If you find that smartphones have become too expensive, fasten your seat belts, their price could increase further in 2025. The fault of a very popular component.
Qualcomm presented a new high-end chip, this year the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, and many Android manufacturers will integrate it into their “premium” smartphones. This is particularly the case for the Xiaomi 14 and the Honor Magic 6. A dynamic which could have significant consequences on the price of certain phones in 2025.
When Qualcomm raises prices, do consumers pay the bill?
The subject was discussed during a question-and-answer session during the Qualcomm Summit event which was held from October 24 to 26. Responding to a question, Qualcomm Senior Vice President Chris Patrick said he expected the cost of Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 to increase as the company strives to achieve “better astonishing levels of performance.”
Indeed, Qualcomm has confirmed that the Oryon cores of its Snapdragon cost.
We do not know how much Qualcomm charges its customers like Samsung, Xiaomi, Honor or Oppo, but any price increase will logically be passed on to product prices. And yes, it is the consumer who will pay the bill in the end.
Which smartphones could be affected?
Essentially high-end smartphones which will be released in 2025 and which will probably be equipped with the future Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 chip which should, in all likelihood, be presented at the end of 2024.
We are talking here about products like the Galaxy S25, The Galaxy Z Fold 7 and Z Flip 7, the OnePlus 13 or even the Xiaomi 15, if they bear these names correctly. If Samsung brings its Exynos chips back to the forefront for some of its smartphones, this would allow the Korean manufacturer to be a little less dependent on Qualcomm and better control its margins.
Google Pixel smartphones should also escape this as they are equipped with Tensor chips. iPhones would also not be affected as Apple continues to develop its AXX Pro and Bionic chips.
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