Chip-making giant Qualcomm has already partnered with major Chinese brands such as Lenovo, Huawei, OPPO, Xiaomi, and others to make sure that 5G penetration can take place swiftly. In order to do this, a 5G modem present in a Qualcomm chipset is going to be necessary. We can thank healthy competition for that because the Snapdragon 850 could be the first chipset from Qualcomm to feature a 5G chip.
In a separate report, the Snapdragon 855 is going to be made on TSMC’s 7nm process and without a shadow of a doubt, this chip could also come integrated with the company’s 5G cellular modem. The disappointing part of this news is that the manufacturing process of the Snapdragon 850 is currently unknown. It might get the 7nm treatment, but to save costs, Qualcomm could continue using the Samsung’s second-generation 10nm FinFET architecture, which is currently being used in the Snapdragon 845.
Snapdragon 850 could be used in smartphones and laptops
Qualcomm didn’t just detail the features of the Snapdragon 845, but it also revealed that the chipset will be used in flagship smartphones from multiple brands in addition to being used in connected 2-in-1 and hybrid laptops. There were other announcements of how mobile chipsets could be present in future notebooks, and the ASUS NovaGo and HP Envy X2 are prime examples of such a product category, though they belong to the 2-in-1 sector. Thanks to the low power consumption characteristic of the Snapdragon 835, these machines can deliver a solid 22-hour battery life and remain connected while you are on the go.
Thanks to the Snapdragon 835’s integrated LTE modem, you will be able to remain virtually connected where ever you go. The Snapdragon 850 being present in notebooks will also serve the same purpose but with a few benefits up its sleeve. Apart from being able to deliver slightly better performance for better multitasking opportunities, the Snapdragon 850’s X50 5G cellular modem will give users more freedom to perform a variety of tasks. This will range from fluid voice and video calling as well as rapidly checking email or accessing high-capacity files which are stored on the cloud. There is no concrete announcement date of the Snapdragon 850, but Qualcomm could be aiming to unveil it during the same month as it unveiled the Snapdragon 845.
Remember, Qualcomm is not the only company working day and night to push 5G connectivity rapidly, so we are sure to hear more reports like these in the future. Intel has been making inroads to the LTE modem market, and it is being reported that the iPhones that will be announced this year will exclusively use Intel’s LTE modems because Apple wants to cut out Qualcomm from the ecosystem due to its unfair royalties and patent practices.