The SOC, or system on a chip, inside a phone is as important as any other component that it contains. It is the SOC that allows a phone to achieve the fluid experience and impressive performance that users have become accustomed to enjoying.
What is a SOC?
The system on a chip inside a phone is not just the processor, but also contains the graphics processing unit and the required components for achieving a stable mobile connection. In other words, the SOC is responsible for the operation of the smartphone, its graphics capabilities and its mobile connection.
It is why brand new SOCs will be required to support 5G networks. As a new technology, 5G is still in its infancy. But mobile network companies are working hard to ensure their 5G networks are up and running in 2019 and 2020. Now smartphone SOC manufacturers such as Qualcomm must respond.
Companies such as AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon in the United States are doing a lot of work to have 5G networks up and running in major cities. Some may even be live in late 2018. But 2019 is a better estimate, given the amount of work involved. Every component, such as the quadrature hybrid coupler, must be the correct standard before the network is operational.
The SOC that will deliver the much needed 5G support will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. It will not only be the most powerful SOC the company has released in terms of raw performance, but it will support 5G.
There are currently ways to get 5G support on smartphones through attachments. For instance, Motorola has announced a “Moto Mod” that delivers 5G support, but those are bulky and a major battery drain.
Smartphone manufacturers are hoping that with the Snapdragon 865, they will have a SOC that not only gives 5G support, but also does a good job on battery life while that network connection is active.