5G phones are about to become very affordable pretty soon according to new info from China. Last week, we reported that Qualcomm was working on its first Snapdragon 600 series 5G processor. A new leak has now revealed that the octa-core chipset with part number SM6350 will appear in a Redmi phone with a price tag under $150.
The source of the info is the Chinese leaker/blogger that goes by @Digital Chat Station on Weibo. He is the same source that revealed the specs of the SM6350 processor last week. In a new post today, he revealed Redmi is developing a 5G phone powered by the upcoming processor and will have a price tag within the ¥1000 (~$140) range.
A 5G phone that sells for under $150 is definitely good news for anyone that wants to jump on the new network radio without forking out a lot of cash. However, for that price, expect the same specs as you will find on a 4G phone under $200 such as an LCD display, a triple camera, or even a quad-camera setup with 2MP sensors, a 4000+mAh battery, and at least 18W fast charge.
There is still no news regarding when the chipset will launch but we won’t be surprised if its debut is on the same day the Xiaomi phone is announced. A number of Qualcomm chips have debuted on Xiaomi/Redmi devices even before the chipset was officially released. The Snapdragon 768G is the most recent example but won’t be the last.
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