- Tram Ho
Qualcomm recently launched the Snapdragon 865 high-end processor, promising to be equipped for flagship phones in the coming 2020. The Snapdragon 865 has a 25% improvement in performance compared to its predecessor Snapdragon 855, which supports high-resolution cameras and better AI processing.
However, one puzzling thing is that Qualcomm designed this high-end processor without an integrated 5G modem chip. This means that flagship smartphones in 2020, which will most likely support 5G, will have to be equipped with an independent modem chip. That makes the space inside the smartphone more limited and consumes more power.
In 2019, 4G smartphones are significantly improved thanks to the processors with built-in modem chips. But by 2020, Qualcomm plans to take a big step backward, when smartphones must return to the period of using independent modem chips.
Even if you don't care about 5G technology, that won't change anything. Because high-end Android smartphones in 2020 will definitely have to use the Snapdragon 865 chip, whether or not it supports 5G network or whether you do not use 5G networks, you still need an independent modem chip to be able to connect. 4G network.
Smartphone manufacturers also have no choice, except when using self-designed processors or other third-party processors, like MediaTek. However, the performance of the Snapdragon 865 is definitely superior to other mobile processors, perhaps inferior to Apple's chips.
It is difficult to understand that while Snapdragon 865 does not have a 5G modem chip, the mid-range Snapdragon 765 processor is built-in. It could also be Qualcomm's test step, before integrating a 5G modem chip into its most advanced SoC line in 2021.
5G technology is fascinating, but do you want to trade in for a lower battery life or a thicker smartphone design? Perhaps 2020 will not be a year of high-end 5G smartphones, but will be a promising year of mid-range 5G smartphones.
Source : Trí Thức Trẻ