Snapdragon 865: Google, Nokia, LG and ZTE don't want the expensive processor!
Qualcomm has decided to link all sales of the new premium Snapdragon 865 to an external X55 5G modem. It sells at a price that can reach $ 120-160 according to rumors. The decision seems to have discouraged smartphone makers from using this SoC in their new flagship models. Instead, they choose more economical processors to reduce the cost of manufacturing their devices and not increase their prices in stores. Many companies want to sell mobile phones in markets that do not have 5G or that their customers do not consider the new network to be worth the extra $ 150-200 that comes with the 5G processor, antenna and larger battery pack.
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When Qualcomm made the strange decision to abandon the built-in modem, many in the market were surprised. This is the same company that announced the increase in energy efficiency in monolithic designs and free up extra space inside smartphones when the modem is "built" directly on the processor. In recent years, Qualcomm has been promoting 5G networks and even modems to mid-range processors such as the Snapdragon 765 / 765G. At the same time, those who want to use a ton of Snapgragon 865 will have to pay extra for a separate X55 5G modem, even if they are going to launch a 4G-only smartphone. As a result, many manufacturers this year are not interested in an expensive processor, especially in a saturated market. To top it off, sales are declining due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Specifically, we're talking about upcoming smartphones like the LG G9 ThinQ. It will use the Snapdragon 765 with built-in 5G modem. The same goes for HMD with Nokia 8.3 and ZTE with AXON 11 5G. As for future devices, the Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL are said to be in the group to drop the Snapdragon 865. Future 5G-capable iPhones will have to get the Snapdragon X55 modem, as Apple has no choice. . There is one such option in Android, where manufacturers choose cheaper and simpler processors. Qualcomm, meanwhile, is already launching the next X60 5G modem, but based on the above, its prospects so far seem dubious.