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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday March 25 2020, @01:15AM   Printer-friendly
from the too-expensive dept.

Reports: Google, LG, don't want Qualcomm's super-expensive Snapdragon 865:

Qualcomm really threw a wrench into the flagship SoC market for 2020 with the Snapdragon 865. The new chip was a big departure from previous years thanks to Qualcomm's aggressive push for 5G, which comes with design requirements that make phones bigger, hotter, and more expensive than previous years. While we've already seen Samsung and many Chinese OEMs step up with 865-powered super-flagships that are more expensive than ever, for some OEMs, it seems like the cost is just too high. A pair of recent reports indicated that both Google and LG are skipping out on the Snapdragon 865 this year, opting instead for a cheaper chip.

For Google's next flagship smartphone, the Pixel 5, a few signs have popped up indicating it won't use the Snapdragon 865. Pixel phones always pop up in the Android code repository with fishy codenames before release, and in January, XDA Developers spotted three devices codenamed "Sunfish," "Redfin," and "Bramble." A recent teardown of the Google camera app gave us definitions for each of these codenames. "Sunfish" was labeled as "photo_pixel_2020_midrange_config," aka the Pixel 4a, while Bramble and Redfin were labeled "photo_pixel_2020_config," which should be the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL.

As reported by XDA in January, the Pixel 5 and 5 XL don't actually use Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 865. In the Android code base, both are running the Snapdragon 765G, a chip that's one step down from the 865 in Qualcomm's lineup. There isn't actually a Snapdragon 865 Google phone in the Android repository.

Korean site Naver reports that LG is taking a similar approach to its 2020 flagship, the LG G9 ThinQ: instead of shipping the 865, the company is also opting for the cheaper 765G. HMD did the same thing recently with the launch of the Nokia 8.3.


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  • (Score: 2) by captain normal on Wednesday March 25 2020, @06:04AM (1 child)

    by captain normal (2205) on Wednesday March 25 2020, @06:04AM (#975349)

    Can you actually buy one in the U.S. and get a carrier to accept it?

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  • (Score: 1) by petecox on Wednesday March 25 2020, @08:58AM

    by petecox (3228) on Wednesday March 25 2020, @08:58AM (#975378)

    Not sure, not my country.

    Here in Australia a major retailer is positioning them to take up the slack of that other Chinese brand, Huawei.