Image: Android Police

Ahead of the Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm has announced its newest LTE modem for smartphones, the Snapdragon X24, which is the most advanced 4G chip on the planet and promises to reach top download speeds of 2Gbps.

Based on a 7nm fabrication process, the X24 LTE modem is the first Category 20 LTE modem and supports up to seven carrier aggregation – topping things like Samsung’s latest Exynos chipsets. Qualcomm claims that the X24 LTE modem will enable devices to connect to the entire range of spectrum bands available to carriers, which would increase overall performance.

The X24 is an important step towards 5G, as it moves the 4G experience forward as much as possible and making sure devices can reach faster speeds on 4G to make the transition towards next generation speeds less painful.

Qualcomm’s and the smartphone companies’ goal is to launch devices with the Snapdragon X24 sometime in the end of 2018. The modem will work alongside Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem in multimode 4G/5G devices when 5G networks start rolling out in 2019.