5G Speed Up To 5 Gbps! (Theoretical) In Near Future

5G cellular technology is being developed and tested, year 2019 will see few deployments in some countries. Companies have already announced their 5G cellular modems such as Qualcomm Snadragon X50, MediaTek Helio M70, Huawei Balong 5G01, among others. In this post, we are taking a look at the 5G speed features these cellular modems can provide.

5G Speed

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Note: 1 Gbps (Gigabit Per Second) = 125 MB/s (Megabyte Per Second)

5G Speed Of Huawei Balong 5G01 Modem

Last year, Huawei announced the first commercially available 5G chip Balong 5G01 based on the 3GPP standard. This chip basically contains the mainstream of the world’s 5G band working with both sub-6 GHz and mmWave bands, and capable of achieving 2.3 Gbps peak throughput (download data rate).

Huawei Balong 5G01 chip is found in two HUAWEI 5G CPE, basically 5G WiFi router, one working at sub 6 GHz (low frequency) and the other working at mmWave bands (high frequency).

Huawei 5G Smartphones

Kirin chipset (not mentioned) will carry the modem for smartphones. Huawei’s Mate series of smartphones will carry the 5G modem. Huawei Mate 30 Pro is expected to be a full-fledged 5G Smartphone.


  • Announced: April 2017
  • Modem: Balong 5G01
  • Max. 5G Speed: 2.3 Gbps (theoretical)
  • Chipset: Kirin (Model Not Specified)
  • Device: Huawei Mate Series

5G Speed Of Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 Modem

Last year in October, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon X50 5G baseband chip for smartphones, automobile, etc. At present, the X50 baseband supports mmWave spectrum in the 28GHz band and supports multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antenna technology.

The X50 5G modem chipset has already achieved gigabit speeds and data connectivity in the 28GHz millimeter wave band. Further, by supporting 800MHz wideband, the theoretical peak value of the X50 baseband downlink rate can reach up to 5 Gbps (625MB/s).

Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G Smartphones

The X50 will be commercially available in the first half of 2018. As per the initial exposure, the Snapdragon 855 will carry the 5G Modem. The Snapdragon 855 will power major flagships of 2019.

As of today, Qualcomm’s X20 LTE modem provides Gigabit download rates. The X50 will be more powerful to be used in smartphones and automotive.


  • Announced: October 2017
  • Modem: Snapdragon X50
  • Max. 5G Speed: 5 Gbps (theoretical)
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855
  • Device: 2019 Flagships (to be announced)

5G Speed Of Helio M70 Modem

At the Computex 2018 conference, MediaTek announced the latest progress of its 5G baseband chip: The Helio M70 5G modem is set to debut in 2019.

The Helio M70 5G radio modem is compatible with 3GPP Release 15, supports data rates up to 5 Gbps, as well as “critical carrier features”.

MediaTek is actively participating in the 3GPP conference on the 5G standard setting standards and is working with NOKIA, NTT Docomo, China Mobile and Huawei equipment vendors and operators to conduct more in-depth cooperation.

MediaTek 5G Smartphones

According to Chen Guanzhou, general manager of MediaTek, it is expected that the first 5G baseband chip M70 to be launched next year will use TSMC’s 7nm process technology.


  • Announced: June 2018
  • Modem: Helio M70
  • Max. 5G Speed: 5 Gbps (theoretical)
  • Chipset: Helio (Model Not Specified)
  • Device: 2019 Flagships (to be announced)

This is too early, to understand the 5G network based Smartphones scenario, as developments are underway. Let me know your thoughts on 5G technology.

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