Later this year, Qualcomm will launch the successor to the flagship Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform. We have already seen a few leaks about the SM8250 which is the codename for the upcoming Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform. The company already announced the upcoming Snapdragon Mobile Platform to come with an integrated 5G modem. Apart from the built-in 5G modem, Qualcomm hasn’t revealed any other details about its upcoming flagship chipset.
Now, the latest tweet from @rquandt hints the upcoming Snapdragon chipset will come with an external 5G modem. If this turns out to be true, then we might actually see two variants of Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform. Even though the Snapdragon 865-powered smartphones will launch only in early 2020, the 5G rollout will still be in its early stage. While there are several 5G smartphones announced in the last few months, the Galaxy S10 5G is the only smartphone available in the market.
With the integrated 5G modem, the manufacturers will be left with some extra space which can be for adding a slightly bigger battery or better cooling system. The Snapdragon 865 with an integrated 5G modem should be the preferred chipset for markets like the US and South Korea where the 5G adoption will be higher. Whereas in the majority of other markets, we don’t think the 5G rollout will happen any time soon. Here, the companies can launch their flagship smartphones with the latest Snapdragon Mobile Platform without the 5G modem.
Will the current 5G smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform are featuring the Snapdraong X50 5G modem, the Snapdragon 865 with an integrated 5G will use the latest Snapdragon X55 5G modem. Qualcomm already confirmed the upcoming Snapdragon 5G Mobile Platform will use the 2nd-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. Stay tuned on Phone Radar for more details!