The Snapdragon 690 5G chipset that was announced in the recent past is designed to bring 5G capabilities on mid-range smartphones. Qualcomm today introduced its first Snapdragon 4-series 5G-ready chipset. The company revealed that phones powered by the new Snapdragon 4-series SoC will hit the market in the first quarter of the coming year.
With 5G enabled Snapdragon 4-series SoC arriving in the Q1 2021, it appears that cheaper phones with 5G support will soon be available in the market in a span of about 6 to 8 months. Motorola, OPPO, and Xiaomi will be the first brands to make use of the new chipset in the coming year.
With the new chipset, Qualcomm aims to bring 5G smartphones to 3.5 billion smartphone users in low-budget pricing segment. The U.S based chip maker claimed that the adoption of 5G will increase at breakneck speed.
It took nearly two years for 4G to reach 1 billion smartphone users. Qualcomm is of the view that the 5G smartphone users will be increase to over 750 million in 2022 and it will cross the 1 billion mark by 2023.
Qualcomm did not share any details on the specifications of the Snapdragon 4-series chip 5G support. Hence, it is not known whether the chipset will support only sub-6GHz 5G networks or it will come with mmWave network connectivity.