Qualcomm-Samsung axis brings 5G to the masses

Yolanda Curtis
September 10, 2019

Once Qualcomm expands 5G functionality to its 6 series and 7 series processors, though, 5G will no longer be the domain of only top-end devices. All the 5G integrated platforms will be coming out in 2020.

Amon further said "We launched 5G".

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Qualcomm has also announced that it's rebranding its 5G solutions to make it a bit easier for consumers to follow the details.

In comparison, Samsung's recently released next-generation Exynos 980 chipset with an integrated 5G modem achieves up to 2.55 Gbps in download speed and up to 1.25Gbps upload speed. Therefore, if smartphone makers wanted to sell 5G phones, they had to buy two different modems, a 5G one and one that also supported previous technologies (3G, 4G, etc).


Florian Seiche mentioned at the event in Berlin that Nokia Mobile is investing a lot of money in the development of the Nokia 5G phone. The chips will include the aforementioned Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF System which as we've already pointed out, now includes the Snapdragon X55 5G modem (with support for mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G networks), an RF transceiver and RF Front-end. This should make it significantly cheaper for many manufacturers to put the 8-series processor into their high-end and potentially mid-range or upper mid-range devices. Next year, Qualcomm will release its 5G chipset with Snapdragon 6 series, 7 series, and 8 series processors. 12 brands have committed to using the new chipset, including Oppo, Realme, Redmi, Vivo, Motorola, HMD Global, and LG. It will support all major regions and frequency bands, including Sub-6 and mmWave.

These expanding tiers that Qualcomm is working on will leverage the company's Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF system, it notes, with it created to not only generate leading connectivity, but delivering improved energy efficiency and featuring in cutting-edge form factors too.


The company has officially confirmed about the launch 5G capable chipsets in Snapdragon 6 and Snapdragon 7 series. You may already be familiar with the X55, it's the modem expected to power the upcoming 5G Note10 models (though the current Verizon version uses the older X50). The 7-series supporting 5G will integrate the modem straight into the SoC, and will deliver the goods to gamers and those taking advantage of the platform's AI capabilities. The company is sampling the QTM527 to customers now and expects it and modules like it to become available in fixed access points beginning in the first half of next year.


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