Qualcomm: 5 billion smartphones to be sold between 2012 and 2016
As a public company, Qualcomm holds an annual meeting, well, annually. This year's meeting came with a prediction that 5 billion (with a "b") smartphones will be sold between 2012 and 2016. That is a lot of handsets and if you lined them up from the earth to the moon, it would still be a lot of handsets.
The chip manufacturer added that mobile devices are changing the computing world and that Qualcomm is focused on connectivity, battery life and portability. The company sees 650 million tablets and laptops sold in 2016 alone and expects to see strong demand for LTE chips to be used in mobile computers as well as for tablets.
1. nicholassss (Posts: 351; Member since: 10 May 2012)
"That is a lot of handsets and if you lined them up from the earth to the moon, it would still be a lot of handsets."
3. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 626; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Come on Qualcomm, get on about building an LTE chipset that can switch bands and channels to work on pretty much any LTE network. These guys are ace with chip/baseband radio all in one SoC, so I expect them to announce something that can handle 4G on GSM and LTE+Advance. Crosses fingers xD.
4. digitalw (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)
I would like to see some chipset that will support 3G over LTE on GSM with suuport of WIFI while NFC and with Bluetooth ar ON on some OS while tranfering data via USB cable to some WiMax... this is to much! those ware days when you pick a phone, roll the numbers :) and you get bussie signal. Then you drop down the handset, puck up againe and ring it againe untill you got: beeeeep.... beeeeep... and no one answares :)
5. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I predict at least 3 billion of those to be android phones
6. MC1123 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
well... its true1 most of the phones right now is powered by snapdragon!! and exynos 5 is still on the nexus 10 only! maybe we'll see it on galaxy s4!
i wish tegra 4 will be available soon!