Qualcomm this week announced the Snapdragon X35 5G Modern-RF, its new 5G modem that adopts the NR-Light standard for less demanding devices. The manufacturer says the component is the first in the world to leverage the technology to help bring 5G to smartwatches and Internet of Things (IoT) products.

Unlike mobile phones and tablets, most smartwatches and IoT devices require much less to connect to the internet and function properly. Thus, they allow the use of smaller components and a greater focus on energy efficiency for the connection.

5G NR-Light, also known as RedCap (low capacity), was installed last year to tailor the 5G band exactly for this type of product, and the Snapdragon X35 is the first commercial modem to offer it.

While users probably won’t be able to enjoy huge speed gains with this type of product, connections should be much more stable and reliable on the next-gen mobile network, with less risk of data “congestion” in very crowded locations.

Products should appear soon

Accompanying the new Snapdragon X35, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon X32, the same modem being more affordable and compatible with the next generation mobile network 5G.

The manufacturer claims commercial samples of the two components will begin this period and the first commercial devices are expected to arrive in the first half of 2024. For now, the company does not give examples of partners who will use them.

Source: Tec Mundo

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