Qualcomm Bringing 5G to Snapdragon 4-Series Soon
Qualcomm is teasing a new Snapdragon 4xx chip that will support 5G. The company is withholding details for now, but promises that devices using the new chip will ship in the first quarter of 2021. In the Snapdragon lineup, the 4 series targets mass-market affordable phones, sitting just above the 2 series (for the most entry-level phones). Even many entry-level phones now use 4-series chips, so bringing 5G to the 4 series will mark a major milestone. Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon added that the "Snapdragon 4-series 5G Mobile Platform is designed to exceed expectations for the mass-market segment by bringing an assortment of predominately high- and mid-tier features to a broader audience." Qualcomm started introducing 5G at the top end of the Snapdragon lineup, with the 8-series. It was just two months ago that Qualcomm brought 5G to the 6 series with the Snapdragon 690.
Dec 4, 2019
Qualcomm today revealed the full details of its first Snapdragon chip with an integrated 5G modem, the Snapdragon 765. As its model number suggests, it offers better performance than the company's 6-series chips that have previously been common to higher-end (but not "flagship") phones in the US.
Nov 7, 2019
T-Mobile today announced plans to offer three new programs offering 5G service for free to certain groups, or cheaply for everyone else. The company is promising to launch the programs when and if it is allowed to merge with Sprint.
Jul 13, 2020
US carriers have launched a flurry of new entry-level phones from LG and Samsung in recent weeks. The phones include three new models from each of the two manufacturers.
Jun 5, 2020
Motorola is refreshing its entry-level lineup with a new Moto e for 2020 and a new model at the low end of its (mid-range) g series. The Moto e (2020) and Moto g fast will both be available unlocked and with Boost, and the Moto e will be available with several other US carriers as well.
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