Samsung unveiled the industry’s first 5G mobile chip, which will power the company’s forthcoming 5G handsets. The chipset, dubbed Exynos Modem 5100, is compliant with the newly accepted industry standard for 5G, which was affirmed in June by 3GPP, the international wireless standards body. The chip will also support legacy networks including 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE.
The new chip will position Samsung to spearhead the race to 5G:
- The 5G chip will enable faster data transfer and download speeds, which will enhance the mobile experience. Samsung’s Exynos Modem 5100 can reach download speeds of up to 6 Gbps per second, which is five times faster than its 4G predecessor. The faster download speeds will better support emerging technologies such as ultra-high-resolution videos, virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) experiences, and autonomous driving.
- And it will allow Samsung to accelerate the development of 5G smartphones.Samsung has already used the chip to successfully complete an over-the-air 5G data call simulating real world cellular network environments. And the company’s also been working closely with a number of global mobile carriers to accelerate the worldwide rollout of 5G networks and devices.
But Samsung will need to continue to take swift steps toward building out 5G smartphone technology to stave off competition from manufacturers and chip makers. Qualcomm, one of the world’s largest chip manufacturers, is already working to place 5G chips inside smartphones next year, and it’s partnered with 18 smartphone manufacturers including Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo.
Additionally, Huawei unveiled its first 5G chip in February, which will power the company’s first 5G smartphone when it launches this year, according to VentureBeat.