Qualcomm is ready to take on the battle against Apple in the mobile space. The Chief Marketing Officer of Qualcomm has confirmed at MWC 2024 that the upcoming flagship chip, Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, will launch with Nuvia-designed Oryon CPU cores. This will significantly raise the CPU performance on SD 8 Gen 4 and finally, Android flagships may be able to compete against Apple's A-series chips in the CPU department. Qualcomm says the SoC is scheduled to launch in October, this fall.
At the MWC Barcelona 2024, Qualcomm announced its most capable 5G modem yet, the Snapdragon X80 5G modem. It's laced with AI features to improve the overall user experience and reduce power consumption while being on mmWave bands. The new modem also has satellite connectivity baked in. The chipmaker has also announced the FastConnect 7900 system for improved Wi-Fi 7 performance using AI.
Apple extends its deal with Qualcomm to continue using the company's 5G modem chips until March 2027. This news was confirmed by Qulacomm's CEO during the company's first earning call of 2024. Apple has been working hard to develop its in-house modem chip but it has seen several delays. The upcoming iPhone 16 Pro models will pack a brand-new Qualcomm X75 modem for 5G improvements.
According to a latest report citing supply chain sources, Apple has decided to abandon the custom 5G modem development project. Despite pouring in billions of dollars and efforts, Apple has failed to develop an in-house 5G modem as efficient as the competitors. This would mean, Qualcomm will continue to supply 5G modems for iPhones.