- Oct 1, 2019
Qualcomm recently announced a revamped version of the Snapdragon 865 that will be the driving force behind various upcoming Android smartphones. Towards the end of the year, we expect the chipmaker to unveil the chip's real successor, which will offer more than just overclocked cores. Per a new report (via MyFixGuide), the chipset will be called Snapdragon 875G, and it will be released in the first quarter of 2021.
The Snapdragon 875G will boast better performance and power efficiency than the 7nm Snapdragon 865
The information comes from an investment bank that has also highlighted Taiwanese company MediaTek's plans. While we were already expecting Qualcomm's next flagship SoC to be based on the 5nm process, it now seems like Samsung, not TSMC, will be manufacturing it. According to the report, the Snapdragon 875G will be built using the South Korean giant's 5nm EUV process.
It is estimated that the resulting chips will be nearly 25 percent smaller when compared to those made using the 7nm EUV die. The fabrication process will also increase transistor density and improve efficiency by around 20 percent
The same lithography technology will also apparently be used to manufacture the mid-range Snapdragon 735G silicon and it will also likely land in the first quarter of the next year. Qualcomm is also expected to announce an entry-level Snapdragon 435G SoC around the same time.
The Snapdragon X60 modem, which will probably be integrated with the Snapdragon 875G, will also supposedly be made using the same 5nm manufacturing process.
Moving on to MediaTek, the report says the company is gearing up to launch a 7nm chip called the Dimensity 600 in the third quarter of the year. This chip will apparently be aimed at mid-tier phones and might feature an embedded 5G modem.
Before the year concludes, it will probably launch the Dimensity 400 too, which will be a 6nm chipset. In Q2 next year, it is tipped to release a flagship chip based on the 5nm process with an onboard 5G modem.
MediaTek has been aggressively pushing its Dimensity chips in recent times and it's great to know that a 5nm silicon is on the way, especially at a time when Qualcomm's flagship chips are becoming so expensive that the likes of Samsung and Google are considering other options.