Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
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Qualcomm to expand 5G chips into mid-priced phones next year

Qualcomm to expand 5G chips into mid-priced phones next year

Qualcomm rolled out its first 5G modem this year, and the chip vendor is now aiming to bring 5G connectivity to the mid-range category. Nokia has been fairly vocal about launching an affordable 5G handset in 2020 and it looks certain that it will be on Qualcomm's 7 Series hardware - but it's great to have an idea of who else will be in the running. Qualcomm's 5G mobile platform will support mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum, TDD and FDD modes, 5G multi-SIM, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, and Standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures. This is something which we've come to expect as flagship functionality increasingly makes its way to the company's mid-range platforms. The 700 series chips are popular in China, so that's a signal about lots of Chinese 5G phones coming.

"The Snapdragon 6 Series 5G Mobile Platform is created to make 5G user experiences even more broadly available in alignment with operators' deployment plans to deliver 5G coverage around the world".

In the AI Benchmark test - a widely recognized evaluation metric that measures real-world performance of mobile SoCs - the Kirin 990 5G scored 52403 in AI performance, significantly higher than the Unisoc Tiger T710 and Snapdragon 855 Plus. That will mean more connected devices with the ability to benefit from artificial intelligence (AI) and the capabilities associated with the cloud; Qualcomm believes that 5G and AI will evolve side by side, transforming industries and creating new jobs. The Kirin 990 5G and Kirin 990 SoCs will power Huawei's next-generation flagship smartphone the Mate 30, which is due to be unveiled September 19 in Munich, Germany.

Amon further said "We launched 5G". The first devices can be expected to launch soon after the fourth quarter. Now at IFA 2019, Qualcomm has built on those announcements, revealing it will include 5G connectivity in the 6, 7, and 8 series chipsets in the near future. Up until now, 5G-savvy customers have had to keep track of modem names, RF transceivers, and antenna solutions to stay in the know. In 2020, the company will introduce new 5G-capable chips for the 8-series, 7-series, and also 6-series Snapdragon processors.

But it means the phones can not take full advantage of networks from USA carriers such as Verizon Communications and AT&T that use millimetre wave technology.

That puts a premium for Qualcomm on partnering with carriers to market new devices.

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