At its summit in Hong Kong today, chipmaker Qualcomm appear the accession of its Snapdragon X50, the world’s first 5G modem that it claims can abutment download speeds of up to 5Gbps.

For comparison, the global 4G boilerplate download speed is currently about 13.5Mbps, which means the X50 will be able of nearly 400 times that.

It’s worth address in mind that the key word here is ‘capable’ – there aren’t yet any bartering cellular networks that abutment 5G standards (which still aren’t set in stone) and it isn’t likely that you’ll be able to enjoy 5Gbps download speeds when these casework first become available.

Still, that’s a arresting achievement, abnormally given how early in the 5G game we still are: South Korea is gearing up to launch its first 5G arrangement in 2018; the US and UK are hoping to roll out next-gen mobile networks around 2020.

Qualcomm noted that it will begin sending out sample chips to manufacturers around the second half of 2017, and you can expect to see smartphones aircraft with them starting in 2018.