It has long been clear that Qualcomm, the market leader in mobile processors, would introduce them by the end of the year. But now the curtain rises and the stage is set. Because in the next few days Qualcomm will show three new 5G processors and their AI capabilities in detail. The flagship Snapdragon 865 processor is particularly interesting. The successor to the Snapdragon 855+ has the internal X55-5G modem and therefore the connection to the new cellular standard, ad hoc, so to speak.
8K video and 200 megapixel images
At the Snapdragon Summit, Alex Katouzian conjured up some details with his hat, but he has yet to announce any technical details. However, the camera specs that the Snapdragon 865 enables are impressive. With it it will be possible for you to take pictures with up to 200 megapixels. The computer can also process 8K videos. 4K videos can also be recorded at up to 120 frames per second.
There weren’t many more details about the Snapdragon 865 on day one, but Katouzian announced that it will set new records in terms of speed, 5G, camera, artificial intelligence, and graphics.
5G and AI from Qualcomm now also in the middle class
For many users, however, a different pair of processors is important. Because they are probably built into more affordable smartphone models than the high-end Snapdragon 865 processor. With the Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G, you can assume that 5G will be in the 500 euro league. With a little patience, the first 5G smartphones should hit the market for less than 400 euros. Qualcomm has heralded the “G” model as an explicit gaming specialist. It’s not particularly clear, but the statement “and select Snapdragon Elite Gaming experiences” probably refers to the “G” aming model. So overall, Qualcomm’s 5G and AI will soon be available on even more devices.
Alex Katouzian, vice president and director of the “mobile” division of Qualcomm Technologies, announced that artificial intelligence will also be the focus of the three new processors. However, it is not more specific and, above all, the announcements still lacked technical data. Only the oldest modem is praised to the sky: “The Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF system is the most advanced 5G platform in the world, providing unmatched connectivity and performance for the next generation of flagship devices.”
Competition for Qualcomm is fierce
This sets the stage for one more year of the 5G development race in the chip market. After all, Qualcomm is now competing with Samsung and its Exynos 980, the Mediatek Dimensity 1000 and Huawei’s Kirin 990. The Qualcomm Advantage: Americans are selling their processors to whoever they want. Huawei and Samsung only use them on their own smartphones. However, this is also becoming a problem for Qualcomm. Because the two competing processors would also be the biggest chip buyers.
What’s behind the “G” aming of the Snapdragon 765G and how much the flagship Snapdragon 865 processor can actually do will become clear in the coming days. But the signs are pointing to 5G and Qualcomm AI for everyone, including the middle class.