Qualcomm has officially announced the next-generation flagship processor for phones, the Snapdragon 865. However, it still requires a separate (and optional) modem to enable 5G instead of a built-in 5G modem integrated directly into the chipset.
Next to the 865, Qualcomm's other new processor, the Snapdragon 765, is announced to feature over 5G. However, it will be part of a less powerful processor than the 865, which is expected to power the next wave of Android flagships in 2020.
Qualcomm pointed out that since February it has been offering Snapdragon chips with integrated 5G modems. At the IFA 201
Instead, the Snapdragon 865 offers 5G support in a similar way to the current generation 855. Manufacturers can add a separate 5G modem (in this case, the second generation X55 model). However, 5G is not included by default because it has the latest and greatest Qualcomm chipset.
Taken together, it's a mixed bag for the early days of the 5G rollout. With the integrated 5G-765 device from the beginning we will finally see some 5G midrange phones (not just ultra-high-end phones). On the other hand, this means that phone manufacturers like Samsung still have to do everything to add 5G to their best phones. And if it is something like 2019, it means they are even more expensive, limited models, rather than a widespread 5G introduction.
As is the tradition of Qualcomm's annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, the difficult details of the two new processors will not be revealed until the December 4 keynote, but announcing new Qualcomm processors is a big deal. Almost every major Android phone uses the Qualcomm 800 series processors. Whatever Qualcomm announces for the 865 will also be a preview of the future of 2020 phones such as the Galaxy S11, OnePlus 8, Pixel 5, Galaxy Note 10, and LG G9, and more.
Learn more about the Snapdragon 865 and 765 tomorrow when the Snapdragon Tech Summit continues. Further information will be available soon.