large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Your next smartphone could support 600Mbps download speeds

Qualcomm has announced new details regarding its upcoming Snapdragon 820 mobile chipset.

The US chipmaker confirmed that the top-end chipset will feature Qualcomm’s newly upgraded X12 LTE modem.

As such, it means any smartphone using the Snapdragon 820 will support CAT12 LTE-Advanced download speeds.

That means the Snapdragon 820 can offer theoretical download speeds of up to 600Mbps.

However, it should be noted that such speeds also rely on the network offered by your cellular provider.

The Snapdragon 820 will also support CAT13 upload speeds, providing a theoretical uplink ceiling of 150Mbps.

The chipset is also super future-proofed, supporting unlicensed LTE and featuring 2 x 2 MU-MIMO (802.11ac) and multi-gigabit 802.11ad Wi-Fi.

“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,” explains Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm.

Katouzian continues: “With technologies such as 4K video, virtual reality and cognitive computing rapidly evolving, it’s important to provide consumers with the speed and bandwidth to create a more compelling mobile experience.”

SEE ALSO: Best Android Smartphones 2015

We also recently reported on the addition of Quick Charge 3.0 to the Snapdragon 820, which means your phone will be able to go from zero battery to an 80% charge in just 35 minutes. Not bad.

Right, so when can you get your hands on the new chipset? The first devices with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 on board are expected to be available in the first half of 2016.

Check out our smartphone buyer’s video guide below:

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.