Qualcomm Announces New Snapdragon 865, Snapdragon 765 Chipsets

Joanna Estrada
December 4, 2019

Arguably the biggest week in Qualcomm's calendar has arrived, with the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 promising new chipsets, speedier smartphones, and great lashings of 5G.

While Qualcomm did not reveal all details of the new chipsets, it did talk about them in brief.

Bin Lin, a co-founder of Xiaomi, announced that the flagship Mi 10 will be one of the first smartphones with the Snapdragon 865. And while you expected it to come with integrated 5G, that's not the case. Snapdragon 865 will certainly see a rise in 5G users but it's the Snapdragon 765 and 765G chipset that will help users quickly jump on the hype train next year.

What we do know at this time, however, is that the Snapdragon 865 is being billed as the true "flagship" SoC, and that it includes the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System. A multimode modem, it supports up to 7 Gbps downlink - network depending - but is also backward compatible with networks back to 2G. We don't know a lot about the new chips at this point, but we do know that Qualcomm is focussing on the three key areas of camera capabilities, AI, and multiplayer gaming. Getting 5G to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 700 series of chipsets should mean more affordable 5G phones in 2020.

As for artificial intelligence, the Snapdragon 865 sports Qualcomm's 5th-generation AI engine, which is capable of 15 total operations per second - twice what the AI engine in the Snapdragon 855 was capable of.

It will be safe to say that almost every major Android smartphone maker will use the Snapdragon 800-series chipset on their flagship smartphones.

Snapdragon 865 chipset will certainly come baked into nearly every flagship smartphone, including the Galaxy S11 series, in 2020.

The other newly-announced Snapdragon platform is the Snapdragon 765/765G. The lower-cost Snapdragon 765 platform could lead to a follow-up for Moto's Z3 and Z4, which anchored the low end of Verizon's 5G line this year. Both of these phones incorporate the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 that was introduced at last year's Snapdragon Summit, and it's fair to say we'd expect the eventual successor of those phones to use the new chips, as well.

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