Snapdragon 865 is Expected to Launch with Two Variants

US-based chipmaker Qualcomm is rumoured to launch the 5G-enabled Snapdragon 865 chipset in two variants. One variant is expected to come with a built-in 5G modem, while the other will come with an external 5G modem.

Snapdragon is a suite of system on a chip (SoC) semiconductor products for mobile devices designed and marketed by QualcommTechnologies Inc. The first Snapdragon product to be made available to consumer device manufacturers was the QSD8250, which was released in November 2007. Snapdragon is used in smartphones, tablets, watches, and smartbook devices.

Qualcomm will update its successor of 855 to Snapdragon 865 by the end of 2019 or by the beginning of 2020. According to rumours, the Snapdragon 865 mobile platform may be officially made available in two variants. A recent tweet from renowned tipster Roland Quandt, the next-generation Snapdragon 865 SoC could arrive in both 4G and 5G choices

Codenamed SM8250, the 5G chipset in two variants would be launched as the successor to Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset which has been used in Samsung’s Galaxy S10, S10 as well as on Galaxy Fold.

With the integrated 5G modem, the manufacturers will be left with some extra space which can be used for adding a slightly bigger battery or better cooling system.

Qualcomm already confirmed the upcoming Snapdragon 5G mobile platform will use the second-gen sub-6 GHz and mmWave antenna modules. It will feature the new 5G PowerSave technology which enhances the battery life of the 5G smartphones.

The Snapdragon 865 chipset with an integrated 5G modem should be the preferred chipset for markets like the US and South Korea where the 5G adoption would be higher. In other markets where the 5G roll-out could still take a while, the companies could launch their flagship smartphones with the latest Snapdragon chipset without the 5G modem.

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