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Modem vs. Modem recap: 4 reasons why Snapdragon modems are superior

May 11, 2016

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When we check our Gmail, listen to music on Spotify, post a photo on Instagram, broadcast on Periscope, or even make a phone call, we tend to take what allows us to do these things—the modem—for granted. It’s this wireless chip inside our phones, the LTE modem, that makes these daily activities possible, connecting our phones to cellular networks and enabling the push and pull of data. But all modems are not created equal.

To help illustrate this point and the importance of the modem overall, we created our Modem vs. Modem series. Over the course of four events, two teams—Team Blue and Team Snapdragon (in red, of course)—competed in challenges representing different modem uses cases. Each of the events paired a human athlete with a “modem athlete” where the modem athlete’s performance directly impacted its human teammate.

The winner? In every event, Team Snapdragon took home the title.

Here are the four key takeaways we learned along the way:

Event 1: 4G LTE Download Relay

We started off our Modem vs. Modem challenge with an LTE speed race. The modem athletes competed in the first leg of the relay, downloading 150MB of data. Once their modem completed the task, the human teammates raced 150 feet down hill, with giant orbs hot on their heels.

Event 2: Dropped Call Chess

In our second episode, we tested the modem’s reliability at receiving voice calls. The human athletes competed in a game of speed chess while perched over a dunk tank. Prior to each turn, the modem athlete attempted to connect calls. The loser… well, you get it.

Event 3: Talk Time Puzzle Cube

Battery life varies by phone, which is why having a power-efficient modem can mean a world of a difference. In the third Modem vs. Modem event, we pitted the two teams against one another in a high-stakes puzzle challenge. The amount of time the human athlete had to solve a 5-by-5 puzzle cube depended on his phone’s talk time. All the while, giant paint balloons loomed overhead ready to douse the loser. The winning team consumed 30 percent less power than the losing team, which means nearly 5 hours of extra talk time.

Event 4: Download Speed Dodgeball

In our finale, Team Snapdragon and Team Blue battled it out in a game of dodgeball. Human captains were able to recruit additional players based on their modem counterparts’ 3G download speeds. More players = a better chance of winning.

Snapdragon LTE modems lead the way

When it comes to the latest LTE features – whether it’s exhilarating download speeds, crystal clear calls, or faster upload speeds, Snapdragon LTE modems lead the way. Our latest Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 LTE modem, which can be found in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, supports LTE Category 12 download speeds of up to 600 Mbps and LTE Category 13 uplink speeds of up to 150 Mbps, all while being power efficient. And soon you’ll see devices with the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, the first cellular modem to achieve mind-blowing Gigabit Class LTE speeds – rivaling the fastest speeds you can get from wired broadband Internet…no cables necessary.  These are the types of breakthroughs that Snapdragon has brought to mobile, and will continue to bring in the future.

For a superior and reliable mobile experience, make sure to choose a phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon LTE modem.

Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.