Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 865 and 765

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 865 and 765

Given that this is just Day 1 of Qualcomm's 3-day tech extravaganza, the company is being rather light on details for now.

The Snapdragon 865 is not really unexpected given Qualcomm's nearly predictable cadence when it comes to its flagship silicon. Xiaomi says its Snapdragon 865-based phone will be called the Mi 10. The lower-cost Snapdragon 765 platform could lead to a follow-up for Moto's Z3 and Z4, which anchored the low end of Verizon's 5G line this year. But Qualcomm hasn't just announced the Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform - which was expected - but it also announced the Snapdragon 765/765G Mobile Platforms.

The Snapdragon 765 offers integrated 5G connectivity via a new Snapdragon modem.

Alongside the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, the company also announced the Snapdragon 765 5G and Snapdragon 765G 5G SoCs with an integrated X52 5G modem.

Specifically, Katzouian said, the Snapdragon 865 will be built around the Snapdragon X55, Qualcomm's second-gen 5G modem that the company launched in February of this year.

In the flagship tier, the Snapdragon 865 will undoubtedly power most of 2020's premium smartphones, most of which will now boast 5G capabilities.

In addition to selling the computing chips and modems for mobile phones, Qualcomm has also been trying to persuade phone makers to use more of its other components, such as antenna chips for connecting to 5G networks.

Which phones will get the Snapdragon 865? Getting 5G to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 700 series of chipsets should mean more affordable 5G phones in 2020.

The other newly-announced Snapdragon platform is the Snapdragon 765/765G. The Galaxy S11, expected in the first few months of 2020, is one of the phones expected to feature the Snapdragon 865, though no formal announcement was made at today's Qualcomm event. The latter was announced a year ago alongside the Snapdragon 855, an umbrella term for things like filmic tone mapping, cinematic color grading in HDR, and more. With the 765 providing built-in 5G proper out of the field, it implies that we'll begin to lastly see some midrange 5G telephones (not simply extremely high-end ones).

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