The popular Chipmaker Qualcomm recently told its plans for 2019 in the 4G/5G Summit held in Hong Kong, China where various manufacturers were announcing their future plans related to 5G. The official statement on behalf of Qualcomm hints that we might see a lot of phones with 5G support in 2019.
Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said that “at least two waves of major flagships” with the 5G radio next year, with the first lot arriving some time within the first half of the year, and the rest in the holiday season” based as per the current assumptions and plans of the company.
Moreover, the event also witnessed the launch of the new Snapdragon 675 SoC-an upgrade over the Snapdragon 670 which came earlier this year. Qualcomm bragged about the outstanding gaming experiences, advanced AI capabilities, and “cutting-edge” camera performance of the new chip, following which, Manu Kumar Jain, Global VP, and MD at Xiaomi India revealed that Xiaomi will soon launch a mid-range smartphone with Snapdragon 675 SoC.
Moving on further with the event, the company mentioned the advancements and developments it had achieved on the next-generation 5G technology. It also announced a smaller version of its QTM052 mmWave antenna module, which will play an important role in enabling 5G connectivity without affecting form factor of smartphones.
Barring the technical aspects, it is safe to assume that a majorly of smartphone manufacturers will be making 5G-supported smartphones starting in 2019. The phones will make use of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X50 modem, allowing for the new implementation.
The same thing will be used by OnePlus with their next year’s OnePlus 7 smartphone as confirmed by Carl Pei, Co-founder, OnePlus during the conference.
Additionally, the company has released a list of 19 OEMs which are committed to Qualcomm’s 5G vision for 2019. The list mentions popular brands such as OnePlus, Vivo, OPPO, ASUS, Xiaomi, HMD Global (Nokia), HTC, Sony, Sharp, LG, and Motorola. Others brands making the use of this new modem will include Fujitsu, computer networking firm Netgear, wireless communications equipment maker Sierra and a couple of other manufacturers. Also, it is possible that Qualcomm is further partnering with these manufacturers to increase the pace of 5G infrastructure rollout on carrier networks.
As of now, we already have a couple of brands teasing for 5G support, like Xiaomi with their upcoming Mi Mix 3 which is claimed to be world’s first commercial 5G phone. The Lenovo backed Motorola is already on the safer side with its 5G Moto Mod (using the same Snapdragon X50 Modem) allowing for 5G capabilities on existing Moto phones with Moto Mods support. Huawei, on the other hand, is already out with its Kirin 980 chip which natively can support 5G connectivity.
As you might notice, manufacturers like Samsung and Apple are absent from the list (we hope you are aware of Qualcomm’s recent fight with Apple). Well, it is hard to say for now that which OEM will bring the 5G smartphone first but it can be said that it’ll be from the house of Samsung, Xiaomi Huawei or OnePlus. Let’s see, stay tuned for more updates.
Xiaomi Shows Off 100W Super Charge Turbo, To be seen first on upcoming Redmi flagship!
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is finally back in the innovation game after a while now. This time, they have come up with something in the charging department. A few weeks back, the brand unveiled the fastest wireless charging technology which could output up to 20W.
This time, they have taken the wired charging to the next level by introducing Super Charge Turbo which can offer up to 100W (expected to be 20V/5A). This could charge a 4,000 mAh battery from 0 to 100% in just 17 minutes. To put this in perspective, the current leading wired charging is Oppo’s SuperVOOC Flash Charge 50W (10V/5A) and Huawei’s 55W fast charging. This will be twice as fast as the current charging techniques.
Lin Bin, co-founder and president of Xiaomi has officially teased Super Charge Turbo on Weibo by publishing a video where this new charging technique is compared on a smartphone with 4000 mAh battery against the Oppo R17 Pro which has a 3,700 mAh battery and 50W SuperVOOC flash charge. The Oppo R17 Pro will take around 35 minutes for a complete charge using its SuperVOOC flash charge. Take a look at the video below:
Moreover, Lu Weibing, president of Redmi division has announced that the sub-brand Redmi will be the first from Xiaomi to mass produce and implement the Xiaomi Super Charge Turbo which is quite surprising as the brand has decided to focus on the Redmi lineup more than the original Mi lineup. There were rumors in the past regarding an upcoming flagship Redmi smartphone. This technology will be seen in this next flagship which will be featuring Snapdragon 855 chipset.
