What are Qualcomm and Mediatek preparing away from the spotlight? Try to answer a rumor that is circulating in these hours and that tries to put on black and white the launch plans of the next smartphone processors of the two companies. It is good to premise that the information comes from the Asian market and is based on the search for an unspecified investment bank (it is not an excel that comes from Qualcomm, nor from Mediatek, so to speak). The fact remains that it is at least likely content.
The most prolific is Qualcomm which between the end of the year and the first quarter of next year would have new platforms planned for each market segment. Those most noteworthy are concentrated in Q1 2021 and mark the transition from 7 to 5 nanometers. More specifically, these are Snapdragon 875G for the high end and Snapdragon 735G for the medium one – both with a 5 nanometer production process with Samsung's EUV lithography. Roughly in the same period will come the proposal for the lower end, the Snapdragon 435G. Even before that – by the fourth quarter of 2020 – the Snapdragon 662 and 460 brace are expected, respectively of medium and low range.
Qualcomm renewed the high-end SoC offering with Snapdragon 865+ presented earlier this month. It is an incremental update of the variant not Plus and it is plausible that for the real generational leap the end of the year will have to be – the US company has often chosen December to introduce the new high-end proposals.
Also for the first quarter of 2021, Mediatek's response regarding 5-nanometer SoCs is expected. The product does not yet have a commercial name – but it is plausible that it is part of the Dimensity line – it is known that it will offer compatibility with the next generation networks and that it will be the flagship model of the company. The Dimensity 600 (third quarter 2020) based on the 7 nanometer production process will arrive first – but the news is not unprecedented as it has been confirmed by Mediatek itself – and the 6 nanometer Dimensity 400 (between the end of the year and the beginning of 2020).