Qualcomm unveiled its latest Snapdragon 865 and 765 processors yesterday in Hawaii. Both SoC's are compatible with 5G networks, however, the high end processor does not have an integrated 5G modem.
With its main competitors opting for this route, the market was quickly puzzled by the decision. To calm things down, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon has already clarified the issue.
It's all about performance and energy efficiency.
In summary, Qualcomm's president explains that the decision was motivated by performance and autonomy issues. According to Amon, choosing a dedicated 5G modem will achieve higher download speeds while requiring less power.
Qualcomm's president explains that the Snapdragon X55 modem requires a certain physical size to reach its full potential. If they had chosen to include it in Snapdragon 865, its dimensions would have to be sacrificed, which would have a negative impact on their performance.
To get you started, the X55 modem that will come with the Snapdragon 865 can achieve download speeds of up to 7Gbps. The X52 modem, included in the Snapdragon 765, delivers speeds of up to 3.7Gbps. That is, less than half of what an isolated modem can offer.
If Qualcomm opted for the same dimensions as the current modem, it would mean less room for Snapdragon 865 base components. A decision that would influence the performance of this processor.
Snapdragon X55 Modem Will Be Just as Important on 4G Networks
Qualcomm's president also explained how the Snapdragon X55 modem can be just as important on 4G networks. According to Cristiano Amon, the combination of Snapdragon 865 with the X55 modem will be more efficient than just the Snapdragon 855.
This demonstrates how advantageous it is to use a separate modem. By having each component in place, the American hopes to get the best out of each one.
These clarifications serve to calm critics of the US decision not to incorporate a 5G modem in its new top processor. After all, there is a good reason for this.
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