The company will hold two press events at CES, one on January 3rd where we expect to hear more about the Snapdragon 835 and the second keynote on January 6th by none other than Steve Mollenkopf, the CEO of the company. Steve is definitely going to talk about 5G as well as advances in 4G among other things, and of course we would be surprised not to see some additional Snapdragon related announcements.
Snapdragon 835 is the world’s first 10nm SoC and we expect that it has a chance to top the great performance of the Snapdragon 830. Most high-end phone manufacturers will go after this SoC and guess what, you should see a lot of Windows 10 based machines powered by this SoC. This year could mean a rebirth of the notebook / tablet business for Qualcomm, putting some additional pressure on Intel in a market traditionally left exclusively for Intel.
We expect to see HMD (Head-mounted display) with Snapdragon 835 as the next generation Adreno is definitely going to be faster than the Adreno 530, and due to its 10nm design, it will be cooler too.
2017 is shaping up to be a great year for Qualcomm as the company plans to sample its 5G chip and have it ready for early 2018 live trials. With speeds up to 5Gbps and fall back mechanism with the 4G 1GBps Snapdragon powered modem, we expect to see much faster data over the network than ever before.
We expect to see the first commercial availability of Assistant robots such as Asus Zenbo, and there will be a few of them. Think about them as a more powerful version of Alexa or Google home assistant that is not fixed for one point.