Qualcomm announces cheap chips in the shadow of Apple’s A16 Bionic launch

The most powerful phones you can buy today are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, but Qualcomm makes mobile platforms in a variety of price points and power levels. Only Series 8 and Series 7 platforms got the new “generation 1” designation, but today the company unveiled the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 4 Gen 1. The announcement comes just a day before Apple announces its flagship mobile chip, the A16 Bionic.

These new Qualcomm Snapdragons will power mid-range phones and super-cheap devices, respectively. To understand the difference, the current OnePlus Nord N20which costs about $300, uses a Snapdragon 6-series chipset, and the Nord N200which costs about $200, uses a Snapdragon 4-series chipset.

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