Two different — and recent — reports have suggested that Google and LG could skip the flagship processor for their respective series that till now have been powered by Snapdragon 800 series.
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A recent report by 9to5Google the
Pixel 5 was spotted with the code name “Bramble” alongside another codename “Redfin.” These codenames were first discovered in January 2020 by XDA-Developers, who had revealed that the Redfin and Bramble were spotted with sm7250 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 SoC that comes with integrated 5G modem. A report by Korean website Naver suggests the same for LG for its upcoming LG G9 ThinQ, which is also rumoured to come powered by Snapdragon 765G.
While these two devices are still under the wraps one handset that has been launched is HMD Global’s
Nokia 8.3. As per tradition, the company launches its flagship device at this time, however, the company has slightly altered the approach this year and used the Snapdragon 765G SoC for its first 5G handset.
A report by Ars Technica has highlighted that the shift in the approach of smartphone OEMs could possibly be because the Snapdragon 865 is an expensive chipset. Not only that, but this SoC also requires equally powerful hardware — that includes X55 modem, complicated motherboard design, more space, et all — to support it. This, in turn, creates a requirement for bigger
phones with huge displays and powerful batteries. Therefore, it’s not just the cost of the chipset but also the overall cost of the handset that rises.
The report also reveals that the Snapdragon 765G is not actually slightly worse in every way as compared to the flagship Snapdragon 865 but “one-ups the 865 in one area: it’s Qualcomm’s first SoC with an integrated 5G modem.” This means that unlike the two-chip design of the Snapdragon 865, the 765G comes in a single-chip package, which allows OEMs “keep the simpler one-chip SoC solutions that were common in
4G phones in 2019, and in addition to directly being cheaper, this design should also help reduce costs with a smaller footprint and less power usage.”