Qualcomm's next flagship smartphone chip to come in 4G and 5G versions - report

By Staff Writer | 06 May 2019 at 08:44hrs
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Qualcomm is likely to release its upcoming Snapdragon 865 processor in both 4G and 5G versions, Techradar reports.

While a 5G version of the Snapdragon 865 was already known to be coming, a 4G version would lower the cost of the processor in regions that don't yet have access to 5G networks.

Qualcomm's current-generation Snapdragon 855 processors already power 5G smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S10, but these phones use a separate 5G modem.

The Snapdragon 865 would integrate a 5G modem into the CPU itself, providing more space for smartphone makers to add other hardware and features.

An official announcement by Qualcomm regarding a possible 4G version of the Snapdragon 865 will reportedly take place later this year.

Last month, Qualcomm settled a dispute with Apple and signed a multi-year contract with the US tech company, meaning that Apple smartphones will use Qualcomm processors in the future.

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