Although smartphone innovation is a far reaching term, device manufacturers are now focusing on incorporating their latest flagship smartphones with the latest processor. Currently, the processor the mobile industry is waiting for is the Snapdragon 855. Industry leaders such as Samsung, Oppo or Vivo would be the usual suspects to land the 855, but Lenovo’s VP Chang Cheng just threw a surprise.
In a recent Weibo post, Cheng claims that Lenovo will be the first smartphone manufacturer to launch a 5G smartphone. He further states that the device will also be running the new Snapdragon 855 SoC underneath the hood.
The post doesn’t mention any specific timeline for the smartphone’s launch. Going by the promise of being the first, the smartphone could arrive somewhere between the end of this year and the first quarter of next year. That said, the post could have also been uploaded with the purpose of building hype around the 5G enabled smartphone, without the intention of actually making it the first.
Almost all smartphone manufactures have stated working on a 5G enabled smartphone. Huawei even showcased a 5G smartphone at MWC this year. The company has stated to launch its first commercial smartphone by the third quarter of 2019. OnePlus has also announced that its OnePlus 7 will come with 5G support. Considering the company’s launch schedule, the smartphone could be expected to arrive somewhere around May 2019. Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi are also reported to be working on 5G smartphones.
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The Snapdragon 855 SoC on the other hand is expected to be unveiled later in the year. A recent report has stated the chipset to have gone into mass production in June. The next-generation flagship chipset is rumored to be the first 7nm SoC. This means that it will not only improve performance but will also be way more power efficient than the current flagship chipset, Snapdragon 845. With the Galaxy S10 and the OnePlus 7 touted to be the first ones to be equipped with the Snapdragon 855 SoC, it will be interesting to see if Lenovo actually beats them to it.