Samsung may have missed the opportunity to be the pioneer in 5G technology, but it claims to have manufactured the first 5G modem fully compatible with 3GPP’s 5G requirements. Samsung just launched it’s first 5G modem (Exynos 5100) based on 10nm manufacturing process. Unlike Qualcomm’s X50 5G modem, this is backward compatible with 2G ,3G and 4G LTE. Which means the phone manufacturers don’t have to place extra 4G LTE modem along with this Samsung 5100 modem.
According to Samsung, Exynos Modem 5100 supports both the sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrum bands. It can attain speeds up to 2Gbps per second in the sub-6Ghz range of the spectrum and up to 6Gbps using mmWave signals.
The chip is built on 10nm process technology which is very power efficient.
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Interestingly, Samsung has earlier announced the fact that, next year’s Galaxy S10 wouldn’t be 5G capable.
Even Apple is not coming up with 5G modems this year with the new iPhone lineup in September 2018.
While the 5G era is very near, we can be sure that 5G compatible devices may ship in early 2019.