In fact, according to what reported by 9to5Mac and The Verge, Qualcomm has officially unveiled the first chips who have support for the standard involved. They will be mounted on smartphones and routers, so expect news regarding these types of devices. For the moment, it is rumored that the first smartphones to support Wi-Fi 6E will arrive in 2021 (the first chips are expected to be shipped to manufacturers in the second half of 2020). As for routers, the first companies would have already started to receive some stocks, so the timing could be faster.
The newly announced Qualcomm chips are part of the FastConnect family. For the moment, the choices in the smartphone field are two: FastConnect 6700 and FastConnect 6900, which respectively have a theoretical maximum speed of 3Gbps and 3.6Gbps. These chips could be integrated into Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon series processors (the Snapdragon 865 features FastConnect 6800, which however does not support Wi-Fi 6E).
In any case, for the uninitiated, we remind you that the “E” of Wi-Fi 6E stands for “extended”. We are indeed talking about a standard that it operates between 5,925 and 7,125 GHz and aims to improve performance and latency. However, it must be said that there is still some “confusion” as to how this standard will be implemented around the world. In fact, some experts have said that the situation may not be “homogeneous”, given that Europe and China would be assigning different spectrum amplitudes to the 6 GHz band compared to what was done by the United States of America. We’ll see.