We have seen this happen since the first time Intel made it to the iPhone, as clearly Intel is still playing catch up. Intel promised to have the XMM 7560 that supports Gigabit LTE next year, so the iPhone will have it in 2018, at the earliest. Apple actually even confirmed it was throttling the modem in the iPhone 7 last year to one of its pet publications, Appleinsider.
In the meantime, the throttled modem will hit customers all over the world as there are at least 34 carriers in 14 countries trialing Gigabit LTE and some of these networks will go live soon. Some of them have actually been live for a while. This is not some distant future, as USA carriers have Gigabit LTE trials in some markets.
Intel still has a lot of catching up to do, as there is a Snapdragon X20 modem capable of 1.2 Gbps that will likely find its place in the Snapdragon 845, the new SoC that will dominate high end phones in 2018. The new SoC is expected in Samsung Galaxy S9 and the rest of the high end 2018 line up.
Intel’s XMM7560 will do Gigabit LTE while there is a big chance that Qualcomm might release an even faster modem in the course of 2018. Intel told Fudzilla that the XMM7560 comes in 2018.
The faster than 1.2Gbps modem from Qualcomm was confirmed to Fudzilla by none other than Qualcomm’s QCT president, Cristiano Amon, and Alex Katouzian the head of mobile stuff including modem at Qualcomm.
So to put things in perspective, every Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8, every One Plus 5, 5T, or any Snapdragon 835 based phone will have a faster modem compared to the iPhone X.