Qualcomm’s next-gen flagship processor should bring a significant boost to CPU, graphics, and memory performance. But the feature that’s likely to grab the most headlines is that despite lacking an integrated 5G modem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor will only show up in 5G-ready smartphones.
That’s because Qualcomm is pairing the Snapdragon 865 processor with the Snapdragon X55 5G modem. Phone makers can’t get the chip without that modem… and it doesn’t have any integrated modem, so it’ll use the X55 for 4G LTE connectivity as well.
All of which is to say that it’s looking like 2020 will be the year that 5G gets serious… because odds are that if you buy an Android flagship next year, you’ll be getting a 5G phone…
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