Tuesday, January 19

Qualcomm: “we have no plans to create a smartphone”

On the occasion of the Snapdragon Tech Summit, Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm, took the time to refute a past rumor: no smartphone is in the boxes of the San Diego firm.

Qualcomm has just lifted the veil on the Snapdragon 888, at least in part. We will have to wait a little longer to have all the details on this chip, but the Snapdragon Tech Summit was an opportunity for us to question Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm, on certain topics around this chip, 5G, but also other subjects, more diverse.

Qualcomm does not intend to make smartphones

It was of course the opportunity to question the head of the San Diego firm about the rumor that appeared last October concerning a possible smartphone designed in partnership with Asus. According to this hallway noise, Qualcomm could have stepped out of its role as a simple supplier and designed a complete phone, hand in hand with the Taiwanese manufacturer.

Cristiano Amon however insisted on reaffirming the economic model of his company, specifying that if Qualcomm designs many smartphones “reference design“For questions of internal testing, for the moment, there is no question of going further in the design of smartphones. “We are proud of our community and our partners around Snapdragon“, He said,”but our economic model is now based on the design of platforms only ».

Qualcomm is already present in many markets

It must be said that Qualcomm already covers many markets with its chips. Smartphones of course represent the majority of devices equipped with a Snapdragon chip, but we can also mention Always-Connected PCs, but also the automobile, connected glasses, virtual reality headsets and more, all almost without competition.

Suffice to say that if Qualcomm enjoys presenting devices during its conferences, such as remote-controlled cars controlled in 5G from a smartphone, the American specialist in SoCs already has a lot to do before launching into a market as competitive as that of smartphones.

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