New Qualcomm chip lays the foundation for $125 5G phones. Qualcomm Technologies announced a new mobile processor on Monday that is supposed to spawn a wave of low-cost 5G smartphones.
The New Qualcomm chip lays the foundation for $125 5G phones. Qualcomm President Cristiano R. Amon estimated on Twitter in September that phones with the Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform would cost between $125 and $250.
“The 400 series is built for phones that go into low-cost markets outside of the United States — China, India, areas where price sensitivity is a bigger problem,” said Bob O’Donnell, founder and chief analyst of Technalysis Research, a technology market research and consulting company in Foster City, Calif.
“Vendors of such phones will be able to provide 5G to their customers as a result of this.”
Features from the Upper tier at a Lower price
In a tweet, Qualcomm’s vice president of product management, Kedar Kondap, said that the 480 would meet or exceed OEM and customer standards in terms of providing high- and mid-tier features at an affordable price. The following are some of the platform’s features:
- Support for the 5G spectrum’s mmWave and Sub-6 GHz bands.
- A 100% increase in CPU and GPU performance over the previous version of the chip, as well as a 70% increase in AI performance.
- Fast Charge 4+ technology is included.
- Support for simultaneously capturing three 720p videos or a still image in ultrawide, wide, and telephoto cameras.
- FHD+ displays running at 120 frames per second are supported, as is Qualcomm’s aptX audio technology.