Even the cheap 5G devices cost quite a bit compared with the inexpensive 4G mobiles, but that’s expected to revolutionize soon, as one of the biggest manufacturers of mobile chipsets has just unveiled a new processor that could allow a new generation of 5G budget phones.
At the IFA 2020 keynote conference, Qualcomm unveiled a number of new processors for all sorts of software, including the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 for computer systems, as well as a new 5G mobile chipset that is well below its existing ones.
This latest chipset will be in the Snapdragon 400 series-that is the lowest-end series of the business, with the top-end 800 series, and mid-rangers of the 600 and 700 series. All the other processor series still have 5G entries but the 400 doesn’t, so this new chipset takes 5G to a different segment of the phone industry.
Qualcomm’s 400-series chipsets tend to appear in affordable phones such as the Moto E7 Plus, Nokia 3.4 and the rumoured OnePlus Nord Lite, apparently. The chipsets are the least strong in Qualcomm’s range, as they are made for people who don’t need loads of grunt processing-but these devices will soon be able to reap the benefits of super-fast 5G Internet speeds.
So while there are a handful of cheap 5G devices on the market right now like the OnePlus Nord, Moto G 5G Plus and Oppo Find X2 Lite, there will soon be many more, and at lower prices.
Which Cheap 5G Devices Will We See first?
Qualcomm said their new 5G chipset 400-series will start appearing in mobile devices from 2021, but we’ve got a clue the handsets will have it first. After the latest processor was introduced at Qualcomm’s IFA show, two guests came on to chat about it a little bit more-Tony Chen, Oppo’s founder and CEO, then Lei Jun, Xiaomi’s co-founder and chairman.
While neither mentioned any of their handsets which would have this new chipset, Jun claimed Xiaomi would have one of the first smartphones using it, and the language used by Chen suggested Oppo would be using it quite soon too.
Both Xiaomi and Oppo have popular ranges of inexpensive phones, respectively the Xiaomi Redmi and Oppo A series, neither of which have a 5G entry at the time of writing. With this latest launch, it seems 2021 may carry one or both sides of a 5G handset.
Qualcomm has named Motorola and Samsung at their meeting, not as chipset firms but as those entering into the cheap 5G telecommunications market, so we could see Moto E and Samsung Galaxy A series phones with super-low rates and 5G access in 2021 too.
Right now we can’t tell for sure what the first cheap 5G phones will be, but we certainly know those handsets are coming thanks to this coverage.