Qualcomm expects to support 5G next year for all high-end Android phones using its chips, a Qualcomm executive said in an interview. “By 2020, all high-end chips we sell will support 5G capabilities,” said Keith Kressin, senior vice president of product development. This is true of every new high-end phone. ”
Qualcomm yesterday officially unveiled two 5G-enabled chips, the SnapSnapdragon 865 and The SnapDragon 765/765G, which will be used by smartphone makers in millions of Android phones.
5G wireless technology means faster speeds and lower latency, providing consumers with better mobile services. By bundling 5G modems with chips that will eventually be used for millions of phones, Qualcomm is sending a signal that a large number of smartphones to be sold next year will support 5G, not just high-end, low-volume devices that currently support next-generation networks. If enough people own 5G phones, consumer demand could prompt operators to speed up plans to build 5G networks.
Qualcomm last month forecast that 200m 5G handsets will be delivered to retailers by 2020. Another estimate this week by JPMorgan analysts is that 5G users will reach 229 m by 2020 and 462 million by 2021.