05 December 2019
Qualcomm's annual Snapdragon Tech Summit has begun and as expected, it has announced two new 5G processors named Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765. These are meant for 2020 flagship and upper mid-range smartphones respectively to make 5G accessible for as many users as possible.
Starting with the Snapdragon 865, it comes with Snapdragon X55 which is a discreet 5G modem. It means despite being a flagship processor, it does not come with an integrated 5G modem. This will result in OEMs looking for more space to fit both the chip and modem which will eventually lead to slightly more expensive devices.
It is worth noting that the new release is a package deal which means if any OEM chooses Snapdragon 865, it will have no choice but to use the Snapdragon X55 5G modem. The chip cannot be used for releasing 4G smartphones. It is a direct successor to last year's Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 855 Plus processors. It will be seen in almost all the major 2020 flagships including the Xiaomi Mi 10.
The Snapdragon 765 5G is a processor meant for mid-range smartphones and comes with an integrated 5G modem. It is the first Qualcomm processor with an integrated 5G modem. It has not revealed exact technical details of this modem yet but we are expecting to be less powerful than the flagship offering. It further has Snapdragon Elit Gaming support for a smoother and powerful gaming experience. It is confirmed to arrive with the upcoming Redmi K30 and Oppo Reno 3 Pro smartphones. This new processor is also available without an integrated 5G modem where it can be used for 4G smartphone launches.
This is pretty much what we know about Snapdragon 865 5G, Snapdragon 765 5G, and Snapdragon 765 processors. Qualcomm is expected to reveal more details in the coming days of the tech summit. We will keep you updated as and when any new details will become public.