Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G is Here – New 5G Chipset for Android

12/04/2019     Author: Billy Gray

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 has landed and it looks like Android flagships will be using it in 2020 as standard. The future of 5G has landed in full effect.


The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 has powered most of the major flagship smartphones in 2019, and it’s been a stunning chipset to have on board. Qualcomm has now announced that the Snapdragon 865 is here and it’ll be powering your Android flagships in 2020. The chipset is going to be joined by the Snapdragon 765 5G, which is 5G compatible and ready to move into the New Year with substantial power behind it.

The new chipset will certainly be welcomed by the Android community, which has enjoyed the power of the Snapdragon 855 for the whole of 2019. But just how much more power will this new update have? And does this mean that any smartphone powered by it will be 5G compatible? Is there a non-5G version, as well? In this post, we’ll answer these questions for you so that you know exactly what to expect from the world of smartphone manufacturing in 2020.

What is the Snapdragon 865 5G?

The new chipset from Qualcomm is going to be the best that the company has on offer to put into Android smartphones in the coming year. Most flagship smartphones in 2019 used the Snapdragon 855, while Samsung used their own Exynos chipsets outside of the US, and Huawei uses their own Kirin chipsets. Apple use their own Bionic chipsets. For the most part, however, everyone else uses Snapdragon.

5G ready: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset is the update to the existing Snapdragon 855. It’ll focus on 5G and AI compatibility, meaning that the new Android flagships will be 5G ready. The chipset is being unveiled alongside the Qualcomm X55 5G modem, which even Apple are backing to potentially use in an iPhone next year. This modem is being touted as the most advanced 5G modem for mobile currently available, and with the power of Qualcomm behind it, it’s likely that it’ll stay that way for some time to come.

What is the Snapdragon 755 5G?

As well as announcing their new heavy-hitter, Qualcomm have also announced the Snapdragon 755 5G, which will be a cheaper 5G option, allowing budget smartphones to also come with access to the next generation of mobile internet connectivity. This is a big step forward in ensuring that 5G can reach as many people as possible in 2020, and such demand will also fuel further investment and development into the 5G rollout across the world.

At the present time, not many cities are 5G ready, but commercial trials are in operation around the world and the technology will be much more widely deployed in the coming year. With more demand from mobile users, telecommunications companies will have a lot more incentive to put up more antenna towers and connect more of the world to 5G.

Both chipsets will also come with a non-5G version, which will allow them to be used in cheaper non-5G phones, which means that everyone should be getting a decent boost, regardless of their budget. Make no mistake, though, the focus will be on the 5G variants as we march onwards into 2020.

Why is 5G so important?  

5G is the next generation of mobile internet that will be gracing the world in the next couple of years. There are already quite a few cities around the US, UK, and elsewhere that have 5G coverage. The thing is, not everywhere has it and, as a result, many phone manufacturers have opted not to bother releasing 5G compatible smartphones yet.

Many people expected the iPhone 11 to have 5G support, but it didn’t, and this reflects how companies aren’t ready to embrace 5G yet. The reason for this is that a lot of their customers won’t be able to use it yet, and it makes the price of their phone more expensive.

But why is 5G such a big deal? What can you actually do with it and just how fast is this new mobile internet? Didn’t we just get 4G?

Blisteringly fast speeds

5G is a lot faster than 4G. You’ll be able to download a movie 4K in just a minute. In fact, 5G is going to make technologies that are currently cutting-edge the norm. For example, 4K streaming is now normal with 5G. It won’t take up much bandwidth at all because 5G is so much quicker. This means that you can get a way better picture, every time.

Sending information quickly

The potential to transfer massive amounts of data in lightning-fast speeds has been made possible by 5G. This doesn’t just mean that you can throw more attachments into your emails, however – it also means that systems and infrastructure can send information more effectively. A good example of this being applied in real terms is driverless cars. These require a massive amount of data to constantly be transferred and 5G will make this more possible.

Remote surgery

Thanks to super-fast 4K streaming and high data transfer capacity, remote consultations with your GP will be more common. This is called telemedicine. There is also Telesurgery, which allows doctors to perform brain surgery and other important operations on remote patients from thousands of miles away. This will come as a real help to those living in remote communities like the Arctic and the Outback, where access to doctors is limited and this can prove life-threatening.

Is 5G dangerous?

There have been some rumors – and even protests – saying that 5G is a public health risk. This is an overblown assumption that has been looked into by health professionals and scientists and the conclusion is that 5G poses no threat to public health. The threat was considered to be the small waves that the signal lets out, which people say could interfere with your brain waves and so on. This is simply not backed-up by any evidence and these claims are more likely the result of hysteria in the media and conspiracy theorists. 5G is safe, and it’s coming soon to you. Enjoy it!

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