Google and LG, South Korea’s leading technology maker, are likely to skip the top-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 platform for their smartphones this year, since the cost of the chipset is too high, a report said. The Pixel 5 and the Pixel 5 XL do not actually use Qualcomm’s flagship, the Android code base Snapdragon 865.
Both use the Snapdragon 765G, a chip that is a step behind the Qualcomm 865 line. In fact, there is no Snapdragon 865 Google phone in the Android repository, ArsTechnica reported on Monday. LG takes an approach similar to its 2020 flagship, the LG G9 ThinQ: instead of shipping the Snapdragon 865, the company also chooses the cheapest 765G, according to the Naver website.
HMD Global did the same recently with the launch of the Nokia 8.3 smartphone. There are several reasons for the higher price. First of all, the Snapdragon 865 took a step backwards in integrating SoC compared to previous years. The chipset does not have an integrated modem – instead, it unloads 4G and 5G connectivity on a separate chip called the X55 Modem, added the ArsTechnica report.
Originally posted 2020-03-24 21:53:55.