Qualcomm will bring 5G to $125 phones from Motorola, Oppo, Xiaomi next year

From CNET: 5G is coming to even cheaper phones early next year, thanks to new Qualcomm chips -- and Motorola, Oppo and Xiaomi will be selling them.

When a new technology like 5G launches, it first arrives in high-end, pricey devices and eventually trickles down to less expensive phones. The first 5G phones released last year cost over $1,000 -- the Galaxy S10 5G retailed for $1,300 -- but pricing has been falling quickly.

Last year at IFA, Qualcomm vowed to expand 5G to its 6- and 7-series chips, the processors that power midrange devices from companies like Motorola, TCL and Nokia phone maker HMD.

This year, during a virtual keynote at the Berlin trade show, the San Diego company said the super-fast connectivity will arrive in even lower cost devices that retail for around $125 to $250 because of upcoming chips in its Snapdragon 4-series.

"We're accelerating 5G global commercialization and scale and working to ensure that the most affordable 5G devices worldwide are based on Snapdragon," Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon said Thursday during a virtual keynote at the IFA electronics show.

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