Qualcomm Technologies announced that its next flagship processor for smartphones will work in tandem with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem, designed to support the new 5G wireless standard. The new flagship processor, which is supposedly named Snapdragon 855, will be built on the basis of 7-nm process technology, the portal Digital Trends. It will become smaller, faster and more energy efficient than Snapdragon 845, the current top of the company.
Who will produce new processors is a question. Recently Qualcomm relied on Samsung, however, according to Engadget portal, there is a possibility that Qualcomm will select TSMC for the production of a new generation of chips, since the latter is substantially further than Samsung has advanced in standardizing the 7-nm process technology and will be ready for the production of the Snapdragon X50 5G modem .
The Snapdragon X50 5G modem was introduced in 2016, but it has never been used in smartphones. Qualcomm expects that its development will be the first mobile platform with support for the standard 5G and will first appear in the premium segment of flagship smartphones.
The company also noted that test samples of the technology have already been sent to several smartphone manufacturers, and the company itself expects to see real progress aimed at spreading support for the 5G standard already this year.
“We are very pleased to work with OEMs, operators, infrastructure suppliers and technology standardization organizations around the world and are preparing to launch the first mobile 5G hot spots by the end of 2018, as well as the release of smartphones in the first half of 2019 that will use our mobile platform of a new generation, “- said the president of Qualcomm Incorporated Cristiano Amon.
The main advantage of the 5G standard over the 4G standard is, of course, the speed of wireless data transmission. For example, test samples of the 5G Moto Mod module , intended for a Moto Z3 smartphone not having native native support, under laboratory conditions showed data download speed at 3.5 Gbit / s. It is expected that in real conditions the speed will reach 1 Gbit / s. The peak rate of traffic return in turn was about 1.2 Gbit / s. In real conditions, it is expected to be 350 – 450 Mbit / s.
As already mentioned above, the smartphones of the premium segment will be the first devices that will receive support for the new standard of wireless data transmission integrated with the new Snapdragon 855 processor. Speech, most likely, goes about Samsung Galaxy S10, LG G8 ThinQ and other powerful devices which we will see in the beginning of 2019.
With a full list of technical features of the new flagship mobile processor, we will be able to see in the fourth quarter of 2018, just before the announcement of new devices that will work on its base.