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Qualcomm lifts the lid on Snapdragon 865 SoC flagship/gaming smartphones

by on26 February 2020

ROG Phone 3, Zenphone 7, Legion Gaming Phone, and more

During its "What’s Next in 5G" hosted by Qualcomm's CEO Steve Mollenkopf and President Cristiano Amon, Qualcomm revealed several next-gen technologies, but also reflect on devices powered by its own Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform, revealing some announced, but also some unannounced upcoming smartphones.

Qualcomm is obviously quite proud of its Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform and it is the 5G SoC of choice for flagship smartphones. There are plenty of announced smartphones with Snapdragon 865, with Samsung leading the pack with its flagship Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra smartphones, Xiaomi with Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, Sony with Xperia One Mark Two, IQOO 3, rumored Meizu 17, Realme X50 Pro, Redmi K30 Pro, vivo Apex 2020 concept, and more.

Plenty of new smartphones coming with Snapdragon 865

According to Qualcomm, there are over 70 designs that have been announced or are in development based on the Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform, and these will pave the 5G future with a second-generation 5G Modem-RF System, the Snapdragon X55, as well as bring connectivity improvements like WiFi 6 with a FastConnect 6800 mobile connectivity subsystem.

In addition to 5G and connectivity, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 SoC also has been marked as the best SoC for gaming smartphones, with Snapdragon Elite Gaming desktop-level features, so it does not come as a surprise that the list of smartphones include some upcoming gaming smartphones, which is still a rare breed, but also a rising trend.

“As the world’s leading wireless technology innovator, we are committed to driving and scaling 5G to the consumer. This year, the Snapdragon 865 will help make 5G accessible to billions of smartphone users around the world, further enabling immersive mobile experiences like high-speed gaming, intelligent multi-camera capture and all-day battery life”, said Alex Katouzian, Senior Vice President and General Manager for mobile at Qualcomm.

Qualcomm has released a list of Snapdragon 865-powered smartphones that are announced or coming soon and, as noted, it includes some that are already known, but also some yet to be announced smartphones, like the Asus gaming ROG Phone 3, Asus Zenphone 7, or Legion Gaming Phone, which is most likely Lenovo's push into the gaming smartphone market.

Here is the announced list of phones powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 SoC:

Black Shark 3
FCNT arrows 5G
iQOO 3
Legion Gaming Phone
Nubia Red Magic 5G
OPPO Find X2
realme X50 Pro
Redmi K30 Pro
ROG Phone 3
Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra
Sony Xperia 1 II
vivo APEX 2020 Concept Phone
Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro
ZenFone 7
ZTE Axon 10s Pro


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