Soon after Huawei confirmed that its upcoming Kirin 980 processor with be manufactured on the 7nm process technology, Qualcomm has confirmed something that the industry has suspected all along. The company’s next flagship processor, like called the Snapdragon 855, will be built on the 7nm process technology. Qualcomm has also confirmed that it will be compatible with its Snapdragon X50 5G modem to deliver 5G capabilities to flagship smartphones next year.
The company further added that it has sent samples of the new System on Chip (SoC) to multiple manufacturing partners that have started developing next-generation devices. It’s pertinent to note here that Qualcomm’s press release mentions that this process can be paired with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem.
It’s not multi-mode so it will only be able to support 4G LTE if it’s paired with an additional 4G LTE modem. This would mean that the device will need to have two modems instead of one. Qualcomm is working on an integrated solution but it’s not expected to be out before we’re well into the new year.
No further technical details of this SoC have been revealed today. Qualcomm says that it will provide additional details about this new 7nm SoC in the fourth quarter of this year. That’s traditionally when it announces its next-generation flagship processors.