The chipmaker has introduced the Snapdragon 865 that is expected to reach this year’s major handsets and another model for intermediates. In addition, its fingerprint sensor was upgraded
After being charged earlier this week by Intel for causing it billions of dollars in losses, Qualcomm is broadcasting business as usual and announcing two new models for its processor that has become an integral part of most Android devices in the world.
For both flagships and intermediates
Qualcomm unveiled at its annual Snapdragon conference in Hawaii its two new processor models – the 865 and the 765. The 865 will continue its journey of the 855 and 855+ and will be the next processor to be found on most flagship devices – the best handsets of Android manufacturers.
The company’s two new processors will come with 5G connectivity, the 865 will come with a dedicated modem (model X55, the X50 continues) while the mid-range processor, the 765, will connect to the fifth-generation built-in chip – without the need for an external modem.
This is a bit of a strange decision considering the fact that the more upscale chip comes with an external modem, which is likely to use more of the device’s battery, while integration with the chip is more cost-effective. Qualcomm may be building on the fact that flagship devices usually come with larger batteries so that the damage is not difficult, compared to intermediate devices.
And there are also fingerprint sensor enhancements
Aside from its new processors, Qualcomm introduced the new generation of its fingerprint sensor embedded below the phone screen. The new generation, dubbed the 3D Sonic Max, is supposed to solve the first-generation problems and comes with a sensor 17 times larger than the previous generation.
Thanks to the significant increase in sensor size, users can use two fingers at the same time – thus providing a higher level of security. The first generation of Qualcomm sensor was embedded under the Samsung flagship screens – Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 + and Note 10 and brought with it quite a few problems.
The sensor was even accidentally hacked by a British couple who bought a certain screen protector who managed to fool it and give anyone who tried to use its access to the device. The security breach was considered very serious and even triggered a reaction from banks in Israel, who stopped supporting their apps open on Samsung devices with the fingerprint sensor until it was repaired last October. Qualcomm expects that increasing the sensor should solve the problems of the previous generation, especially security breaches that can be caused by the use of some screen protectors.
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