Qualcomm boosts production to make low-cost 5G smartphones possible

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The American chipmaker Qualcomm Inc is planning to bring about 750 million 5G smartphones into the market in 2022.

Qualcomm is speeding up its production to make 5G smartphones available to billions of people and to bring 5G connected laptops to assist the high number of people working from home due to pandemic.

At the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA), the most inspiring trade show of Berlin, the American chipmakers launched a 5G-ready version of its Snapdragon 4 chips which will be supported on cheaper phones that even range between $125 and $250.

This new launch is intended to hit the market by the first quarter of next year.

The Qualcomm president, Cristiano Amon, while addressing the fair, said, “It will deliver on the promise of making 5G accessible to all smartphone users.”

A 5G platform was also announced by Amon to support the ‘always on, always connected’ laptops.

As the pandemic has created major changes in working patterns, people who work from home need faster and more secure connections to participate in online meetings and calls. The 5G platform is targeted at them.

The biggest supplier of smartphone chips say that the 5G network is now being built much faster than earlier expectations and enables ultra-fast downloads and can run connected devices with a stable connection.

Amon says that currently eighty mobile companies have deployed their 5G technology and expects 5G to reach up to 1 billion users by 2022, which is two years faster than the growth of 4G.

Currently, three smartphone giants Motorola, Oppo and Xiaomi have signed up with Qualcomm to make 5G smartphones with Snapdragon 4.

The Taiwanese company Acer has also joined hands with the American chipmaker to bring the 5G enabled PC’s running on the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G platform with multi-day battery life, enterprise-level security and high-quality camera and audio.

Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA)

The Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) is one of the most inspiring trade shows for consumer electronics and home appliances.

IFA 2020 is taking place in Berlin from September 3 to September 5. It had attracted over 240,000 visitors in the past year but owing to the pandemic it is currently happening as a hybrid of online and offline events for trade and media only.