Thursday, 12 December, 2019

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 and 765 to push ubiquitous 5G in 2020

Cecil Davis | 04 December, 2019, 21:21

Qualcomm said the Snapdragon 865, the chip in the middle in the image above, is "the world's most advanced 5G platform", promising "unmatched connectivity", according to VentureBeat.

At the time, Alen Wu, Oppo vice president, didn't reveal any details about what those devices might be, but Oppo has subsequently confirmed that it will be launching the Oppo Reno3 Pro on the new Snapdragon 765G platform.

Come next year, versions of the Galaxy S11 and Note 11 that will be sold in the U.S. should also feature Qualcomm silicon, including 4G and 5G versions of the Snapdragon 865.

Next year Xiaomi will be releasing more than 10 5G flagship smartphone models.

Qualcomm intends to make 5G technology ubiquitous over the next year. The Snapdragon 865 will be able to support 200-megapixel cameras as well.

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Qualcomm's 2020 roadmap for 5G in mobile devices is, perhaps, a bit surprising.

Breaking through the Samsung-Apple duopoly at the high end of USA phones will be hard for Motorola, although the company has long had a champion in Verizon, our largest carrier and the exclusive carrier for the new Razr. Qualcomm's roadmap often shapes where the mobile devices industry goes, and we know Qualcomm's modems are going to start being used in the 5G iPhone. Technical details for the chipsets are not available yet but it's the Snapdragon X55 modem that will come baked alongside the Snapdragon 865 chipset.

Otherwise there'll be "advanced AI processing", Qualcomm promises, along with "select Snapdragon Elite Gaming experiences". Again, this is the Snapdragon Summit, where the first day is a keynote of vague talk about the future and 5G and more 5G and even more 5G on top of 5G, followed by a mention of the new chipsets as a teaser for tomorrow's day 2 keynote.

Qualcomm also announced 3D Sonic Max, the latest version of its ultrasonic fingerprint sensor for mobile devices. The Galaxy S11, expected in the first few months of 2020, is one of the phones expected to feature the Snapdragon 865, though no formal announcement was made at today's Qualcomm event. The Snapdragon 865 AI Engine includes a new Qualcomm Hexagon Tensor accelerator that's twice as fast relative to its predecessor.

Xiaomi Mi 10 will be one of the first phones with SD865, Bin Lin confirmed during the Qualcomm Summit in Hawaii.