28 April 2020
Qualcomm has announced a pair of new Bluetooth chipsets named QCC514X and QCC304X for truly wireless headphones (TWS). These are aimed at bringing high-end features to budget and mid-range TWS earphones so that more and more users can take the benefits. The QCC514X is a premium segment chipset and QCC304X is a mid-range and entry-level segment chipset.
Both processors come with Qualcomm's TrueWireless Mirroring technology that is claimed to offer more reliable connectivity. In this tech, only one of the earbuds is wirelessly paired with the smartphone and the other bud simply mirrors that connection. If the user goes on to remove the primary earbud for any reason, the secondary bud will automatically and seamlessly take over the connection. The team has also ensured that while using such earbuds, phones will show them as only one and not two.
The second major feature is support for Hybrid ANC which is another Qualcomm tech. It means these new processors could open the door for budget and mid-range TWS earbuds with active noise cancellation. These chips feature dedicated hardware that will offer "super-low latency leak-through of the outside environment to allow for truly natural awareness of the surroundings". It is said that this will further result in increased battery life.
Lastly, Qualcomm has packed both new Bluetooth processors with digital assistant support. The only difference is that QCC514X will also support voice-based activation through hot words like Hey Google and Hey Siri but the QCC304X will be limited to button-based interaction. There are currently no words on when we will be able to see these chipsets in consumer products and from what brands.