Xiaomi, Oppo to use Qualcomm's newest mobile phone chips

Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max

3D Sonic Max allowing for dual fingerprint authentication. Source Qualcomm

"5G will open new and exciting opportunities to connect, compute, and communicate in ways we've yet to imagine and we are happy to be a key player driving the adoption of 5G around the world", said Qualcomm Incorporated President, Cristiano Amon.

To that end, Qualcomm is announcing not one, but two 5G mobile chipsets this year, along with a whole host of other 5G talking points across various market segments.

Arguably the biggest week in Qualcomm's calendar has arrived, with the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 promising new chipsets, speedier smartphones, and great lashings of 5G. It later launched the Snapdragon 730 and 730G, which featured a faster Adreno 618 GPU optimized for mobile gaming.

CPU, GPU, RF, modem, AI, and the camera - Qualcomm dominates with its new Snapdragon 865. Last year, Qualcomm launched the X50 modem as part of the Snapdragon 855 platform, but the modem was a discrete component supporting the longer-range sub-6GHz bands, as well as the short-range, high-bandwidth "millimeter-wave" technology.

As for the Snapdragon 765, Motorola appeared at the Qualcomm event to pledge that it would use the new chip to bring 5G to a wider class of devices.

Qualcomm's 2020 roadmap for 5G in mobile devices is, perhaps, a bit surprising.

The naming convention also hints it'll come to slightly cheaper Android phones (like past 700-series chips have from Qualcomm), bringing 5G to more people, not just top-tier smartphone buyers, in 2020. The first of these should be with us in early 2020. That's potentially even more important than the Snapdragon 865's choice of modem, since 5G really needs to spread to more affordable devices if it's to gain mass-market traction. The first of these handsets will likely be announced in Q1 2020 as well. They have also become major Qualcomm customers, with both Xiaomi and Oppo's parent group each accounting for more than 10% of Qualcomm's $24.2 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year.

We are on site all week to keep you informed of the latest developments, but if you want to view the various keynote comments from Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit, you can do that too.

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