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Intel to exit 5G smartphone modem business: Is this why Apple settled with Qualcomm? (Latest version)


  • Intel announced it would leave the 5G smartphone modem business.
  • The news comes on the same day that Apple and Qualcomm settled their legal battle.
  • Intel is widely expected to provide Apple with a modem for the first 5G iPhones.

On the same day as Apple and Qualcomm establish their long-term legal war, Intel announced it goes 5G modem business.

The timing of Intel's announcement was quite interesting, as it is widely expected to offer 5G models to Apple for its first 5G-enabled iPhones. Rumors have suggested that Intel's 5G modem would land in a 2020 or 2021 iPhone, while the company itself before said its 5G modem will appear in devices by 2020.

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But Intel is behind other companies like Qualcomm and HiSilicon in offering 5G connection. Qualcomm already has its 5G commercial product modem (USA Galaxy S10 5G), while HiSilicon's 5G modem is in the Huawei Mate X clap.

We don't know if Intel made the decision before or after the decision about the settlement, but it's possible that she's moving to the 5G smartphone modems of the trash role in Apple's decision & # 39; to reach an agreement. Apple apparently has no choice but to settle for Qualcomm and sign a slideshow deal, despite Huawei's founder who said it was open to 5G models at the Cupertino firm to sell.

The Chinese brand has since confirmed that it did not talk to Apple in this regard, but with Huawei under increasing scrutiny in the US, Apple might have come under political pressure if it accepted the firm's modem anyway.

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Another possibility is that Intel made the decision after finding out about the settlement. The deal could simply have left with Intel without major customers for 5G smart phone modems. Apple was the main client of the chipmaker. The loss of the Cupertino company enabled Intel's 5G smartphone model plans. We contacted the chipmaker for explanation in this regard and will update the story if / when we hear from them.

Intel also confirmed in the press release that it is conducting an evaluation of the opportunities for 4G and 5G modems in computers, Internet equipment and other data-centric devices. "This evaluation comes as Qualcomm ramps in the computer field, always bringing connected Snapdragon laptops to market in conjunction with OEMs.

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