New Android phones have not been announced for 2020, but the chip that likely powers many of them has been named.
The Snapdragon 865 chipset was officially announced by Qualcomm at its annual Snapdragon Summit, as the company said it will focus on 5G and AI capabilities.
Details on the performance and features of this 7nm chipset – which is said to be less than a penny – are still kept under wraps. However, we know it will leverage the new Snapdragon X55 5G modem RF system promoted by Qualcomm as the most advanced 5G platform in the world.
What phones get the Snapdragon 865? Continuing the popular Snapdragon 855 chipset found in the heart of the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, the OnePlus 7 Pro, the LG G8, the Google Pixel 4, and several other top-of-the-line Android phones.
That means you In the coming months, the Samsung Galaxy S11, Note 11, OnePlus 8, LG G9, and Google Pixel 5 are likely to use this 5G chipset. It is expected that the first 865-capable phones will be released in February or just before MWC 2020.
Sometimes it's easier to specify which phones will not receive this chipset than what. Huawei and sometimes Samsung for selected markets make their own chipsets for smartphones. Apple has always developed its own chipset for the iPhone, although it is reportedly using the Qualcomm Modem 2020 again to deliver the first 5G iPhone.
Currently, very few of the best Android phones do not use a Snapdragon chip, so the flagship Snapdragon 865's capabilities and benchmarking will tell us a lot about our smartphones in 2020.
5G for the masses? Snapdragon 765 Points Out
Interestingly enough, there will be a second 5G chipset platform: the Snapdragon 765 / 765G. It has built-in 5G features (highlighting the 865 chips not).
The naming convention also suggests that there will be some cheaper Android phones (as is the case with Qualcomm's earlier 700 series chips), making 2020 5G more people, not just premium smartphones Buyers will be available.
We will talk more about the Snapdragon Summit this week, which is one way to predict how Android phones and laptops will change over the next 12 months.