One of the biggest concerns that I recently expressed with the global rollout of 5G networks is the perceived unaffordability of the flagship devices that have been launched with 5G support. However, at its IFA 2019 Keynote, Qualcomm clearly set out to answer my questions specifically—don’t I wish—by announcing plans to make its 5G technology available in their lower-end chipsets.
Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm, announced on the IFA Keynote stage that Qualcomm will support multiple tiers of 5G devices starting later this year with the launch of 5G networking in their 7 Series and 6 Series chipsets. It previously only had 5G within its top-of-the-line 8 Series Snapdragon X55 5G chip.
According to Amon, the rollout to the 7 and 6 Series chipsets is Qualcomm’s attempt at making 5G affordable and scaling the networking technology. The present challenge that the networking technology faces—and the next step in its global rollout—is achieving scale. And to that end, “devices are going to help us scale 5G,” he said.