We see several Android smartphones being powered by Qualcomm chipsets every year. And well, 2020 isn’t going to be any different. Every year, Qualcomm hosts its annual Summit where it talks about the new developments which will be taking place. And this Tuesday, Qualcomm did exactly that. And well, if there was one main takeaway from that, then it was that Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and 765 will power several 2020 devices – along with 5G.
These new chipsets by Qualcomm will be based on Qualcomm’s new Modular Platform. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 will be an upgrade over the Snapdragon 855 while the Snapdragon 765/765G will be an upgrade over the 730/730G. Not sure if the 765/765G will be a successor to the 730/730G though as there could be some other chipset coming out later which won’t be as powerful as the 765/765G but more powerful than the 730/730G.
The new Modular Platform will allow the carriers to implement their own 5G technologies to these newer chipsets. And well, it won’t be too tough. Also, the Snapdragon 865 will be able to pair with Snapdragon X55 Modem to have 5G capabilities. The X55 Modem is an upgrade to the X50 Modem which we saw this year. It’ll have newer and more power efficient processes. Also, it is supposedly going to have higher up/down speeds and will support SA/NSA networks. On the top of all this, it’ll have support for both – mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G networks where the Sub-6GHz networks will provide improved bandwidth.
On the other hand, the higher mid-range chipset – 765G will come with integrated 5G support. No more details about the 5G Modem used in this chip is revealed yet. But we might hear about it soon.
Chipsets aren’t the only products Qualcomm makes. It also produces In-display Fingerprint sensors. So, they revealed the newer version of the fingerprint sensor which might be seen in the upcoming 2020 devices. The newer sensor is named 3D Sonic Max while the current generation sensor was named – 3D Sonic. Here, the suffix used i.e. Max does justify its meaning.
Here’s how: The newer sensor will have a significantly larger area to scan your fingerprint. Also, it’ll allow the user to authenticate with two fingers for enhanced security. This is not something new as Nubia X provided double-sided fingerprint authentication as it had side-mounted fingerprint sensors on both sides of the device. But this is definitely a welcome addition for the In-display fingerprint sensors. Also, the accuracy of the sensor has been improved.
In case you don’t remember, the 3D Sonic Sensors have been used on the Samsung Galaxy S10 Series. And well, there were several issues with that. Not only was it slow, unreliable and difficult to trigger, but it also caused authentication issues with some screen protectors. So, if this turns out to be as good as Qualcomm claims, this will be interesting to test out. But it’s still unclear even if Samsung will use this fingerprint sensor on S11 Series or not. And well, we don’t even know if any other manufacturers will start using these sensors.
But well, it surely looks like 2020 will be an interesting year for the smartphone industry.