After Huawei and Samsung, Qualcomm will introduce a first system-on-a-chip with integrated 5G multi-mode modem during the fourth quarter. Interestingly, Qualcomm does not combine the Application Processor (AP) and the modem first in the high-end class, but with the Snapdragon 7250 in the upper middle class.
At IFA 2019, Qualcomm announced that 5G will no longer be available in the Snapdragon 800 series, but also in the Snapdragon 700 and 600 series. So far, Qualcomm's first 5G modem, the Snapdragon X50, is exclusively compatible with the Snapdragon 855. This is set to change in the fourth quarter with a new Snapdragon 700 Series model, as Qualcomm's President Cristiano Amon announced in a keynote address. The new Snapdragon X55 modem can be combined with the Snapdragon 8cx designed for notebooks, and with its state-of-the-art 7 nm production, it forms the basis for integration directly into the SoC.
On Sunday, Dino Flore, vice president of technology, told ComputerBase that an internal Snapdragon 7250 chip will become Qualcomm's first SoC with integrated 5G multi-mode modem. So far, it was expected that Qualcomm will introduce a new top model of the 800 series as the first 5G system-on-a-chip at the Snapdragon Summit in early December.
Octa-core chip with 5G
The internal name Snapdragon 7250, often also abbreviated to SM7250, will not be used in this form for the official presentation, instead, it can be assumed that a new model above the Snapdragon 730. Apart from the 7 nm production and the integrated 5G multi-mode modem, no details are yet available for the chip. Due to the rumor mill, however, the chip has been haunting for a long time. Probably like the Snapdragon 730, it will be an octa-core chip made up of two plus six CPU cores and an Adreno 6xx GPU.
Samsung and Huawei with 5G SoCs
Qualcomm is not the first chip provider to offer a 5G SoC first in the upper middle class. Shortly before IFA, Samsung unveiled the Exynos 980 with octa-core design consisting of two Cortex-A77s and six Cortex-A55s as well as Mali-G76 MP5 and integrated 5G multi-mode modem. Only Huawei respectively HiSilicon rode the high-end rail again with the Kirin 990 for the Mate 30 (Pro).