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Leak reveals specs for Qualcomm's upcoming 5G-ready entry-level Snapdragon 6-series SoC

Qualcomm's entry-level 5G SM6350 SoC is expected to be featured in handhelds launching in the second half of 2020.  (Image Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm's entry-level 5G SM6350 SoC is expected to be featured in handhelds launching in the second half of 2020. (Image Source: Qualcomm)
The upcoming SM6350 entry-level 5G SoC from Qualcomm is rumored to go head to head with similar chips like the MT6853 5G from MediaTek, the Kirin 720 5G from Huawei and the Exynos 880 from Samsung.
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5G is certainly seeing increased adoption, but the fact that only premium mid-range and high-end phones support the new standard does not really help speed up the rate. SoC makers are well aware of this caveat, so we are now starting to see a move to include 5G features for entry-level mobile processors. Some of the upcoming budget SoCs to feature 5G compatibility include the MT6853 5G from MediaTek and the Kirin 720 5G from Huawei, while Samsung is rumored to soon announce the Exynos 880 5G. Qualcomm cannot be missing from the roster, as the latest leak coming from China points out to the existence of a Snapdragon 6-series chip that should be announced soon.

Reliable leaker Digital Chat Station from the Chinese Weibo forums reports that Qualcomm’s upcoming entry-level 5G SoC is codenamed SM6350 and integrates two Cortex-A77 performance cores clocked at 2.25 GHz coupled with six general use Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. The SoC also includes an Adreno 615 iGPU that can boost up to 850 MHz.

The new wave of budget-friendly 5G handsets should be landing in the second half of 2020. Vivo will most likely be the first to deliver a budget 5G smartphone with the Y70s model powered by the Exynos 880 SoC. Soon after, the entry-level market should get pretty competitive, as MediaTek, Huawei and Qualcomm will try to disrupt Samsung’s dominance.

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1535 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2020-05-21 (Update: 2020-05-21)