23 September 2020
Qualcomm must be gearing to up to build next-gen mobile phone processors. The name of the chipset is not confirmed but we believe it to be Snapdragon 875, iteration to Snapdragon 865 processor. According to reports, Samsung Semiconductor Company has won the contract to manufacture the entire batch of Snapdragon 875 processors for next-year flagship phones.
This means Samsung has managed to offer a better deal over TSMC to Qualcomm. This is the first time Samsung has grabbed all the orders and will be the sole manufacturer of the next year's flagship processors for mobile phones.
Taking reference to the past, Qualcomm could introduce the new Snapdragon 875 processors in December. And, going by some of the early rumors, Samsung’s own Galaxy S21 will make use of it, followed by other companies that also unveil their flagship offerings with Qualcomm’s new chipset every year.
The deal will reportedly cost Qualcomm somewhere between $850 and $1 billion.
Over the years, several smartphone manufacturers have pledged their allegiance to Snapdragon chipsets and the next year is going to be no different as well. In fact, more manufacturers are expected to join as Qualcomm has pledged to deliver 5G to low-end phones as well.
The details on the Snapdragon 875 processor are pretty scarce but some early reports have suggested an integrated X60 5G modem. This is the latest 5G modem that Qualcomm announced back in February and it supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands. This new modem promises better battery life, speed, and overall performance. The Snapdragon 875 may get accompanied by Adreno 660 GPU, Qualcomm’s Secure Processing Unit (SPU250), spectra 580 image-processing engine, and more. Also, the Snapdragon 875 SoC could support 100W fast-charging speeds and Xiaomi may become the first phone manufacturer to utilize this feature support.