23 September 2020
We saw 5G going all mainstream this year. Those were not only the flagship phones that contributed to increasing the market share of 5G but also some mid-range offerings from the manufacturers. However, that is not its true evolution because it still has to cross one big milestone and that is to be available in budget phones as well. It appears Qualcomm will help 5G to reach its goal and widespread across countries.
At IFA 2020, Qualcomm officially announced that it will introduce 5G support for entry-level Snapdragon 4 series chips early next year. This means by the time, we may see many low-cost 5G mobile phones going commercial and boosting the figures of overall 5G-enabled devices in the world.
At present, Xiaomi has come forward to announce that it will be the first to announce phones adopting the Snapdragon 400 chipsets in the first batch. Motorola and Oppo have also committed to introducing phones powered by the upcoming 5G-enabled in the first wave of devices coming in Q1 2021. So, 5G will come to phones that will retail for $125 to $250.
Currently, over 80 carriers around the world have rolled out 5G service. Needless to say, Qualcomm will target emerging markets like India with the new Snapdragon 400 chipsets as evident from what the company addressed that the expansion will address “3.5 billion smartphone users.”
More specific details and possible capabilities will surface as we move forward to the next year. We will get to know what the low-budget 5G enabled phones are capable of.