Mobiles – Snapdragon 855
Recently, Qualcomm unveiled it’s new mobile chip Snapdragon 855. Apart from the improved processing capabilities, this particular processor is special for Qualcomm and mobile industry in general because of it’s 5G support. It will provide a download speed of up to several gigabytes per second and it will also have an improved multi-core AI engine for better camera and AI features that almost all mobile phones boast these days.
“One Plus would be the first to launch a 5G enabled smartphone next year.”
Qualcomm is also serious about Augmented Reality(AR) which it refers as “extended reality” and Snapdragon 855 will also support better processing of depth details and hence improving overall AR app experience on mobile phones.
Desktops – Snapdragon 8cx Compute
You might be thinking, “Desktops? And Qualcomm?”. Yes, Qualcomm is expanding in desktops/laptops territory.
Previously, Qualcomm launched its chipsets for desktops, but those were nothing but modified versions of its mobile counterparts.
This particular chip is more efficient and more feature rich than Qualcomm’s previous attempts. This is what Qualcomm says about it’s internet capability, “Multi-gigabit speeds for virtually seamless cloud connectivity/computing: up to 2Gbps LTE”. Apart from that, it will also have additions like 4th gen AI engine, improved crypto-security, All-ways aware technology, Quick-charge.
This will also open doors for Qualcomm in Data centers. Presently, almost all the processors in data centers are intel’s. But since Qualcomm seems serious about entering a more serious market than mobiles, maybe 8cx series will mark Qualcomm’s advent as a major chip-set manufacturer.
Mobile Modems – Snapdragon X50 5G Modem
In the Qualcomm’s mobile modems lineup, the most recent one is the Snapdragon X50 5G Modem. It will accelerate the rise of 5G networks in the telecom industry.
So you can expect a 5G enabled phone in your hand in the first half of 2019. But just having a 5G enabled phone is not enough. You gotta have a 5G network to which your phone will connect.
The network carriers are super competitive about bringing 5G network to the consumers first. The infrastructure to start 5G network requires a mesh of several network towers having their heights ranging between 15-30 feet.
These 5G network poles are reported to have
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The 5G is still in testing phase and still needs a lot of infrastructures to be put in areas around people to enable them to get connected to
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