Qualcomm announced the next generation of chipsets for mid-range gaming phones: the Snapdragon 732G, which will power the device Google Pixel 5a and Xiaomi Mi Note 11.
This is because the new chipset replaces the Snapdragon 730G, which was launched in mid-2019 and powers the Google Pixel 4a, Xiaomi Mi Note 10 family, and other mid-range phones. At least one phone manufacturer – POCO – has already confirmed this with Qualcomm Press release It will use the 732G in one of its future phones.
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Snapdragon 732G: the best new chipset under 5G
The Snapdragon 732G has an X15 LTE modem with no 5G connectivity. This sets a clear line between the cheaper midrange phones that run on this chipset, and (presumably) anyone lower numbered, and the minimal 5G capable chipset, the Snapdragon 765 and 765G.
It is no surprise that we will continue to see 4G LTE-only phones as 5G infrastructure has expanded, especially given the rise in the price of 5G connectivity that we’ve seen on this year’s 5G phones. The question was: what is the threshold between these two groups?
That answer seems to be the Snapdragon 765, and any chipset below it can’t connect to 5G. That could of course change, especially if the Qualcomm processors that are replacing the Snapdragon 675 (found in the TCL 10 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A70, and other phones) could offer 5G capabilities for budget and / or midrange phones. But we’ll have to wait and see what Qualcomm has to offer.