Previously, it was mentioned that Qualcomm would be supplying its X50 5G modem to a total of 18 manufacturers and not surprisingly, Samsung’s name was not present in this list. Samsung instead would be competing with Qualcomm in this 5G race with its own hardware, but it still looks like Samsung is going to be using Qualcomm’s internals for its future devices, thanks to some agreements.
Cristiano Amon, the President of Qualcomm has confirmed that thanks to the new cross-licensing deal between the chipmaker and Samsung, future devices will eventually be seeing the Snapdragon X50 5G modem in phones and other machines starting 2019.
Snapdragon X50 5G modem in Samsung’s phones in key markets
This partnership possibly means that smartphones in America will be using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G modem. This can mean that the Galaxy S10, or the Galaxy X will be sold in this country bearing a different 5G modem than the company’s own.
Samsung is currently the biggest smartphone manufacturer on the Android side of things so having it under partnership with Qualcomm means that the company is going to stay relevant in the market for years to come. 5G is expected to be the biggest mobile connectivity breakthrough that we’ve seen in years and carriers are rushing to upgrade their equipment so that customers are able to experience first-hand what it feels to run a 5G connection on their handsets.
Snapdragon chipsets are also going to be present in future notebooks, where users can experience an ‘all-day’ battery life. These machines are also going to be a key area where Samsung plans on making notebooks and the company will be relying on the cross-licensing deal to make sure that it is able to churn out notebooks that can deliver between 20-22 hours of battery life.
Samsung will most certainly have something to say during the MWC 2018 show about 5G and its benefits and hopefully, the company will have a few nice things to say about its partnership with Qualcomm, which should last for several years.