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Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021 dates revealed: Snapdragon 898 expected

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Highlights:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit focuses on 5G AI chips and use cases.
  • The event will run from November 30 to December 2.
  • Qualcomm says that it has developed two- and three-chip modular platforms for its new Snapdragon offerings

Snapdragon Summit is held annually, giving Qualcomm the chance to talk about its Snapdragon hardware and to announce and showcase the tech in smartphones and other devices in 2022 and beyond. For several years it has been held in Maui, Hawaii, bringing together a global tech audience. This year it’s all virtual obviously.

The landing page created for the event does not reveal many details about what to expect from Qualcomm Tech Summit 2021. It reads “More to come, soon!” which might imply that the company will reveal more details with time. However, it does mention that the event’s date is November 30 – December 2, 2021. During the three-day event, Qualcomm will reveal chipsets and other mobile technologies that will be experienced by users around the world in 2022.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 898

Over the past few years, Qualcomm has used Snapdragon Summit to launch its flagship Snapdragon platform – the Snapdragon 845 in 2017, the 855 in 2018, and the 865 in 2019. The Snapdragon 898 has now been announced as the next-gen chipset featuring the X60 modem that would have launched at Mobile World Congress this year – if it had happened. It is speculated that the new chip will be based on Samsung’s 4nm process that will likely make it faster and more efficient than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 888.

Early real-world 5G use cases include considerably higher-resolution and faster streaming videos, cloud gaming, and facilitating next-generation user-created content, such as enhancing the presence of 3D imagery and high-resolution 360-degree videos. Qualcomm also expects 5G will have a growing role in mixed reality experiences, including enabling virtual “presence” for teleconferencing and facilitating responsive augmented reality.

The chip is expected to use ARM’s ultra-powerful X1 CPU core and bring a substantial performance boost. Alongside it we should see an upper-midrange platform take the stage as well – early rumors suggested it will be called Snapdragon 775G. Senior executives from Sony, OnePlus, and Xiaomi will participate at the summit, so we should expect their companies to be among those to commit to releasing smartphones with the new chips in early 2022.

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