There is no exact timeline regarding the arrival of this technology or the smartphone harnessing this feature. We’ll have to wait as of now for the brand to reveal further details. Till then, stay tuned for updates.
Vivo to bring their Sub-brand iQOO to India by June!
This piece of information comes from an anonymous Vivo executive who claims that iQOO will be entering the Indian market in late May or Early June. The brand will debut with the iQOO smartphone and will launch another handset later this year in India.
Both the upcoming smartphones from iQOO will launch as gaming smartphones in India and will compete against the likes of OnePlus handsets. The company plans to price these smartphones between Rs 30,000 and 60,000. The Vivo executive further reveals that a total of four variants of the two iQOO phones will be launched in India.
As for the Vivo iQOO smartphone that was launched in China, it features a 6.41 inch AMOLED display with a dew-drop notch resulting in a screen-to-body ratio of 91.7 percent. It houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and includes a ‘super liquid cooling’ to reduce heat while running heavy graphics-intensive games for long duration. It offers 6GB/8GB/12GB RAM and 128GB/256GB internal storage.
There is a triple camera setup at the rear consisting of a 12MP primary sensor with proprietary dual pixel technology, a 2MP depth sensor and a 13MP wide-angle lens (Sony IMX263) while offering a 12MP selfie camera. It comes with a Multi-Turbo service that includes AI Turbo, Center Turbo, Net Turbo, Cooling Turbo and Game Turbo to boost the performance. The high-end model is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery with support for 44W fast-charging and can fully charge in 45 minutes and 50% in just 15 minutes. The lower variant with a 6GB/128GB configuration lacks the 44W fast-charging and instead comes with a 22.5 W charging support. All the variants run on FunTouch OS based on Android 9 Pie.
As of now, Vivo has not announced or teased the launch of its iQOO sub-brand in India. We expect the teasers to arrive sometime in next month.
Xiaomi’s Black Shark Sets up HQ in India, New Launch Expected!
Xiaomi‘s very own sub-brand dedicated for gaming, Blackshark is all set to expand its business to India. Blackshark is known for its gaming-centric smartphones which offer flagship specifications along with efficient cooling mechanisms in order to avoid thermal throttling and hence maintain the performance of the device.
Smartphone gaming is booming in India where games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 is being actively played by the millennials in the country. Xiaomi’s move of bringing Black Shark to India is indeed a clever move and we expect it to be received well in the market.
The brand’s VP David Li has announced that he will be managing the overall operations of the sub-brand in India. Now that the brand has officially established its presence in India, it’s ensured that the next Blackshark device would make its way to India.
A new Black Shark device code-named Black Shark Skywalker was spotted on Geekbench a few months back. The device comes with ‘msmnile” chipset which is the codename of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Along with the 7nm Soc, it will be coupled with 8GB RAM. The device managed to score 3,494 and 11,149 on single core and multi-core tests respectively.
This leaked device might actually be the upcoming gaming Black Shark device. The previous generation Black Shark device, Black Shark Helo comes with 6-inch AMOLED display with 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution. It packs Snapdragon 845 processor, 6/8/10 GB RAM variants, 128/256 GB internal storage, dual 16 MP + 20 MP rear cameras, 20 MP front camera, and 4000mAh battery.
A bump in the overall specifications is expected from the Black Shark Helo. The chipset supports 5G connectivity but the decision to include the 5G supported X50 modem depends on the brand. Xiaomi will be sending out invites for the launch event for this new Black Shark device in the upcoming days. Till then, stay tuned for updates.
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