Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon used his IFA keynote to explain the company’s 5G strategy. Key priorities include widening access to 5G-enabled devices and opening up game-changing new use cases like 5G fixed wireless as an alternative to wired home broadband.
On the device side, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 mobile platform supports most of the premium smartphones already in the market. However, Amon said the company will be expanding its portfolio of 5G mobile platforms across the Snapdragon 8 Series, 7 Series and 6 Series in 2020. As a result, it will make the next-generation of camera, video, AI and gaming experiences more broadly available to users.
According to Amon, 12 global OEMs and brands including OPPO, realme, Redmi,Vivo, Motorola, HMDGlobal, the home of Nokia smartphones, and LG Electronics, plan to use the new integrated 7 Series 5G mobile platform in their future 5G mobile devices. Qualcomm’s new tech will be commercially ready by the fourth quarter of 2019 with devices expected to launch soon thereafter. Qualcomm also introduced the Qualcomm QTM527 mmWave antenna module for the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System, delivering the world’s first fully integrated extended-range mmWave solution for 5G fixed wireless access. In short, this will allow mobile operators to offer fixed internet broadband services to homes and businesses using their 5G network infrastructure. “This is yet another example of 5G’s potential to transform industries beyond the smartphone, just like we’re seeing in transportation, AR/ VR, manufacturing and more,” said Amon.

Photo: Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm