(Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc. announced Friday the introduction of fifth-generation technology, or 5G, chips for mid-priced Samsung Galax...

Qualcomm will extend 5G chips to mid-priced phones next year

(Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc. announced Friday the introduction of fifth-generation technology, or 5G, chips for mid-priced Samsung Galaxy S10 5G mobile phones for $ 1299. model.

Qualcomm is already providing phone manufacturers, such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, with 5G wireless data network chips, which should be faster than current 4G and LTE networks. But these chips usually come from the most expensive range of San Diego chip suppliers, the Snapdragon 8 series.

Qualcomm said in statements prepared for the IFA technology fair in Berlin that it planned to add 5G features to its cheaper Snapdragon 6 and 7 series devices, which would allow 5G phones to be offered at lower prices than current models. , mainly iconic devices with a price of a price. The Qualcomm Series 6 and 7 Snapdragon chips are found in Motorola, Motorola, Xiaomi Corp Oppo and Vivo devices sold in the $ 300 range.

Analysts believe that the new 5G networks will encourage many consumers to update their phone after years of stagnant market. Qualcomm, the world's largest provider of mobile phone chips, has arrived early on the market with 5G modem chips to connect phones to networks, but faces intense competition.

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is planning a new high-end smartphone, the Mate 30, which will offer 5G capabilities but will use a Kirin 990 chip developed by Huawei for the HiSilicon subsidiary. The prospects for this phone depend on the ability to use the official Android operating system of Alphabet Inc. in light of Huawei's blacklists by the administration of US President Donald Trump.

Taiwan-based MediaTek Inc. announced earlier this year a 5G smartphone chip.

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The Qualcomm chip manages both variants of 5G networks, called frequency bands below 6 and millimeters. This means that the phones using your chip will work on any provider's 5G networks, especially in the United States.

Chips such as MediaTek can only handle bands below 6, which reduces the cost and complexity of chips and phone design. However, this means that phones can not take full advantage of networks of US carriers such as Verizon Communications Inc. and AT & T Inc., which use millimeter-wave technology.

Qualcomm's approach seems to be gaining market share. Samsung announced on Thursday that it would use a Qualcomm chip on its Galaxy A90 phone in Europe, a device that previously used Samsung's processor chips.

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