Samsung’s Exynos Modem 5100 reveals 5G for future Galaxy models

Doris Richards
August 16, 2018

The new modem will find its way into devices by the end of the year. That expansion will begin starting today, with the announcement of the Exynos Modem 5100, which is the industry's first 5G modem that is fully compatible with 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 15 (Rel.15), which is the most up-to-date standard specification for 5G New Radio (5G-NR). Samsung's Exynos SoC is used in smartphones sold all across the world and earlier this year they promised to unveil a prototype 5G modem during the second half of this year. The modem is said to be able to deliver a maximum downlink speed of up to 2Gbps in its 5G sub-6GHz settings and up to 6Gbps when it is using its mmWave settings.

The Exynos Modem 5100 supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrums that are laid out by the 3GPP 5G standard, as well as legacy networks including 2G, GSM/CDMA, 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, HSPA, and 4G LTE. The South Korean tech giant said that therefore commercial implementation requires a single chip that can connect reliably between networks. It is the latest standard specification for 5G New Radio (5G-NR).

Samsung further promised fast and stable data communications in 4G networks, with downlink speeds of 1.6Gbps.


Inyup Kang, president of Samsung's logic chip business, earlier told ZDNet that 5G offers "unimaginable opportunity" that the company can not afford to miss. Samsung said that it is working with a number of global mobile carriers and partners to "quickly bring 5G mobile communications to the market".

Samsung says it is focusing on developing innovations for a foldable smartphone that will be genuinely accepted and liked by consumers.

"It is hard to predict which model would be the 5G phone as the restructuring of the product portfolio is underway", said an LG official. That's an aggressive timeline, to be sure, but it makes sense if Samsung wants to maintain a lead in the race to 5G. That's a critical detail, as LTE is still improving even as 5G takes shape, and will continue to from the backbone for carriers' networks for some time. Here is what business professionals and mobile users need to know about 5G.

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