Mid-ranger smartphones will soon support 5G as Qualcomm and MediaTek are planning to introduce their mid-range lineup of 5G chipsets.
The bad news, however, is that Qualcomm’s chips, which power a vast majority of Android devices, will cost more than their rivals. This means that future mid-range smartphones powered by Qualcomm’s 5G chips will be on the slightly expensive side, pricier than their MediaTek counterparts.
This news comes from a Weibo post by a user named Digital Chat Station who leaked information on upcoming mid-range 5G chipsets. He said that Qualcomm’s SM7250 mid-range chipset will cost $60-$70, whereas the rival MediaTek MT6885 chip will cost $40-$50.
Companies including Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Samsung etc are all testing these mid-range 5G chips for their devices right now.
Expensive 5G Phones
Buyers should expect 5G-capable mid-range smartphones to cost more since their processors will also come at a higher price tag. This should not come as a surprise since 5G capable flagships also cost more than their 4G variants.
Qualcomm and Mediatek haven’t revealed the number of 5G chipsets we will see in their mid-range lineup. All we know so far is that they will arrive sometime next year. There is no word on the specifications of these chips either. We’ll keep you updated as soon as more details are revealed.