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Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 could be the first on the small 5nm node

Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 875 should be on 5nm at TSMC and power 2021 smartphones

By Anthony Garreffa from Aug 26, 2019 @ 23:06 CDT

Qualcomm is expected to unveil its new Snapdragon 865 processor later this year, its new SoC to power next-gen flagship 2020 smartphones, but Snapdragon 875 will be right around the corner in 2021.

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The latest on the Snapdragon 875 is that TSMC will be handling the manufacturing on its new 5nm node, compared to the upcoming Snapdragon 865 that will be made on the 7nm EUV process over at Samsung. We are to expect an integrated 5G modem on the new Snapdragon 865, something that we'll be detailed on in the coming months.

Snapdragon 875 on the other hand should be an all-5G chip on the new 5nm node from TSMC, so we should expect an insane 171.3 million transistors per square millimeter, which kinda blows my mind.

Qualcomm's current Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 855+ are already fast, but Snapdragon 865 is about to be unleashed and power 2020 smartphones while Snapdragon 875 is already on the horizon for 2021-2022 smartphones. We should expect everything to be 5G by then, as Apple will also be stepping into the ring with 5G-enabled iPhones especially since it acquired Intel's modem division for $1 billion.

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