CES 2019: At least 30 5G smartphones powered by Qualcomm chips to launch this year | HT Tech

CES 2019: At least 30 5G smartphones powered by Qualcomm chips to launch this year

Leading the rush to get the new 5G phones in the hands of consumers this year will help Qualcomm profit from the widespread adoption of the technology in 2020, President Christiano Amon said at CES 2019.

By: IAN KING
| Updated on: Jan 08 2019, 10:01 IST
International CES 2019: Qualcomm’s technology dominated the mobile industry during the last two generational advancements, giving it market share leadership and huge profits
International CES 2019: Qualcomm’s technology dominated the mobile industry during the last two generational advancements, giving it market share leadership and huge profits (REUTERS)

Qualcomm Inc., the largest maker of chips for smartphones, said it's leading the charge to be the main supplier of technology for 5G phones coming this year and announced new products aimed at winning more orders in the automotive market.

The company's chips will be in 30 devices with 5G connections coming to the market later in 2019, Qualcomm said Monday at the annual CES show in Las Vegas. It also announced three new chips for cars aimed at bringing digital dashboard technology to mass-market models.

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Qualcomm's technology dominated the mobile industry during the last two generational advancements, giving it market share leadership and huge profits. Almost a decade after the debut of 4G services, with overall consumer interest in smartphones slowing and a worldwide legal fight with Apple Inc., which is no longer a customer, the San Diego-based chipmaker's earnings have suffered.

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Leading the rush to get the new 5G phones in the hands of consumers this year will help Qualcomm profit from the widespread adoption of the technology in 2020, President Christiano Amon said. The new services use wider sets of airwaves that are more efficient at carrying data traffic, he said.

That means the phone service providers will have an incentive to get their subscribers to upgrade and will devote marketing and subsidies to make sure that happens. That impetus will benefit companies that have already done the work to get their technology ready.

ALSO READ: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip unveiled, to power future 5G smartphones

Qualcomm also said it will begin selling three new versions of its Snapdragon product designed to power driver displays in cars. The idea is to let automakers vary capabilities for different car models while using the same software and other tools. This will help spread the use of advanced instrument clusters to cheaper vehicles, according to Amon.

ALSO READ: Toyota's new safety tech 'Guardian' can take over car when human driver becomes drowsy, distracted

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First Published Date: 08 Jan, 09:57 IST
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