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Qualcomm aims to ship over 750 million 5G smartphones in 2022

Qualcomm expects 450 million 5G handsets by 2021, over 750 million 5G handsets by 2022

By: Anthony Garreffa from Nov 19, 2019 @ 23:21 CST

Qualcomm has been at the forefront of 5G for years now, with the Snapdragon giant set to unleash 5G onto the world in a big way over the coming years -- with plans of seeing over 750 million 5G-capable smartphones in the wild by 2022.

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The company recently made the prediction during its recent Analyst Day 2019, providing an idea of what to expect over the next few years when it comes to 5G. Qualcomm talked about 5G growth during the event, where it said it expects to see 175-225 million 5G handsets deployed in 2020, over 450 million by 2021, and a huge 750 million by 2022.

Qualcomm notes that 5G adoption will be faster than 4G due to the "timing of China commercialization and availability of chipsets across tiers". The company will have three different tiers of its Snapdragon processors with 5G capabilities in 2020, with the Snapdragon 600 and 700 series to both pack 5G while its flagship Snapdragon 800 series will continue on with its 5G powers.

Right now, Qualcomm's only 5G-capable Snapdragon is the Snapdragon 855 which packs an on-board Snapdragon X55 modem. We should expect the new Snapdragon 865 processor to be unveiled at Qualcomm's annual Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui, Hawaii in just a few weeks time -- I'll be there, delivering the news from the beaches of Maui.

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