Qualcomm kicked off its annual Snapdragon Summit (in Maui, Hawaii, no less) with announcements on 5G and of course, the mobile platforms that will power the Android phones of 2020. While the focus of Day 1 of the summit was almost entirely on 5G and how it's going to mature, we did glean some information on the upcoming Snapdragon 865 chip and the more mainstream Snapdragon 765 and 765G chips that will make their presence felt in the near future.
AI processing also gets a boost with Qualcomm claiming a 2x improvement in performance over last year's flagship 855, and a 3x improvement over that of competitors. Interestingly, while the Snapdragon 865 is Qualcomm's flagship platform for the year ahead, it doesn't feature an integrated 5G modem, which will in fact be an optional extra. This makes sense given that 5G networks need time to mature, especially in a country like India.
Graphics performance has been improved by 25% over last year’s 855. Overall AI performance has apparently gone up 2x.— Tech2 (@tech2eets) December 3, 2019
Unlike the 865, the new Snapdragon 765 and gaming optimised 765G chipsets will be the ones to feature an integrated 5G modem. HMD's Juho Sarvikas seemed particularly keen on the 765 platform, suggesting that what users want is a premium 5G experience, but at a more affordable price tag. "Not everyone wants a $1,000 phone," he said.
Sub-6 and mmWave bands are needed to make 5G work. pic.twitter.com/ON6SwB4UA0— Tech2 (@tech2eets) December 3, 2019
Xiaomi and Oppo both confirmed that they will be releasing 865-powered phones early next year. Expect to see announcements to that effect at CES 2019 and MWC 2019 in January and February respectively. Disclaimer: The correspondent was invited to the Snapdragon Summit at Maui by Qualcomm. All expenses relating to travel and accommodation were taken care of by Qualcomm.
#Snapdragon765 and #Snapdragon765G are official. They’re the first fully integrated 5G platforms, says @qualcomm. pic.twitter.com/XtzyZg6J4H— Tech2 (@tech2eets) December 3, 2019