14 January 2020
Top semiconductor companies are fueling the 5G business by launching their chipsets for smartphones of every range. The 5G tech which was launched as an exclusive asset of the flagship smartphones is going to become a staple for even the mid-range ones in 2020, thanks to some mid-range 5G chipsets.
The aim is to offer the speed of 5G to even the budget-conscious users, hence we see Qualcomm and MediaTek launching the mid-tier 5G chipsets. Speaking of the low-end or mid-range phones, the obvious names that come up are basically the Chinese players – Oppo, Xiaomi, and Vivo. The three companies have some affordable offerings and they have even launched their 5G devices in the market. Now, according to some reports, these are also planning to launch some affordable 5G smartphones in the market. The exact details are unknown but expect them to make use of the newest processors that Qualcomm and MediaTek offer.
However, these Chinese companies aren’t the only ones contributing to the fierce 5G competition as Samsung is also planning to bring its offering in the mid-range 5G phones business.
According to a report from ChinaTimes, Samsung may also bring comparatively low-end 5G phones using MediaTek’s mid-range MT6885 and MT6873 5G chipsets. Reportedly Samsung is currently in contact with MediaTek for the introduction of mainstream and affordable 5G smartphone chips in the Samsung Galaxy A series and other low-end models.
Notably, the two chipsets could also come in Huawei’s affordable lineup of smartphones in 2020.
So, it is fair to assume that the competition will revolve mostly around 5G and its applications next year and we will see the biggest contribution from smartphone manufacturers.
Qualcomm has already predicted that around 200M phones will make use of its 5G chips. And, others being on the bandwagon, you can imagine the large sums flooding the market soon.
MediaTek is also said to be developing a more advanced millimeter wave (mmWave) frequency band which will bring faster 5G speeds, though this tech is arriving in 2021.