5100. As the test simulated real-world cellular network conditions, this will ensure faster development and commercialization of 5G mobile devices that adopt this new modem. Samsung is also working closely with a number of global mobile carriers and partners. This joint venture is to quickly bring 5G mobile communications to the market.
Samsung hasn’t announced the release date of Exynos Modem 5100. But Samsung did promise that it will be available to customers by the end of 2018.
Already Huawei announced that they will be the first one to launch 5G smartphone in India. Now we need to sit back and see who will be the winner of this race and launch the first ever 5G smartphone in India.