During the MWC, there have been a number of mobile phones supporting 5G networks, including Xiaomi MIX Mi3 5G, Huawei Mate X, LG V50 ThinQ, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy Fold 5G.
Regardless of which chip platform is used, the common point of these products is to use the external baseband, namely the Snapdragon 855 plug-in X50 and the Kirin 980 plug-in Balong 5000, because the Snapdragon 855 and the Kirin 980 are all packaged at the SoC level with 4G baseband.
The problem with the external baseband is that it takes up extra space, has a higher heat, and is more expensive. On the first day of the opening of MWC today, Qualcomm announced the world’s first Snapdragon mobile platform chip (SoC) with integrated 5G baseband.
According to Qualcomm’s deployment, the new Snapdragon SoC with integrated 5G communication capability will be released in the second quarter of this year and will be commercially available in the first half of 2020. It seems that Samsung Galaxy S11, Xiaomi Mi10 can look forward to it.
Unfortunately, Qualcomm has not announced the name of the new SoC (Snapdragon865?), which features support for the second-generation millimeter-wave antenna, sub 6GHz RF components, and 5G power-saving technology (PowerSave). The end result is no more than the current 4G mobile phone.