Qualcomm intros new super-fast 5G chips for lower-cost devices

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Qualcomm on Tuesday introduced a trio of 5G chips -- and a 4G variant -- for inexpensive smartphones, as the chip giant aims to get super-fast connectivity into as many user hands as possible.

The new Snapdragon 778G Plus, Snapdragon 695 and Snapdragon 480 Plus all feature both ultra-fast 5G millimeter wave connectivity, as well as the slower but more reliable sub-6GHz version of 5G. They aim to bring 5G to less expensive devices around the globe, while the new Snapdragon 680 features 4G and older connectivity to give handset makers an option for LTE devices.

Many of the chips will likely appear in phones outside the US, though the 778G Plus in particular could make its way to mid-range smartphones here.

"All these platforms are designed to enable increased performance and capabilities with new options across our 7-, 6- and 4-Series," Kedar Kondap, Qualcomm vice president of product management, said in a video statement provided to reporters ahead of the news. "As 5G continues to grow rapidly across the world, we're seeing increasingly strong demand for 5G devices."