March 4, 2021

Qualcomm pushes 5G tech into chips for cheaper telephones

Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday mentioned it’s placing 5G know-how into chips for smartphones that can promote for as little as $300 and that can come to market within the second half of this 12 months.

San Diego-based Qualcomm is the largest provider of processors for smartphones and the modem chips that join the telephones to wi-fi information networks.

The corporate’s chips that includes fifth-generation (5G) mobile telecommunications know-how are at the moment in lots of premium-priced smartphones similar to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Galaxy gadgets.

However Qualcomm has additionally been working to get the know-how into cheaper gadgets. The brand new chip, referred to as the Snapdragon 690, will go into gadgets that it expects to retail at $300 to $500, Qualcomm mentioned. Telephone makers similar to HMD World, the proprietor of the Nokia cellphone model, LG Electronics Inc and Lenovo Group Ltd‘s Motorola plan to make use of the chips, Qualcomm mentioned.

The push into lower cost factors means larger volumes for Qualcomm. In response to information from Counterpoint Analysis, smartphones with wholesales costs of $100 to $400, that are considerably decrease than the costs shoppers pay, made up about 50% of the general smartphone market within the first quarter of 2020.