Qualcomm Could Launch Its Upcoming Snapdragon 865 Processor in Two Versions: Report

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G

Even as people have just started using new 2019 flagship devices with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, we are already starting to hear rumors about the successor to this chipset. Later this year, Qualcomm will announce this flagship grade processor – the Snapdragon 865. A tweet from German Tech blogger Roland Quandt talks about some of the features that the Snapdragon 865 chipset could bring to the table. In particular, Roland talks about the enhanced 5G capabilities of the SoC. Interestingly, however, he also goes on to add that there could also be a version of the Snapdragon 865 without 5G support.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: What we know

As mentioned in the introductory paragraph, we know that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 could be offered in two versions, a fully functional 5G support enabled version and a cheaper version without 5G support. This lower tier version will be cheaper than the 5G version while being equally powerful. The need for this version is because of the fact that several markets will not be 5G ready even in 2020. In these markets, it would make sense for Qualcomm, its clients, and the general populace to have a relatively affordable version of the powerful chipset to keep the overall costs down.

5G Smartphone and Networks: Current status

In case you did not already know this, you can actually buy a couple of 5G capable devices from the stores already. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is sold in a 5G avatar which is markedly pricier than its 4G counterpart. However, even in countries where there are a handful of 5G cellular companies, the 5G experience will almost definitely be marred by the fact that the overall coverage would pale in comparison to what 4G networks currently offer.

The list of countries where the 4G version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset would come to will almost definitely include India. The country is yet to fully adopt 4G VoLTE and it would be a miracle if cellular networks would start offering 5G services anytime soon here. Even Reliance Jio which had invested billions of dollars on its VoLTE capable network would not be very keen on having 5G up and running here any time soon.


Having spent the better part of the last decade writing about technology, Rahul is among the most experienced tech journalists in India. His writing career began back to 2006 when he started off as a member of the Microsoft PYPC (Protect Your PC) team. At Microsoft, most of his time was spent on creating and updating Microsoft’s Knowledge Base articles. In 2008, thanks to his proclivity for consumer technology, he joined Techtree, then India’s most popular consumer tech website. In his decade-long career, Rahul has contributed to several Indian and International publications including GQ Magazine, Onlygizmos, iPhoneHacks, and The Inquisitr.