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Qualcomm Talks About 5G, XR Devices, And New Laptops At IFA 2020

Phone with qualcomm 5g chip© by Qualcomm

5G coming to the Snapdragon 4-Series

Qualcomm announced at IFA 2020 that it’s extending 5G Ultra-Wideband connectivity, previously available to its Snapdragon 8-Series, 7-Series and 6-Series, to the Snapdragon 4-Series of chips.

people forming a 5 and a G

The Snapdragon 4-Series is often described as Qualcomm’s entry-level chipset and it powers some smartphones, but also IoT devices like smart-speakers, and smartTVs.

While no specific devices were announced today, Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm Inc., did mention that more Snapdragon 4-Series 5G devices are in the pipeline.

Extended Reality and ANC

Qualcomm also highlighted not just regular wearables (Snapdragon’s chips are very common in Wear OS products), but also specifically extended reality and announced the Qualcomm XR2 5G chip for that application. No details no the products themselves yet, but Qualcomm did highlight their work with big names like Microsoft and Oculus whose products are powered by Qualcomm today, so you can expect the XR2 to likely come to devices from those manufacturers.

Qualcomm also spoke about their evolving active noise cancellation technology that aims to improve ANC devices through technology that will ensure the best noise cancellation experience for the most users possible.

Laptops

Jerry Kao of Acer promoting laptop

Qualcomm invited Acer’s Co-COO Jerry Kao onto their virtual stage to show off a new Acer laptop powered by the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G-capable chip. They say the laptop will have days of battery life and will be both always on and always connected so users don’t have to wait when they need it.

Written by Horacio Balseiro

Horacio Balseiro

Horacio is our in-house Programmer and Director of Research.

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