Qualcomm said in remarks prepared for the IFA technology fair in Berlin that it plans to add 5G capabilities to its lower-cost Snapdragon 6 and 7 series devices, which could make 5G phones more affordable. lower than current models, mostly flagship devices priced at a premium.
Analysts believe the new 5G networks will prompt many consumers to update their phones after years of market stagnation. Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of mobile phone chips, was at the beginning of the market with 5G modem chips to connect phones to networks, but faces stiff competition.
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has plans for a new high-end smart phone, the Mate 30, which will have 5G capabilities but will use a Huawei-developed Kirin 990 chip in its HiSilicon subsidiary.
Qualcomm hopes that broad compatibility with telecommunications networks will help its chips compete.
Phones using his chip will work on any carrier’s 5G networks, especially in the United States.
Chips such as MediaTek are only capable of handling sub-6 bands, which holds the cost and complexity of chips and phone models./investing