On Monday, Intel announced its latest Intel XMM 8160 5G multimode modem which is aimed at providing 5G connectivity to devices including mobiles, PCs, and broadband access gateways. Awesomely, this multimode modem support peak download speeds via 6Gbps per second (6GB/s).
The new Intel 5G modem will be available in the second half of 2019 (Around June). With its new single-chip multimode baseband capability, the new Intel XMM 8160 5G modem will allow device manufacturers to design smaller and more power-efficient 5G capable devices.
Also, it eliminates the need of installing two separate modems for 5G and legacy connectivity. Intel’s integrated multimode solution supports simultaneous connectivity (EN-DC) for LTE and 5G, allowing for backward compatibility to 4G if 5G networks are not available at any moment or location.
Other than that, many Android OEMs are expected to unveil 5G capable smartphones next year including OnePlus, Samsung, and Xiaomi among others.