Qualcomm unveils next-generation flagship processor

Thursday, 05 Dec, 2019

Earlier today, Qualcomm stated that the Snapdragon 865 is equipped with X55 5G baseband. While the 865 marks the flagship end of Qualcomm's portfolio, there's also a Snapdragon 765/765G chipset with integrated 5G capabilities. The 5G modem in these new chips support a peak download speed of up to 3.7Gbps and upload speeds of up to 1.6Gbps. Also, Mi Note 10 is a rebranded version of Mi CC9 Pro.

Next year Xiaomi will be releasing more than 10 5G flagship smartphone models. Most promised a 2020 availability but others have gone ahead by offering 5G this year. While all four major USA carriers have flipped the switch on 5G coverage in some areas, it's still largely restricted at this point to select parts of certain cities. On top of that, a 5G Mi Watch 2 is also in Xiaomi's plans.

This year has a very special focus, as Qualcomm is pushing its advances and deployment of its 5G network devices. It can handle 4K HDR video capture and pictures up to 192 megapixels in size.

Senior VP and general manager of mobile technologies at Qualcomm revealed the company's two-fold vision for 5G connectivity. It's the second-gen 5G mode, following the Snapdragon X50. Whereas Qualcomm's ISPs in the past have been able to process just one pixel per clock cycle on the ISP, the Spectra 480 can process four pixels on each cycle.

The 5G-capable X55 could also be used in conjunction with the Snapdragon 855 SoC, but the combination was not mandatory. Xiaomi confirmed that the upcoming Redmi K30 will be powered by Snapdragon 765 5G chipset.

The Hexagon is at the heart of Qualcomm's voice detection, too, and the Snapdragon 865 can react to multiple wake-words.

For smartphone computational photography fans, Qualcomm's 765 platform's multi-camera capture will enable telephoto, wide and ultrawide lenses without additional equipment. The difference between 765 amd 765G also hasn't been disclosed yet, and that "G" doesn't mean 5G, as both chips have the modem inside. We're waiting for details on that front, which are likely to emerge this week.

During the keynote, little technical detail of the SD 865 was shared.

There's no word on a full list of devices will get this upgrade but most manufacturers use Qualcomm's chips so expect Samsung, LG, Sony and OnePlus to announce news about this upgrade in the coming months. So, Qualcomm is essentially forcing flagship phone makers to buy 5G modems and make the changeover in 2020.

As you might expect for SoCs that will be powering the bulk of flagship Android smartphones in 2020, all three SKUs bring 5G connectivity to the table.

Android users have been given a major boost today with Qualcomm announcing its latest and greatest smartphone processor.