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Qualcomm has officially unveiled its next-generation flagship processor for smartphones, the Snapdragon 865. The upcoming flagship chipset will make its debut with the Galaxy S11. Apart from Snapdragon 865, Qualcomm also announced the mid-range Snapdragon 765 chipset, which will feature integrated 5G. Though oddly, for some reason, the company has decided not to reveal key details about these chips until tomorrow’s keynote.
Though what we know so far is that the Snapdragon 865 will not feature integrated 5G, which is kind of surprising. Instead, it’ll pack the separate Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF system, which the company touts as ‘the world’s most advanced 5G platform’. Why the 865 doesn’t have 5G integrated is rather baffling at this point, as manufacturers will need to add 5G separately using the X55 modem, which might hamper a handset’s battery performance. Hopefully, Qualcomm will share more information about the same during tomorrow’s keynote.
Key sources also indicate that the Snapdragon 865 is built using the 7nm manufacturing process, and is said to bring a 25 percent boost in graphics performance over Snapdragon 855.
Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 765 will bring 5G, advanced AI processing, and select Snapdragon Elite Gaming experiences, says Qualcomm. The company also notes that the two new platforms were designed with a focus on 5G and AI.
Qualcomm will share more details on the Snapdragon 865 and 765 tomorrow during its Snapdragon Tech Summit. Until then, keep checking back for more.
Snapdragon 865 Final Tests
During the annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm today unveiled its upcoming flagship processor, the Snapdragon 865. The Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform includes the Snapdragon X55 Modem-RF System to offer 5G connectivity and performance for the next gen smartphones. Qualcomm today also unveiled the Snapdragon 765/765G processors that bring integrated 5G connectivity, AI processing and some Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming experiences to mid-range devices. Qualcomm will reveal more details about both these processors tomorrow. Qualcomm announced that smartphones based on the new Snapdragon 865 and 765/765G will be available in 2020.
“5G will open new and exciting opportunities to connect, compute, and communicate in ways we’ve yet to imagine and we are happy to be a key player driving the adoption of 5G around the world,” said Cristiano Amon, Qualcomm’s president. “Our Snapdragon 5G mobile platforms announced today will continue to show leadership in the industry and deliver on the promise of scaling 5G in 2020.”
The difference between the 765 and 765G
Qualcomm isn’t saying much else about the Snapdragon 865 and its capabilities right now, but we should learn more about it later this week.
Also announced today is the Snapdragon 765 and 765G chips. What’s notable about these two chipsets is that they do have integrated 5G support, meaning we could see some mid-range phones equipped with an SD765 and 5G connectivity next year.
The difference between the 765 and 765G is that the latter is focused on gaming phones. For example, earlier this year Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 730G, a gaming-focused version of the Snapdragon 730 with an enhanced GPU for up to 15 percent faster graphics rendering.
Qualcomm says that it expects its new Snapdragon 865 and 765/765G chips to “power the most advanced Android-based smartphones launching in 2020”.