Over 70 new 5G phones are in the works, says Qualcomm

Over 70 new 5G phones are in the works, says Qualcomm
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Qualcomm's latest, 5G-capable phone platform, Snapdragon 865, is barely three months old and yet, according to the chip maker, it has already been snapped up by several device manufacturers for their forthcoming handsets.

Qualcomm claims that more than 70 flagship designs based on the Snapdragon 865 platform are coming – including models already confirmed (such as the Samsung Galaxy S20s, Sony Xperia 1 II and Xiaomi Mi 10) as well as yet-unannounced devices like the ZenFone 7 and ROG Phone 3.

There's good reason for its popularity: apart from 5G connectivity benefits, the chip's support for Dolby Vision should bring the HDR (High Dynamic Range) video format to many more Android phones. Currently, iPhones pledge the widest support for Dolby Vision.

Qualcomm's 5G-centric platform also boasts several other camera upgrades, including 4K video capture at 120fps, the ability to shoot 200MP photos plus slow-motion video capture at 960fps. And then there's the promise of faster data processing to juggle all those pixels too.

What this essentially tells us is that by the end of the year we can expect to see a smartphone market much more dominated by 5G handsets than it is today. Its adoption shouldn't be dogged by concerns over 5G transmission being dangerous to humans, either. UK regulator Ofcom has just carried out tests of the country's 16 5G-enabled base stations and found that their radiation levels are well within safety guidelines.


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Becky has been a full-time staff writer at What Hi-Fi? since March 2019. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, she freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 20-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance is of course tethered to a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo, This is Cabaret and The Stage. When not writing, she dances, spins in the air, drinks coffee, watches football or surfs in Cornwall with her other half – a football writer whose talent knows no bounds. 

  • F8lee
    5G as still at the very start of the hype cycle; of course those companies pushing to sell it will make all kinds of fantabulous pronouncements but there will still be quite some time before it is ubiquitously available.