Intel is announcing a new modem, under the catchy name “XMM 7560,” that includes support for download speeds up to 1 Gbps and upload speeds up to 225 Mbps. The modem is supposed to be suitable for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other mobile devices.
The Intel modem is supposed to be suitable for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other mobile devices. It ought to be faster than traditional LTE when connecting to networks that include support for advanced LTE features .
According to the Verge, this innovations holds important limitations here. For one, networks haven’t widely rolled out support for gigabit LTE modems yet, so phone hardware is going to be a little bit ahead of carrier support for a little while (though support is coming).
secondly, Intel modems aren’t very widely used — Qualcomm modems are in just about every major phone. So while gigabit LTE is on the way, there’s a good chance that your first experience with it won’t be through Intel.