The US based chip maker Qualcomm has officially announced new chipsets that will power the 5G enabled Android phones in the coming year. At the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019, that is now going on in Hawaii, US, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon made some key announcements by unleashing the flagship Snapdragon 865, Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G. He said that “5G will open new and exciting opportunities to connect, compute, and communicate in ways we’ve yet to imagine and we are happy to be a key player driving the adoption of 5G around the world”. He further added that “Our Snapdragon 5G mobile platforms announced today will continue to show leadership in the industry and deliver on the promise of scaling 5G in 2020.” This simply means that the company is all set to expand 5G in 2020 and aims to reach 200 million 5G users. All three chips boast next-gen AI and 5G networking capabilities.
While Qualcomm did not reveal all details of the new chipsets, it did talk about them in brief. First off, the Snapdragon 865 SoC will power next-generation flagship smartphones of 2020 be it the Samsung Galaxy S11, OnePlus 8 or Xiaomi Mi 10. While we are just guessing about the first two phones, it has been confirmed that the Mi 10 will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 replaces the Snapdragon 855 as Qualcomm’s premium-tier mobile application processor. Snapdragon 865 does include the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System.
The Snapdragon X55 is the successor to the Snapdragon X50 that was used on most first generation 5G smartphones. It will support standalone (SA) networks and non-standalone (NSA) networks. It also means manufacturers will have to go out of their way to add 5G connectivity to their smartphones.
The company also announced the Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G chips with integrated 5G modems to cater to the upper mid-range segment. Both models supersede the Snapdragon 730 and 730G as more affordable, high-performance chipsets. These brings integrated 5G connectivity, advanced AI processing, and select Snapdragon Elite Gaming experiences.
We expect both Snapdragon 865 and 765/765G to power the most advanced Android-based smartphones launching in 2020, regardless of whether users are in 5G or 4G coverage. For now, however, Qualcomm is just teasing the names and their basic capabilities but we expect to hear more details of each of these chips in the coming days. So keep tuned in for more leaks news and updates related to the smartphone world.
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