At the IFA 2019 trade show, Qualcomm announced its 5G integrated 6, 7 and 8 series. Snapdragon 6 and 7 series chipset will be used in mid-range smartphones while the 8 series be for upcoming 5G capable flagship devices. There is a very limited number of 5G smartphones as the technology was introduce this year. And also, these devices come under the premium segments. So, Qualcomm will introduce Snapdragon SoCs with integrated 5G modems next year for the expansion of 5G through mid-range devices. In addition, Qualcomm also said that it will be able to connect to sub-6Ghz and mmWave spectrums.
Qualcomm also reveals that that smartphone manufacturer like Oppo, Realme, Redmi, Vivo, Motorola, HMD, and LG are already in the queue to use Qualcomm’s upcoming 5G platform in their midrange offerings with the new Snapdragon 7 series chipset. These chipsets will work on 7nm process and expected to commercially available in Q4 2019 this year.
The Snapdragon 6 series will offer a wider range of 5G experience to its potential customers. It will be available in the second half of 2020.
Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager of mobile services at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., said:
‘Qualcomm Technologies delivered the world’s first and most advanced 5G mobile platform including the first comprehensive Modem-RF System to accelerate 5G commercialization in 2019. And we are uniquely positioned to accelerate 5G commercialization to scale globally with our OEM and operator customers with expanded mobile platform offerings across our Snapdragon 8 Series, 7 Series and 6 Series in 2020.’
Current 5G Handsets:
According to the reports, Most of the 5G handsets currently present in the market uses Qualcomm 5G modem that’s separate from their main processor. Not integrated with main processor. However, earlier this year, Qualcomm announced that next-generation flagship 8-series processor. It will come with an integrated 5G modem and commercially available in 2020.
Qualcomm has aimed to provide a 5G experience for more than 2 billion smartphone users. The company will provide more details on this later this year.