Qualcomm ramps up 5G smartphone and laptop bets


Qualcomm is ramping up its effort to put 5G cellular phones within reach of countless people and financing new connected laptops targeted at the growing number of people working at home due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The American chipmaker started on Thursday that a 5G-ready version of its Snapdragon 4 chips that will run on cheaper phones, priced at $125-$250, that may hit markets in the first quarter of next year.

“It will deliver on the promise of making 5G accessible to all smartphone users,” Qualcomm’s president, Cristiano Amon, said in an opening video address to the IFA consumer tech fair in Berlin.

The three-day event, which brought 240,000 visitors last year, is closed to the public this season because of the outbreak. On the contrary, it is being held as a’hybrid’ event featuring a mixture of online and on site events for the media and trade.

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Amon also announced a 5G platform to encourage’always on, always connected’ laptops which are increasingly in demand among individuals working at home who want fast, secure connections to log into business networks or connect conference calls.

“We may be closer to escape velocity because of what happened,” he told journalists in an interview, predicting the growth in linked PC’s would overtake the outbreak as customers need features to match people about the best smartphones.

Qualcomm Inc, the world’s largest provider of cell phone chips, states 5G networks – that empower ultra-fast downloads and run connected factories and devices – are being assembled far faster than previously anticipated.

Eighty cellular operators have deployed 5G, Amon said, forecasting that 750 million 5G smartphones would send in 2022 and 5G connections would top 1 billion annually after – two years quicker than was the case with 4G.

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At last year’s IFA, Qualcomm made a dash by launching 5G chipsets for mid-priced phones. The Snapdragon 4 merchandise finishes its 5G range, targeting an expected market of over 3.5 billion people.

Smartphone manufacturers such as Motorola, OPPO and Xiaomi have already signed up to 5G phones with Snapdragon 4.

Qualcomm is also partnering with Taiwan’s Acer to market 5G-enabled PCs running on the Snapdragon 8cx Gen two 5G platform, featuring multi-day battery life, enterprise-level safety and high-end cameras and audio.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Douglas Busvine. Editing by Mark Potter.

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