Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 was announced last year, and so far, it’s only shown up in a few different smartphones including Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series. In the next month or two, though, a lot more Snapdragon 865 phones are on the way, and now, Qualcomm is teasing just how many.
In a press release, Qualcomm reveals that there are currently over 70 different devices set to be released using the Snapdragon 865 platform. This, of course, makes sense, given Qualcomm supplies most flagship smartphones in the Android industry. As 5G grows, too, Qualcomm’s chips become even more attractive thanks to the X55 modem.
Companies producing Snapdragon 865 phones in cooperation with Qualcomm include the likes of Samsung, Sony, Xiaomi, ZTE, ASUS, Black Shark, Fujitsu Connected Technologies Limited, iQOO, Lenovo, Nubia, OPPO, Realme, Redmi, and Vivo. In the press release, Qualcomm also mentions by name a handful of these upcoming devices, even though a handful of them haven’t been officially announced yet.
- Black Shark 3*
- FCNT arrows 5G*
- iQOO 3*
- Legion Gaming Phone*
- Nubia Red Magic 5G*
- OPPO Find X2*
- realme X50 Pro*
- Redmi K30 Pro*
- ROG Phone 3*
- Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra
- Sharp AQUOS R5G*
- Sony Xperia 1 II*
- vivo APEX 2020 Concept Phone*
- Xiaomi Mi 10* and Mi 10 Pro*
- ZenFone 7*
- ZTE Axon 10s Pro*
You can read the press release in its entirety below.
Flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform Powers First Wave of 2020 5G Smartphones
Global OEMs and Brands ASUS, Black Shark, Fujitsu, iQOO, Lenovo, Nubia, OPPO, realme, Redmi, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE Announce Flagship Devices Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform
FEB 25, 2020 | SAN DIEGO
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced that global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and brands ASUS, Black Shark, Fujitsu Connected Technologies Limited, iQOO, Lenovo, Nubia, OPPO, realme, Redmi, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, Sharp Corporation, Sony, vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE have selected the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 5G Mobile Platform for their 5G device launches this year. The Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform is the world’s most advanced mobile platform, designed to deliver the unmatched connectivity and performance required for the next wave of flagship devices, and features the Company’s second-generation 5G Modem-RF System, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X55, while redefining Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth audio with the Qualcomm® FastConnect™ 6800 mobile connectivity subsystem. The cutting-edge Snapdragon 865 enables premium devices with breakthrough features—from Gigapixel-speed photography and Qualcomm® Snapdragon Elite Gaming with desktop-level features to intelligent and intuitive experiences due to the 5th generation Qualcomm® AI Engine.
“As the world’s leading wireless technology innovator, we are committed to driving and scaling 5G to the consumer. This year, the Snapdragon 865 will help make 5G accessible to billions of smartphone users around the world, further enabling immersive mobile experiences like high-speed gaming, intelligent multi-camera capture and all-day battery life,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
After introducing the Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform in December 2019, more than 70 designs have been announced or are in development based on the platform. Additionally, more than 1,750 designs have been announced or are in development based on our Snapdragon 8-series mobile platforms.
For more information, please visit the Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform Product Page.
Qualcomm is the world’s leading wireless technology innovator and the driving force behind the development, launch, and expansion of 5G. When we connected the phone to the internet, the mobile revolution was born. Today, our foundational technologies enable the mobile ecosystem and are found in every 3G, 4G and 5G smartphone. We bring the benefits of mobile to new industries, including automotive, the internet of things, and computing, and are leading the way to a world where everything and everyone can communicate and interact seamlessly.
Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of our engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of our products and services businesses, including our QCT semiconductor business.
HTC’s first 5G phone may debut in July, could be a flagship phone
A recent report had revealed that HTC is working on a mid-range phone called HTC Desire 20 Pro even though it has been encountering losses in its smartphone business. The Taiwanese company is reportedly gearing up to launch its first 5G smartphone in July. It could either be a high-end of a flagship smartphone. The HTC Exodus 1 and HTC U12+ that went official in 2018 were the last flagship phones from the company.
In a recent interview, HTC Taiwan Chen Boyou said that when 5G arrives in Taiwan, HTC will also launch 5G-ready smartphones. It is speculated that the first 5G phone from HTC will debut in July. There is no word on the name and specifications of HTC’s first 5G smartphone. Hopefully, more details on the device will appear in the near future.
On the other hand, HTC is also planning to launch a 4G smartphone in June. The name of the device is not known yet. However, there is a possibility that it could be the HTC Desire 20 Pro smartphone.
The Desire 20 Pro is speculated to be equipped with a Snapdragon 665 mobile platform and 6 GB of RAM. Its back panel may sport a triple camera system and a fingerprint reader. It could be the first punch-hole display phone from the company.
Here’s what Xiaomi’s first phone with an in-display selfie camera might look like
What you need to know
- A new patent may have revealed the design of Xiaomi’s first smartphone with an in-display selfie camera.
- Xiaomi and OPPO had shown off their in-display camera tech last year.
- Xiaomi doesn’t expect phones with in-display selfie cameras to become a reality this year.
In June last year, popular Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi showcased a Mi 9 prototype featuring an in-display selfie camera. While Xiaomi isn’t likely to launch its first phone with an in-display selfie camera anytime soon, a new patent discovered by Dutch tech site LetsGoDigital has revealed two designs that the company could be working on.
As can be seen in the image above, the two designs are nearly identical, with the only difference being the location of the in-display selfie camera. The design sketches reveal a phone with a flat display, instead of the curved screens seen in Xiaomi’s Mi 10 series phones. As described in the patent filing, the screen area above the selfie camera becomes transparent when it is in use. When it is not activated, the area is displayed normally like the other parts of the screen.
While it is certainly possible that Xiaomi’s first phone with an in-display camera could feature a very similar design to the sketch above, it isn’t guaranteed. Even though Xiaomi has been working on in-display cameras for a long time now, the company’s Vice President said in March this year that it might take a long time for the first phone with the technology to become available. Thanks to the high pixel density of displays on modern phones, in-display cameras do not receive enough light to deliver acceptable image quality.
Xiaomi isn’t the only smartphone maker currently working on in-display cameras. OPPO and Samsung are also working on the technology, although neither of them has confirmed any plans of commercializing it yet.
Motorola’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy S20 is coming April 22
Motorola is revealing its next flagship smartphone series to rival the Galaxy S20 lineup on April 22, according to a tweet shared by the Chicago-based company today.
The Motorola Flagship Launch E-vent will be next Wednesday, April 22 at 11 a.m. CT/12 p.m. ET. Motorola is expected to unveil two new ‘Edge’ devices at the online press conference, including the standout Moto Edge Plus.
The Edge series is positioned to replace the modular Moto Z family, which first launched back in 2016. In our Moto Z4 review, we found Motorola’s latest handset to provide a decent 5G-ready experience for a budget price, but it lagged against competitors like the Google Pixel 3a. If rumors about the Moto Edge’s processing boost prove true, it could being the company back into the premium flagship market.
Motorola’s new phone is also rumored to sport a 6.67-inch display with a faster 90Hz refresh rate, catching the Edge Plus up to the likes of the Google Pixel 4 and OnePlus 7T. We’re also expecting a 5,000-mAh battery, and a triple camera array led by a 108-megapixel main sensor and a 25MP camera up front.
We also expect to see a budget Edge device offered alongside the Edge Plus, which could pack less powerful hardware and smaller 64-megapixel main sensor.
Of course, this is all speculation. The Motorola Flagship Launch E-vent’s teaser video doesn’t confirm any of previous leaks or rumors, but we could learn more as the announcement date approaches.