The high price of Snapdragon 865 forced Google and LG to abandon the use of the processor in smartphones

Presented in December last year by the companyQualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, manufactured by the 7-nm process technology, demonstrates the highest performance at this time. Meanwhile, the too high price of SoC discourages leading manufacturers. So Google and LG decided not to install the Snapdragon 865 processor in the top models of the smartphone.

According to insider information flagshipThe LG G9 smartphone will ship to the market with a Snapdragon 765 processor, instead of the previously announced Snapdragon 865G chip. The reason for the high cost of installing the Snapdragon 865 processor may be Qualcomm's requirement for smartphone manufacturers to purchase a chip with a modem for 5G Snapdragon X55 networks.

However, such conditions require additionalcosts from manufacturers. First of all, it is an increase in the price of components. However, no less important is the need to optimize the internal space of the smartphone, the volume of which is always lacking for developers. In addition, the operation of an energy-intensive 5 G modem requires an additional cooling system, additional battery capacity. Experts believe that it was these factors that influenced the increase in the price of a smartphone of the Samsung Galaxy S series. So in 2019, the base model of the series was sold at a price of $ 749, and in 2020 the price increased to $ 999.

Currently there is information thatGoogle and LG have decided to install the Snapdragon 765G chip in flagship smartphones. First of all, this processor costs less than the Snapdragon 865, and it also has a built-in 5G modem, which reduces the problems of developers when choosing the layout of the internal space.

Experts say that in Snapdragon processorsThe 765G Snapdragon X52 5G built-in modem has less performance than the Snapdragon X55. However, in any case, the connection speed will be higher than when working in LTE networks.

Thus, manufacturers had to choosebetween high performance and the price of a flagship. As a result, Google and LG decided to produce cheaper flagship smartphones based on the Snapdragon 765G. At the same time, developers can provide any proprietary benefits to attract customers. In particular, Google can supply smartphones with cameras for high-quality shooting, as well as additional services.