Qualcomm announced on Thursday (28) the launch of two new chips that are compatible with Wi-Fi 6E, in addition to version 5.2 of Bluetooth. They are part of the package that can be called Snapdragon and should only appear on new devices from the second half of this year.
Wi-Fi 6E is a (generous) point of improvement over the also recent Wi-Fi 6, which is already present in some devices such as the iPhones 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, Galaxys S10, Note10 and S20, iPhone SE from 2020 and Xperia 1 II. It is faster, more stable and this is due to the much larger number of channels you can use to send kitten videos, TikTok clips or any download that is done over a 6 GHz connection.
The chips are from a line called FastConnect, the models are 6700 and 6900 and the biggest difference between them is that the 6900 makes 2 × 2 dual-band connections, the other does not. Shared data for both components supports MU-MIMO, OFDMA, 4K QaM and 160 MHz channels. The theoretical maximum speed of the two models is 3 Gbps and 3.6 Gbps, respectively.
As Qualcomm’s most powerful chip for this year has already been launched, back in December 2019 and is the Snapdragon 865, adopting 6 GHz networks depends on the choice of the manufacturer at this time. She can wait for the next Snapdragon, which will bring 6 GHz on board, or put it out just to have the newest technology that virtually no router now offers.
On the Bluetooth side, there are some interesting improvements in version 5.2 such as those focused on audio. Both the FastConnect 6900 and the 6700 can work with two Bluetooth antennas that intelligently change roles within the device, which increases the stability of the connection.
The first devices compatible with the 6 GHz networks of Wi-Fi 6E should appear first with the FastConnect 6900, already in the second half of 2020. The FastConnect 6700 is expected to be released on some gadget just for the beginning of next year.
With information: Qualcomm.