Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon X35 5G Modem-RF System as the world’s first 5G NR-Light system. According to Qualcomm, NR-Light is a new class of 5G that fills the gap between high-speed mobile broadband and ultra-low-bandwidth NB-IoT devices.

Qualcomm Snapdragon X35 5G technology

In a press release received by Alomaki, Qualcomm explained that NR-Light devices powered by the Snapdragon X35 can be smaller, more cost-effective, and provide longer battery life than traditional mobile broadband devices.

This lower-cost option provides device manufacturers with a long-term migration path to replace LTE CAT4+ devices, ultimately increasing 5G adoption and enabling a faster transition to a unified 5G network.

“The world’s first 5G NR-Light modem features a cost-effective, sleek design with leading power efficiency, optimized thermals and a reduced production footprint,” said Durga Malladi, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cellular Modems and Infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies , Inc.

Durga Malladi added, “Qualcomm Snapdragon X35 is poised to generate a new wave of connected intelligent edge devices and drive a broad spectrum of uses. Snapdragon X35 is equipped with RF-modem technology which aims to significantly reduce power consumption, extend 5G coverage, lower latency, increase battery power, and improve uplink speed.

With its global RF band support, Qualcomm Snapdragon X35 supports all spectrum in Sub-6GHz, FDD, and TDD, to meet the needs of various markets.


Qualcomm Snapdragon X35 is expected to be available in the first half of 2023 and commercial mobile devices are scheduled to be launched in the first half of 2024.


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