Qualcomm to launch its own-brand gaming phone by the end of the year

Qualcomm is one of the best chip makers, especially in the flagship sector. For a couple of years, its chip business has been growing rapidly. Presently, most smartphone brands use Qualcomm processors for their flagship smartphones. When it comes to gaming, the chip requirement is very high. Most gaming phones make use of the industry’s current flagship processor.


Qualcomm has announced that it will hold a technology summit on December 1. At this conference, the company will officially release its latest flagship chip, Snapdragon 875 processor. However, the mobile phone chip giant seems to be planning to enter the field of smartphone products. According to DigiTimes, Qualcomm will cooperate with Asustek to launch its first smartphone under its own brand.

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According to reports, Qualcomm plans to launch this gaming phone before the end of 2020. The phone will be equipped with the Snapdragon 875 processor (not yet released). It is no surprise that the company’s choice of partner is Asus. Given that Qualcomm’s interest is in gaming phones, Asus is one of the best there is in the industry. Asus currently has the one of the toughest gaming smartphones in its ROG series.

If this recent report is true, then Qualcomm may choose to launch the Snapdragon 875 processor on its own products. Unfortunately, there is no much information regarding Qualcomm’s first smartphones. As of now, the latest information can not be verified thus it is best to take it with a grain of salt.

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In addition, @Roland Quandt reported that the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 875G chip has a Plus model. In addition, there is a Snapdragon 775G/SM7350 chip, code-named “Cedros”. Compared to the previous routine (the Plus version slightly increases the CPU and GPU clock speeds resulting in a small performance improvement), the upgrade rate will be even greater. So there is every reason to think Qualcomm may start releasing special versions of its flagship chips focusing on gaming.

Samsung has begun mass production of the SD875 on the production line in South Korea using EUV equipment. It will use the same TSMC’s 5nm process to produce the Apple A14 and the Huawei Kirin 9000. In addition to the Snapdragon 875 processor, Samsung’s 5nm process production line will also contract the Snapdragon X60 modem and Exynos 1000.

The Snapdragon 875 may introduce the combination of Cortex-X1 super core and Cortex-A78 core for the first time. The newly designed X1 core has 30% and 23% higher energy efficiency than the A77 and the A78, respectively. And its machine learning ability is also higher than that of the A78. We expect it to integrate 5G baseband on Qualcomm’s flagship platform for the first time, saying goodbye to plug-ins.

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