Qualcomm bets fully on 5G with Snapdragon 865 and 765

The Snapdragon 865 is Qualcomm’s new high-end smartphone chip and successor to the existing Snapdragon 855. The chip will form the basis for many high-end Android devices next year; for example, we expect that the Google Pixel 5, LG G9, OnePlus 8 and international versions of the Samsung Galaxy S11 will use the chip. During the presentation, representatives of Xiaomi and Oppo were present who announced that they would use the chip in the first quarter of 2020 in the Xiaomi Mi 9 and a new Oppo Reno smartphone respectively. Further details about these devices have not yet been announced. With a promised introduction in the first quarter of 2020, we don’t have to wait long for the first Snapdragon 865 devices.

The Snapdragon 865 is a lot faster on all fronts than its predecessor and can be combined with Qualcomm’s X55 5G modem announced earlier this year. With the 865, Qualcomm promises the highest CPU performance, highest CPU performance, fastest camera processing and highest AI computing power of all SoC smartphones.

However, the announcement of the Snapdragon 765 (G) mid-range smartphone chip is much bigger news: after all, it is the first smartphone SoC with a fully integrated 5G modem that can work on all frequencies. This X52 modem is suitable for both the sub-6GHz frequency bands and the new mmWave frequencies that have to offer much higher speeds. This is in contrast to, for example, the SoCs with an integrated 5G modem from Huawei and Samsung. The integration of 5G modems is intended to ensure that 5G devices can be priced much more friendly.

Qualcomm indicates that the latest 5G modems can reach peak speeds of more than 10x the usual maximum performance at 4G. Even when direct, line-of-sight communication between the device and the 5G base station is not possible, speeds above 200 Megabits per second could still be achieved.

According to Qualcomm, 2020 must be the year of 5G. During the presentation, Qualcomms CEO Christiano Amon said that 230 consumers have now introduced 5G devices or are under development, including dozens of smartphones. One of the founders of the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi announced during the event that they would like to introduce more than ten different 5G smartphones in different price ranges next year. The availability of 5G networks worldwide is also fast: T-Mobile, for example, announced this week that it can now reach almost every American with its American network. In the Netherlands and Belgium, we do not yet have to expect 5G in 2020.

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