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Qualcomm will offer 5G chips in mid-range phones next year

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Currently, most of the 5G-ready phones are pretty expensive for many customers. A few handset manufacturers have promised already to offer budget-friendly 5G connectivity devices in the time to come.  However, an essential piece of information we often tend to forget here is the chip, as just Qualcomm’s flagship, 8 series chip supports 5G currently. But, things are about to get different now.

During the IFA 2019 trade show, Qualcomm announced that it’d be integrating 5G modem in its 6 series, 7 series, and 8-series processors from 2020. That will make prices of 5G phones a lot cheaper.

While the Snapdragon 7 series generally powers the upper-middle-range devices, the 6 series powers the low-cost handsets. The 5G compatibility will make sure that devices with a price tag as reasonable as $299 provide support for next-gen wireless connectivity as well.

So far, 12 handset manufacturers have committed already to incorporating Snapdragon 7 series 5G processors. The list includes Vivo, Redmi, Oppo, Realme, HMD Global, Motorola, and LG. One can expect to witness these budget-friendly 5G handsets after Q4 this year. Meanwhile, the company expects devices with series 6 chipset to be available by next year’s second half.

By offering affordable 5G devices, the chipmaker plans to make the next-gen connectivity accessible to over 2bn consumers.

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The Snapdragon 6 series will receive a 5G connectivity as well as RF solution. On the other hand, the 7 series will come with an assimilated 5G modem. The entire range- series 6, series 7 and series 8- will come with millimeter-wave support and sub-six frequencies. Besides, these would also support non-standalone and standalone 5G standards, multi-SIM supporting technologies and much more.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm has also made an announcement about 5G chipset support for the non-smartphone devices. During the trade event, the chipmaker introduced its QTM527 millimetre-Wave high-power antenna module to offer enterprise and home internet services.

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