Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon chips include two with built-in 5G

Alonzo Simpson
December 3, 2019

Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager of mobile at Qualcomm Technologies, introduced both the Snapdragon 865 and the Snapdragon 765/765G but said nothing about a enhanced "Plus" version, as Qualcomm introduced with the Snapdragon 855 Plus midway through this year.

The Snapdragon 865 chipset was officially announced by Qualcomm at its annual Snapdragon Summit, with the company noting that it'll focus on 5G and AI capabilities.

Qualcomm has also revealed that its new chip will bring better photography to devices with it helping to shoot 8K quality. The Galaxy S11 and LG G9 are other smartphones that we can expect to see with new flagship chipset in the first quarter of 2020.

Not every Snapdragon 855 phone has come with 5G so far, in fact only a relatively small subset of devices running on Qualcomm's current chipset are compatible with next-generation networks. The firm expects the Snapdragon 865 and 765 to power the most advanced Android-based smartphones launching in 2020, regardless of whether their users will be using 4G or 5G networking.

As was the case previous year, Qualcomm is telling us the name of its upcoming product today, but not much else.

What we do know at this time, however, is that the Snapdragon 865 is being billed as the true "flagship" SoC, and that it includes the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System.

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Qualcomm also promises that they're going to be modular platforms, which is supposed to make design and layout work much easier - especially for companies that don't have the resources to create everything.

Qualcomm's 2020 roadmap for 5G in mobile devices is, perhaps, a bit surprising. It comes in two varieties - Snapdragon 765 and 765G - and going by the company's usual nomenclature should be a more mid-range chipset.

Qualcomm promised to bring 5G to more affordable price points back at IFA 2019 and has delivered with the Snapdragon 765 and 765G.

In the same press release, OPPO also confirmed that an upcoming smartphone, likely the Reno 3 Pro 5G, will launch in Q1 2020 with the Snapdragon 865.

Qualcomm is saving the nitty-gritty details on the Snapdragon 865 until later in the week at its developer summit.

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