Qualcomm has shared its vision for the wireless future at IFA 2020, during its presentation. They have teased from the cheapest 5G capable chipset to the most powerful platform for laptops. The event also showcased progress in noise cancellation technology.
Starting with the mobile platform, the company has shed light on its plans to make the 4xx Series SoCs with integrated 5G modem by early 2021. This will make it one of the most affordable 5G chipsets out there. According to reports Motorola, Xiaomi and Oppo will be the first OEMs to come with smartphones powered by the chipset. Qualcomm expects to see up to 750 million 5G smartphones shipped in 2022 and up to 1 billion of them by 2023. In comparison, it took two years for 4G handsets to hit the 1 billion mark.
Moving on to the connected Laptop segment, the company has unveiled the new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G Computing Platform. It features 8nm Kryo 495 CPU Cores based on 7 nm architecture. The new Adreno GPU supports DirectX 12. According to the company, the new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 Platform with 7W TDP is 18% faster than an Intel Core i5 10th Gen Processor with 15W TDP.
The first laptop to run on the new platform is Acer Spin 7 which offers 5G in both mmWave and Sub-6 GHz flavor. It can last several days on a single charge too. The processor can handle 4K displays and up to two 4K external monitors if hooked via the USB Type-C port. Spin 7 comes with a touch screen and an active stylus.
Regarding the connectivity options, it features X55 5G LTE Modem with 7 Gbps theoretical peak speed and 3 Gbps upload speeds with mmWave 5G. The X24 LTE modem offers 2 Gbps downlink speed too. It supports WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, with aptX HD as well.
The last offering from Qualcomm is the QCC514x Bluetooth Audio SoC which according to the company offers true Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). It offers a seamless transition between voice calls, music, and talking to digital assistants. The adaptive ANC can crank up on its own in a noisy environment and tone down when there is minimal noise.