After a long wait, Apple finally launches the iPhone 12 flagship today, October 23. The Cupertino-based company not only enters the 5G realm with this lineup of smartphones, but it also brings a series of new functionalities that cannot be seen on older iPhones.
There were strong hints that the iPhone 12 would also be featuring the Snapdragon X60 5G modem, which would have granted the phone a good portion of advanced technology. Instead, all four models of iPhone 12 (standard, mini, Pro, and Pro Max) come equipped with the Snapdragon X55.
It has been confirmed that iPhone12 uses Qualcomm SDX55 5G baseband, not the latest X60 baseband. pic.twitter.com/h3g4JLsrfG
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) October 22, 2020
However, Snapdragon X55 is not a bad choice, considering that early speed tests in the U.S. had shown that the maximum download speed for the little device is 2GB/s.
Quectel RG500Q is also based on the Snapdragon X55 LTE modem
Quectel RG500Q is a series of 5G Sub-6 GHz LGA modules that are specially optimized for IoT and M2M. The X55 is the first true global 5G modem built by Qualcomm. Three frequency bands are used for mmWave communications, and all three are supported by the Snapdragon X55 modem: 26GHz, 28GHz, and 39GHz. The X50, on the other hand, could only support 28GHz and 39GHz. This trait made it unusable for more than half of the world.
Those willing to buy Apple’s new flagship for 2020 will have to pay $699 for iPhone 12 mini, $100 more for the standard iPhone 12 model, $999 for the iPhone 12 Pro version, or $1,099 for the most powerful variant: iPhone 12 Pro Max.
It’s easy to understand why the Pro Max version of the iPhone 12 is the best model of the lineup. There’s a 6.7 inches Super Retina XDR OLED display accompanied by 120Hz of refresh rate. It’s also worth mentioning the IP68 dust/water resistance, the 4K video recording for both camera setups, the Dolby Vision, and more.