Android Flagships Might Become Even More Expensive in 2021

Joanna Estrada
June 29, 2020

That's because according to reports out of South Korea, the Snapdragon 875 will be significantly more expensive than any of its predecessors.

Based on a statement by Ice Universe on the user's weibo account, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset will most likely be unveiled somewhere around July 2020 provided there are not hiccups. The Snapdragon 865, in comparison, comes with a $160 price-tag, which is already 50% higher than that of the 855. For example, the X55 5G modem wasn't integrated into the Snapdragon 865, but OEMs had to buy both the SoC and modem together.

The post goes on to say that Xiaomi, known for its value for money handsets, is in the middle of a "fierce debate" over how it will price its 2021 flagships running the Snapdragon 875 chipset. That was mostly due to the cost of the Snapdragon 865, and while some may have hoped the Snapdragon 875 would represent a step back towards normality, new information indicates otherwise. The latter is produced by TSMC using its 7nm process that fits around 96.5 million transistors into a square mm. At that process node, 171.3 million transistors can squeeze into a square mm.

The source reports that deliberations are on-going at Xiaomi regarding the price of their future flagships. This is one of the choices that Android phone manufacturers have. The increase in prices has also been pushing up the cost of flagship phones for end-consumers.

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