Written by Scott Bicheno
he new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, which will start to appear in devices in the first half of 2016, will support Cat 12 LTE (up to 600 Mbps download speeds) thanks to the inclusion of the X12 modem.
The X12 also supports Cat 13 (up to 150 Mbps) uploads and 4×4 MIMO on one downlink carrier. The other big new feature of this modem is its support for LTE-U and LTE/wifi link aggregation (LWA).
“The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with X12 LTE modem is a new industry leader, offering highly differentiated features that put OEMs and carriers on the cutting edge, including the latest advances in LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity,” said Alex Katouzian, SVP of product management at Qualcomm.