Published: Tue, December 03, 2019
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Qualcomm Announces New Snapdragon 865, Snapdragon 765 Chipsets

Qualcomm Announces New Snapdragon 865, Snapdragon 765 Chipsets

Alongside the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, the company also announced the Snapdragon 765 5G and Snapdragon 765G 5G SoCs with an integrated X52 5G modem.

It's no mystery why Qualcomm would produce more chipsets with built-in 5G connectivity.

So what we know is that the Snapdragon 865 will work with Qualcomm's X55 5G modem to help deliver more 5G to the world of flagship phones (like the Galaxy S11). The latter was announced past year alongside the Snapdragon 855, an umbrella term for things like filmic tone mapping, cinematic color grading in HDR, and more.

"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", Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said in a prepared statement.

This is surely weird as Qualcomm had been teasing an integrated chipset for the past few months.

In addition to selling the computing chips and modems for mobile phones, Qualcomm has also been trying to persuade phone makers to use more of its other components, such as antenna chips for connecting to 5G networks. Given the trend in the past year or two, it's also not unexpected that Qualcomm is putting a heavy emphasis on 5G yet again, particularly "scaling 5G", and, of course, Artificial Intelligence. Given that this is just Day 1 of Qualcomm's 3-day tech extravaganza, the company is being rather light on details for now. Yeah, the American chipmaker has announced the much-awaited Snapdragon 865 chipset for mobile phones.

A bit unexpected is the Snapdragon 765, its selection for "premium" smartphones. The first of these should be with us in early 2020.

New Android phones haven't been announced for 2020, but the chip that's likely to power many of them has been named. Xiaomi says its Xiaomi Mi 10 flagship will launch with the Snapdragon 865 in Q1 2020.

I can see ASUS or Razer releasing a new gaming smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 865 in the very near future, maybe we'll begin to hear about these new phones at CES 2020 which is only around the corner.

Chipmaker Qualcomm is hosting its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 in Maui, Hawaii.

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