Qualcomm and other manufacturers are betting that 5G connectivity is going to burst with popularity starting from 2019. A total of 18 manufacturers have already committed to using the company’s 5G modem, which at this point is called the Snapdragon X50.
There are lots of phone makers that sell their devices using Qualcomm’s components and these devices are not just going to be limited to smartphones, as evidenced by the rise of notebooks that are using mobile chipsets to function and handle ‘day to day’ tasks.
Samsung might not use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50
Samsung is also competing with Qualcomm in 5G connectivity race and if the latter has a Snapdragon champion that will be getting ready for deployment then the Korean tech giant also has a trick or two up its sleeve. While Qualcomm had made the announcement of the Snapdragon X50 modem a long time ago, it has not been confirmed which chipset will feature this internal change.
Our attention can be turned towards the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850, but it is also the Snapdragon 855 that could get the Snapdragon X50. A few of the manufacturers that will employ the 5G modem from next year have been listed as follows:
- OPPO Vivo
Bear in mind that this is not the complete list of manufacturers that will take advantage of 5G hardware. Perhaps they want things to remain in the shadows for the time being. While Samsung will be using its own 5G deployments and other resources, when selling its Galaxy S10 or Galaxy X, as rumors are calling it, the company will need to sell phones in America using Qualcomm’s chipsets, meaning that a small market is going to be taken away from the giant.
MWC 2018 is going to start in a few weeks, and you can expect that Qualcomm is going to be present there. Hopefully, the trade show will also reveal other manufacturers that will sell mobile phones featuring 5G hardware and are designed to deliver extremely fast uplink and downlink speeds.