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Qualcomm Accelerates 5G Commercialization at Scale with Multiple Tiers of Snapdragon 5G Platforms Launching in 2020

The Company is Set to Expand 5G Across Tiers Faster than any Other Cellular Transition, Enabling 5G Accessibility to More than 2 Billion Users Globally in 2020

At IFA 2019, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, announced their plans to accelerate 5G global commercialization at scale by expanding its portfolio of 5G mobile platforms across the Snapdragon 8 Series, 7 Series and 6 Series in 2020. With over 150 5G designs launched or in development to date using the Company’s 5G solutions, Qualcomm Technologies is driving the proliferation of 5G across multiple tiers to make the next-generation of camera, video, AI and gaming experiences more broadly available. This expanded portfolio rollout aims to support features and frequency bands globally and has the potential to make 5G accessible to more than 2 billion smartphone users.

“Qualcomm Technologies delivered the world’s first and most advanced 5G mobile platform including the first comprehensive Modem-RF System to accelerate 5G commercialization in 2019,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “And we are uniquely positioned to accelerate 5G commercialization to scale globally with our OEM and operator customers with expanded mobile platform offerings across our Snapdragon 8 Series, 7 Series and 6 Series in 2020.”

These new mobile platforms will be the first in a roadmap of software-compatible 5G mobile platforms and take advantage of the Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF System. This breakthrough Snapdragon system is designed to deliver best-in-class cellular performance, coverage, power-efficiency, and cutting-edge form factors in 5G devices, at global scale. Snapdragon’s expanded portfolio of 5G mobile platforms is designed to support all key regions and frequency bands including mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum, TDD and FDD modes, 5G multi-SIM, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, and Standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures – providing flexibility and enabling 5G network deployment roadmaps globally.

The flagship Snapdragon 8 Series is already powering leading 5G mobile devices that were introduced globally in 2019. More details on the next generation Snapdragon 8 Series 5G Mobile Platform will come later this year.

First to announce an integrated 5G platform back in February of this year, the Company’s Snapdragon 7 Series 5G Mobile Platform will have 5G integrated into a SoC (System-on-Chip) and support all key regions and frequency bands. This highly efficient mobile platform built on 7nm process technology is designed to exceed what is expected from today’s high-tier mobile experiences by bringing select premium-tier features, including the next gen Qualcomm® AI Engine and select Qualcomm® Snapdragon Elite Gaming™ features, to a broader audience.

Twelve leading global OEMs and brands including OPPO, realme, Redmi, Vivo, Motorola, HMD Global, the home of Nokia smartphones, and LG Electronics, plan to use this new integrated Snapdragon 7 Series 5G mobile platform in their future 5G mobile devices. The integrated Snapdragon 7 Series 5G Mobile Platform began sampling to customers in the second quarter of 2019. With exceptional progress, Qualcomm Technologies has accelerated the commercial readiness of this platform to fourth quarter of 2019 with devices expected to launch soon thereafter. Full details of the platform will be disclosed later this year.

The Snapdragon 6 Series 5G Mobile Platform is designed to make 5G user experiences even more broadly available in alignment with operators’ deployment plans to deliver 5G coverage around the world. The Snapdragon 6 Series is known for bringing the most asked for mobile experiences to the masses. Devices based on the Snapdragon 6 Series 5G Mobile Platform are expected to be commercially available in the second half of 2020 proliferating 5G globally.

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