Qual­comm bets on 5G supremacy with its lat­est mo­bile chip

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By MA SI

Qual­comm Inc has un­veiled its first 5G-ready mo­bile chip which will be used in string of Chi­nese com­pa­nies’ 5G smart­phones next year, as part of its broader push to main­tain supremacy in the era of the fifth-gen­er­a­tion mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy.

The Snapdragon 855, re­leased in Maui, Hawaii, on Tues­day lo­cal time, brings multi-gigabit 5G and it is small enough to be built into smart­phones. It also sup­ports un­der-dis­play fin­ger­print sen­sor tech­nol­ogy, aug­mented re­al­ity and gam­ing per­for­mance im­prove­ments.

Qual­comm Pres­i­dent Cris­tiano Amon said: “It’s that the en­tire in­dus­try is mov­ing at the same pace for 2019 launches. It is not just about up­grad­ing a ma­ture mar­ket, but mov­ing to new busi­ness mod­els. 5G is here.”

Ac­cord­ing to him, in the next few months, the in­dus­try will see 5G flag­ship smart­phones that peo­ple will be able to buy. Among them will be hand­sets made by Chi­nese com­pa­nies such as Xiaomi Corp, Vivo, Oppo, ZTE Corp and HTC Corp.

The move came as China is striv­ing to launch a pre-com­mer­cial 5G net­work in 2019 and is pre­par­ing for large-scale de­ploy­ment in 2020. 5G is ex­pected to be at least 10 times faster than 4G and will sup­port su­per­fast movie down­loads, such as down­load­ing an 8-gigabyte film in sec­onds, as well as AR ap­pli­ca­tions.

“The global tele­com in­dus­try is bet­ting on 5G to cope with a year­long down­ward spi­ral in global smart­phone ship­ments, and more im­por­tantly to pre­pare for a promis­ing fu­ture where 5G de­vices will en­able a slate of new ap­pli­ca­tions,” said James Yan, re­search di­rec­tor at Coun­ter­point Tech­nol­ogy Mar­ket Re­search.

In the third quar­ter of 2018, world­wide smart­phone ship­ments fell 6 per­cent year-on-year to 355.2 mil­lion units, data from mar­ket re­search com­pany In­ter­na­tional Data Corp showed.

But the ad­vent of 5G smart­phones is ex­pected to in­ject new vi­tal­ity into the sec­tor.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Coun­ter­point, global 5G smart­phone ship­ments are ex­pected to reach 110 mil­lion units in 2021, an in­crease of 255 per­cent year-on-year, par­tially off­set­ting the con­tin­ued shrink­ing vol­ume.

The 5G chip un­veiled by Qual­comm is also ex­pected to give the US tech giant an up­per-hand over ri­vals, es­pe­cially as it is locked in a bit­ter fight with Ap­ple Inc, which is no longer us­ing its chips.

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