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Qualcomm to expand 5G chips into mid-priced phones next year

Qualcomm roadmap for 2020 includes 5G SoCs for the Snapdragon 8 7 and 6 Series Qualcomm announces 5G connectivity for upcoming 7-Series and 6-Series Snapdragon chipsets Qualcomm is Bringing 5G Connectivity to 7 Series Snapdragon Chipsets
Emmett Howard | 10 September, 2019, 14:34

Analysts say faster 5G networks will spur many consumers to upgrade their phones after years of market stagnation, although 5G devices are coming to some markets before networks are completed. While the company has led the way in 5G tech for flagships, and seen off rival Intel in the process, an announcement today means 5G tech will become more widespread.

This is where Qualcomm's new integrated 5G chips come in. In fact, Qualcomm has revealed that it is already in talks with at least 12 different smartphone vendors like OPPO, Realme, Vivo, Redmi, Motorola, LG, and HMD Global (Nokia). Qualcomm is a major player in this regard and that is why this news is important. Once Qualcomm expands 5G functionality to its 6 series and 7 series processors, though, 5G will no longer be the domain of only top-end devices. As for smartphones with Snapdragon 600 series featuring 5G support, we'll have to wait till the second half of 2020. The 6 series and 7 series are affordable. Amon projected that expanding the company's 5G across its product line will make 5G accessible to more than 2 billion users.

We'll hear more about that in a few weeks, but for now, Qualcomm also had an antenna announcement that could change the picture of 5G in the US.

The new Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System- Qualcomm roadmap for 2020 includes 5G SoCs for the Snapdragon 8 7 and 6 Series
The new Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System

Qualcomm also announced that while it already supports fixed wireless access (FWA) solutions, it's adding to its portfolio with the QTM527 mmWave antenna module, which it says it "truly groundbreaking" in that it's the first announced fully-integrated extended-range mmWave antenna module built specifically for 5G FWA CPEs.

Now, none of that matters: Qualcomm is rebadging its complete end-to-end solutions as "5G Modem RF Systems", starting with the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem RF System. Verizon has promised 5G-based home internet systems in late 2019, but they'll be based on earlier hardware that won't get this kind of range. It relies on a standalone modem likewise sold by Qualcomm for connectivity. The company declared this news at IFA 2019. With telecom operators and phone makers trying to push the envelope on 5G connectivity, Qualcomm is now looking to democratize 5G support. Because it will be more than just a novelty stuck in a handful of expensive phones. The chips will include the aforementioned Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF System which as we've already pointed out, now includes the Snapdragon X55 5G modem (with support for mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G networks), an RF transceiver and RF Front-end.

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