CHIPMAKER Qualcomm's next flagship processor will boast an integrated 5G modem, paving the way for thinner, lighter and cheaper 5G devices.
As it stands, pretty much all 5G smartphones - the Galaxy S10 5G, Xiaomi's Mi Mix 3 5G and OnePlus' incoming 5G smartphone - make use of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 modem, which has an integrated LTE modem rather than a 5G modem. This means the aforementioned devices have to squeeze in a separate 5G modem in the form of the Snapdragon X50.
This will make for a more power efficient chip and will take up less room inside devices, leaving more space for bigger batteries. An all-in-one SoC will also enable OEMs to make thinner, lighter and cheaper 5G devices.
Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm, swooned: "The integration of our breakthrough 5G multimode modem and application processing technologies into a single SoC is a major step in making 5G more widely available across regions and tiers following the wave of flagship 5G devices from the more than 20 OEMs and 20 mobile operators who have committed to launching 5G networks and mobile handsets based on our 5G modems this year."
Samsung will be the first company to adopt the 5G chip, Qualcomm said during its MWC presser on Monday, likely inside next year's Galaxy S11.
"Samsung has been at the forefront of taking 5G from cutting-edge concept to reality," said June Hee Lee, the head of Samsung's technology strategy team. "We are putting the most advanced network innovations directly in the hands of consumers to deliver the fastest speeds possible."
Qualcomm is also planning to bring 5G to next-generation Windows laptops. The firm on Monday launched the Snapdragon 8cx 5G 'platform, which combines Qualcomm's 7nm Snapdragon 8xc SoC with its Snapdragon X55 5G modem to enable PC makers to offer "always-on" 5G capabilities in their next-gen devices. µ
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