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Qualcomm's next Snapdragon processor could take 5G mainstream

Qualcomm's next Snapdragon processor could take 5G mainstream
Support for 5G networks is currently limited to a handful of flagship devices such as the Galaxy S10 5G, LG V50 ThinQ 5G, and Huawei Mate 20 X 5G. This situation is unlikely to change anytime soon, but in order to boost the adoption rate, Qualcomm is apparently developing a 5G-ready chip that’ll make its way into future mid-range smartphones. 

Dubbed the Snapdragon 735, the upcoming chip is expected to succeed the recently-announced Snapdragon 730. Like Qualcomm’s flagship processors, this new one will reportedly be manufactured on the 7-nanometer manufacturing process. Concrete details about this are yet to be revealed, but compared to the older Snapdragon 710 it should result in a performance boost of up to 20% and an increase of 50% in terms of efficiency. Additionally, efficiency gains of up to 20% are to be expected over the Snapdragon 730.

As mentioned above, the Snapdragon 735 will introduce support for 5G networks. But rather than utilizing the separate Snapdragon X50 modem found inside the Galaxy S10 5G, the Snapdragon 735 will apparently use an integrated 5G modem. This should result in thinner and lighter 5G smartphones. It should also reduce the overall cost associated with the technology.

Moving on to some of the more technical details, the included CPU will boast an octa-core 1+1+6 setup. This will include six efficiency cores clocked at 1.6GHz, a slightly faster one at 2.4GHz, and a high-performance core clocked at 2.9GHz. There will also be an upgraded GPU in the form of the Adreno 620.

Lastly, the Snapdragon 735 should allow manufacturers to build mid-range smartphones with as much as 12GB of RAM. Additionally, the chip will support 21:9 displays with 3360x1440p resolutions, 4K video recording at 60FPS, and a dedicated NPU that’ll help with AI features.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 735 is expected to arrive during the final quarter of this year, perhaps alongside the flagship Snapdragon 865. In terms of a release, the first Snapdragon 735-powered devices should arrive during the first half of 2020.

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