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Lenovo Teams up with Qualcomm for First 5G Snapdragon Laptop

India is targeting 2020 for 5G rollout

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Lenovo dominated India's tablet market in 2018 too. Pixabay

Amid the ongoing trade tensions between the US and China, US-based chip-maker Qualcomm and Chinese computer-maker Lenovo have teamed up to introduce the first 5G laptop, powered by Snapdragon.

Code-named “Project Limitless”, the 5G-enabled PC would be “the world’s first 7nm platform purpose-built for PCs that offers 5G connectivity”, TechCrunch quoted the companies as describing the device on Monday.

The laptop would run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform, which supports both 5G as well as 4G connections and has a battery that Qualcomm claims can last for several days per charge.

The platform would put to use the Snapdragon X55 5G modem, which has download speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps.

The release date and pricing details of “Project Limitless” have not been revealed as yet, the report added.

Qualcomm and Lenovo made the announcement at the Computex press conference held in Taipei, Taiwan.

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The logo for Qualcomm appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. VOA

The companies announced their pairing despite US President Donald Trump’s decision to scrutinize trade relations between the two countries due to security concerns.

On May 15, Trump effectively banned Chinese tech major Huawei with a national security order following which Qualcomm, along with Google, Microsoft, Intel and ARM, put restrictions on businesses with Huawei.

Settlement status of the US-China trade war remains unclear as of now but Qualcomm’s withdrawal from Huawei’s manufacturing could greatly affect the Chinese company’s 5G ambitions.

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Currently, South Korea, China, Japan, Australia and the US are leading with 5G large-scale mass deployment.

While China is expected to represent 40 per cent of global 5G connections by 2025, India is yet to allocate 5G spectrum to operators even for 5G trial of use cases.

India is targeting 2020 for 5G rollout. (IANS)

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5G is our Top Priority Right Now: Qualcomm

As per the report, Apple may use Qualcomm's X55 modems in all its 2020 iPhones, which support both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrum

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The logo for Qualcomm appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. VOA

Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon at Company’s Snapdragon Tech Summit this week has said that the main goal of Qualcomm’s renewed relationship with Apple right now is to get a 5G iPhone launched on time.

During the summit, Amon stated: “Priority number one of this relationship with Apple is how to launch their phone as fast as we can. That’s the priority,” PCMag reported recently.

“We have a multi-year agreement with Apple. It’s not one, it’s not two, it’s multi-year for our Snapdragon modem. We’re setting no expectations on front end, especially because we engaged it very late,” Amon added.

Earlier, Apple and Intel were working closely to bring a 5G iPhone. However, once the six-year deal between Qualcomm and Apple was made, Intel later moved away from the 5G mobile marketplace.

FILE – A sign advertises 5G at the Qualcomm booth at CES International in Las Vegas, Jan. 9, 2019. VOA

J.P. Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee believes, Apple will release a 5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones and one 6.7-inch iPhone with 5G connectivity in 2020.

Chatterjee predicts the company may introduce two high-end models (one 6.1-inch and one 6.7-inch) with support for mmWave, as well as a triple-lens camera and “world facing” 3D sensing for improved augmented reality capabilities.

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While, two low-end models (6.1-inch, 5.4-inch) will not have mmWave or World facing 3D sensing, and will have a dual-lens camera.

As per the report, Apple may use Qualcomm’s X55 modems in all its 2020 iPhones, which support both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrum. (IANS)

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