As tech giants continue to come up with new devices equipped with new features, the smartphone landscape also continues to change. Though 2018 is still young, a number of phone manufacturers are already gearing up for 2019.
According to a report from Gadgets 360, chip maker Qualcomm announced that more than a dozen different smartphone and PC OEM manufacturers have tied up with the company, to have the former incorporate the upcoming Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem in their devices beginning next year. Leading the list of manufacturers are Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo, the report noted.
Other companies that forged a partnership with Qualcomm include Sony, LG, ZTE, HTC, and HMD Global, which holds the Nokia brand license. Interestingly, Chinese phone manufacturer Vivo was one of the first to confirm that they will be coming up with a smartphone carrying the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem next year.
"As evidenced by our work with these distinguished OEMs from around the globe and as we demonstrated in 3G and 4G LTE, Qualcomm Technologies is utilizing our deep expertise and technology leadership to support the successful launch of 5G NR, driving innovation in the mobile ecosystem," said Alex Katouzian, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Mobile of Qualcomm Technologies.
OEMs that have tied up with the chipset maker include Sierra Wireless, Telit, Wingtech, Fujitsu, Inseego/Novatel Wireless, and NetComm Wireless, among others.
Meanwhile, a report from TheVerge noted that three of the leading smartphone makers, namely, Apple, Samsung, and Huawei were interestingly missing on the list. Apple and Samsung both use Qualcomm's modems in some of their products while Huawei does not.
Samsung will likely cut its ties with Qualcomm this year and just use its Exynos chipset. Apple, on the other hand, is in a locked in a legal battle with the chipset maker, which could also mean that it will be severing its ties with the latter.