The Snapdragon X Plus is an upgraded version of the Snapdragon X Elite, which debuted in October last year. Many of the touted features remain similar, including claims of exceptional performance, extended battery life, and cutting-edge on-device AI capabilities. Qualcomm asserts that the CPU, GPU, and NPU (Neural Processing Unit) collectively offer superior performance and energy efficiency.

In a recent unveiling, Qualcomm announced the introduction of the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chipset, poised to revolutionize a range of smartphones from brands such as Honor, iQOO, realme, Redmi, and Xiaomi in the upcoming months. This cutting-edge chip is designed to democratize premium features for a broader audience, previously exclusive to high-end models, by incorporating select advanced capabilities directly from its flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 series.

Nokia unveiled specialized, private AI models for the telecom sector to improve network operations and customer service. A coalition of 10 governments agreed on principles for secure 6G networks. IBM and the GSMA have launched a global AI training initiative to bridge the AI knowledge gap among telecom operators. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X80 modem chip introduces 5G-Advanced support with up to 10 Gbps speeds and six-carrier aggregation.

Just under a year ago, the tech world buzzed with anticipation over a new partnership between chip mogul Qualcomm and satellite firm Iridium. The aim? Integrating satellite-to-phone services via Snapdragon Satellite and Iridium’s resources. However, a recent shift in direction caught the industry’s attention. Despite a successful demo, smartphone manufacturers didn’t opt to incorporate this feature, leading Qualcomm to end the agreement. Yet, in the face of disappointment, Iridium remains optimistic, envisaging an industry veering towards greater satellite connectivity. As earthquakes ripple across the telecoms landscape, all eyes await what’s next.

Diving deeper into spatial computing realms, Qualcomm releases Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 and Snapdragon AR1 Gen 1 platforms, enhancing user immersion through improved GPU performance, AI, and concurrent camera capabilities. Snapdragon XR2 aims at efficient virtual reality navigation while AR1 offers advanced features for smart glasses. However, despite the technological leap, the mass-market embrace of AR/VR innovations stays at bay. The question remains: will Qualcomm’s efforts be enough to spur the demand boost the industry awaits?

Apple’s pursuit of self-reliance in 5G technology is put to the test as it continues its reliance on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 5G Modem‑RF Systems till 2026. Despite acquiring Intel’s modem segment after a failed business collaboration, Apple’s efforts to create an in-house 5G modem cast doubt on its separation from Qualcomm. The competition intensifies with Huawei’s claim of a successful 5G modem design, amidst the encroaching discussions on 6G technology.