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

It appears that device makers will have to make a choice between flagship performance and integrated 5G, as the Snapdragon 865 SoC will still be augmented by the Snapdragon X55 Modem in order to deliver "truly global 5G".

Updated at 4:07 p.m. ET: We have additional details about the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765.

Then there are the Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G.

And 5G networks figure to be more prevalent in the coming year.

At Qualcomm's recent analyst meeting, Qualcomm projected that 5G adoption would be faster than 4G due to China commercialization and the availability of chipsets that will work across the 5G technologies and spectrums.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 also includes FastConnect 6800 connectivity for Wi-Fi 6.

In fact, this chip will support two Gigapixels per second which means 8K video can be filmed at a pretty astounding 30fps. In 2020, Qualcomm projected 175 million to 225 million 5G handsets with more than 450 million in 2021 before accelerating to more than 750 million in 2022.

The Snapdragon 765/765G was also unveiled today and features "integrated 5G connectivity, AI processing and select Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming experiences".

If the Snapdragon 865 is the expected news, then the Snapdragon 765 is the wildcard of the week. 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.

We do have news of one of the first adopters of the new flagship processor. Its flagship mobile chipset, the Snapdragon 865, will not ship with integrated 5G capabilities and will instead rely on an extern modem. We're waiting for details on that front, which are likely to emerge this week. 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 a new in-display fingerprint sensor named the 3D Sonic Max. The Snapdragon 865 still adopts eight CPU cores (one large, three middle, and four small cores). Xiaomi confirmed that Xiaomi Mi 10 will be among the first phones to feature SD865.

The other newly-announced Snapdragon platform is the Snapdragon 765/765G.



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