Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 5G, AI, camera specs bolster 2020 smartphone upgrade cycle


The Snapdragon Tech Summit continues this week, so we'll have more updates about the Snapdragon 865 and hopefully soon the first benchmarks of the chipset. Alongside the new SoCs, Qualcomm has also announced a new 3D Sonic Max fingerprint scanner that promises to offer better performance with improved security. They also announced a few mid-range chips with the names Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G, respectively.

The company expects devices packing the Snapdragon 865 to be "commercially available in the first quarter of 2020" and Motorola already announced at yesterday's keynote that it will be using the chipset in an upcoming device.

In addition to the announcement of the 865 chip, Qualcomm has launched the Snapdragon 765, a lower-tier chip that will offer integrated 5G support. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

Qualcomm sees Snapdragon at the center of the 5G revolution, with over 230 devices released so far that are 5G enabled with Snapdragon.

"OPPO and Qualcomm Technologies have maintained a close and strong collaboration, and today we are honored to witness the launch of Qualcomm Technologies' latest 5G mobile platforms and be part of its global commercialized plan".

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This year has a very special focus, as Qualcomm is pushing its advances and deployment of its 5G network devices. You can also take advantage of the gigapixel speeds to slow things down and capture every millisecond of detail with unlimited* high-definition slow-motion video capture at 960 fps. Instead, it works with a Snapdragon X55 modem-RF system that can achieve up to 7.5 Gbps download speeds and 3 Gbps up. For the Snapdragon 865 it's now more than twice as powerful than the Hexagon in the last-generation Snapdragon 855, with 15 TOPS of performance.

In the meantime, Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer at HMD International, pledged allegiance to the brand new merchandise by Qualcomm, however with out mentioning the 865 platform, exclusively the Snapdragon 765 with its 5G capabilities.

Qualcomm planned to disclose the full details of its newest mobile phone processors at the event in Hawaii. Note that the 765 has integrated 5G, while the flagship model requires the support of a separate 5G modem.

Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager of mobile at Qualcomm Technologies, introduced both the Snapdragon 865 and the Snapdragon 765/765G but said nothing about a enhanced "Plus" version, as Qualcomm introduced with the Snapdragon 855 Plus midway through this year.

While Qualcomm is clearly keen to talk up its capabilities and downplay the lack of integration, the Snapdragon X55 is a genuine step up from the X50 found in today's devices.