Qualcomm Technologies has announced that its next flagship processor for smartphones will be paired with the Snapdragon modem X50 5G, designed to support the new wireless standard 5G. A new flagship CPU, which presumably will be called Snapdragon 855, will be built on the basis of a 7-nm process, according to the portal Digital Trends. It will become smaller, faster and more energy efficient compared to the Snapdragon 845 – the current top of the company.
Who will produce the new processors – the question. Recently Qualcomm has relied on Samsung, however, as informs a portal Engadget, there is a possibility that Qualcomm to produce a new generation of chips will choose TSMC because the latter is considerably further than Samsung advanced in standardization 7-nm process will be ready for production modem Snapdragon X50 5G.
Modem Snapdragon X50 5G was introduced in 2016, but he’s still never been used in smartphones. Qualcomm expects that its development will be the first mobile platform with support for the 5G standard and first appears in the premium segment flagship smartphones.
The company also noted that samples of this technology have already been sent to several manufacturers of smartphones, and the company expects to see real progress, aims to spread the support of the 5G standard this year.
“We are very pleased to work with OEMs, operators, vendors, infrastructures and organizations for standardization of technologies across the world and are preparing to launch the first 5G mobile hotspots by the end of 2018, as well as the release of the smartphone in the first half of 2019, who will use our mobile platform for a new generation,” — said the President of the Incorporated Qualcomm Cristiano Amon.
The main advantage of the standard 5G over the 4G standard is, of course, the speed of wireless data transmission. For example, test samples module 5G Moto Moddesigned for smartphone Moto Z3 that does not have native support of the standard in the laboratory showed the download speed at 3.5 GB/s. it is Expected that in real conditions the speed will reach 1 Gbps. Peak upload speed of traffic, in turn, made up about 1.2 GB/s. In real conditions it is expected to reach 350 — 450 Mbit/s.
As mentioned above, the first devices which will get integrated with a new Snapdragon 855 the new standard for wireless data transmission will become smartphones in the premium segment. Speech most likely goes about the Samsung Galaxy S10, LG ThinQ G8 and other powerful devices that we see at the beginning of 2019.
A complete list of features of the new flagship mobile processor we can see in the fourth quarter of 2018, just before the announcement of the new devices that will run on its base.