Qualcomm recently announced its first mobile processor with 5G modem integrated. Soon after that, Shen Yiren, Vice President of Oppo revealed that the company will be the first to launch a smartphone powered by the same chipset.
While he has not revealed the name of the smartphone, the phone in question is believed to be the Oppo Reno series or K-series handset and will be the world’s first to come with the latest 7nm Snapdragon 5G integrated chipset.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform has support for 5G modem but the module is separate from the processor. The chipset is powering many current 5G smartphones but the company has announced that its next range of chipsets will have integrated 5G modems right into the processor.
The Snapdragon 6xx and Snapdragon 7xx series as well as the flagship Snapdragon 8xx series will come with integrated 5G modem, covering both the smartphone segments — mid-range as well as premium.
The three Snapdragon 5G platforms will support all the key regions and frequency bands, claims Qualcomm. The phones powered by this will support the entire range of 5G features including mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum, TDD and FDD modes, 5G multi-SIM, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, and Standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures.
Qualcomm has recently unveiled the faster and more power-efficient X55 modem which is based on 7-nanometer tech, but it won’t arrive until 2020. The latest integrated 5G processors and separate 5G modems will use Qualcomm’s “Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF System” that combines the modem, RF tranceiver and RF front-end.