Qualcomm has so many mobile processors that it is hard to keep track of them.
However, it has done a good job by categorizing them into four series which are the Snapdragon 400, the Snapdragon 600, the Snapdragon 700, and the Snapdragon 800 series.
Its most powerful chipset is the Snapdragon 888 and a new report says that a less-powerful variant is on the way.
According to a report Roland Quandt of Winfuture.de, Qualcomm has a less-powerful version of its current flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 888, in development. He says the processor has part number SM8325 (the SD888’s part number is SM8350) but unlike the Snapdragon 888 which has an integrated 5G modem, this Snapdragon 888 Lite, if we can call it that, doesn’t have a 5G modem.
Qualcomm has a lower end derivate of the Snapdragon 888 (SM8350) in the works. SM8325 is the model number and there seems to be NO integrated 5G modem on this one. #CheapFlagshipPhones
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) March 8, 2021
The Snapdragon 888 launched as Qualcomm’s first Snapdragon 800 series with an integrated 5G modem. Its older processors such as the Snapdragon 855, Snapdragon 855+, Snapdragon 865, and Snapdragon 865+ all had a separate 5G modem. We are surprised Qualcomm plans to launch a new processor without an integrated modem since it has switched to an integrated modem.
If we were to take a guess as to why it is going this route, we will say it may be targeting markets where 5G is not yet available or widespread. By offering a chipset without an integrated 5G modem, manufacturers can offer more affordable 4G flagship phones.
At the moment, there is no info on when the processor will be announced. However, Qualcomm does have a few processors that it is expected to launch soon such as the Snapdragon 775/775G and there is a chance this new chipset may be unveiled alongside.