Snapdragon 695 Gives Qualcomm's 6 Series a Boost
Qualcomm today announced four new Snapdragon chips to power next year's smartphones, across a variety of price points. While some of the chips are genuinely new, others are minor variants of existing chips that seem to address the global supply-chain issues affecting the chip industry. The most significant new chip is the Snapdragon 695, which is a significant upgrade over the 690 with the addition of mmWave 5G. It's also more powerful, with 30% faster graphics performance, 15% faster CPU, and 10% faster clock speed. It also upgrades to a newer 6nm manufacturing process for better power efficiency. Qualcomm also introduced "plus" versions of two existing chips. The new Snapdragon 778G Plus and Snapdragon 480 Plus are both 5G chips with specs almost identical to the existing (non-"plus") chips. The 778G Plus has the "boosted performance" of a 2.5 GHz clock speed instead of 2.4 GHz, a minor difference. Qualcomm says these new chips will "provide OEMs with additional options to help meet the existing demand". Presumably these "plus" chips are merely manufactured at different chip foundries from the originals, and are a response to the supply chain issues facing the entire chip industry globally. Qualcomm also announced a new 4G-only chip in the 6 series, the Snapdragon 680 4G. It's made with a modern, efficient 6nm process. As US carriers continue to push 5G aggressively, it's not clear if the 680 will reach the US.
Feb 20, 2019
The tenth edition of Samsung's Galaxy S series of flagship phones includes, for the first time, four different models spanning a range of sizes and price points. Samsung announced the Galaxy S10 series today at an event in San Francisco.
Jan 6, 2020
Alcatel today announced four new affordable phones in its 1- and 3-series. While they are mostly similar to least year's models, all have significantly larger batteries.
Dec 1, 2021
Qualcomm will make a big push to bring high-speed mmWave 5G to more affordable phones in 2022, according to comments made by CEO Cristiano Amon during a Q&A session at the company's Snapdragon Summit event in Hawaii today. For a phone to support mmWave 5G, multiple specialty antenna modules need to be added, which can raise a phone's price by $50 – 100.
Oct 29, 2020
LG today unveiled the K92 5G, its entry into the growing surge of phones designed to bring 5G to more affordable price points. The K92 5G will be sold by AT&T, Cricket, and US Cellular starting at just $359, breaking the $399 barrier for the first time.
Jul 1, 2020
T-Mobile US and Dish Network today announced that they have completed the previously-announced sale of Boost, the prepaid arm of Sprint. Dish now owns the Boost brand and takes responsibility for its 9.3 million customer accounts, hundreds of employees, and thousands of independent retailers.
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