Apple and Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphones could debut ‘5G’ chips for blazing quick wireless connectivity, latest analyst checks suggest.
According Patrick Wang, an analyst at Evercore Partners, Apple’s iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S4 could both be strapped with fifth-generation chips for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM radio from Broadcom, a company that specialises in wireless and broadband technologies.
“We conducted a series of checks that indicate BRCM’s [Broadcom] combo chip (likely 4335, with 5G WiFi, BT, FM) remains designed into Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy S4 – across most if not all SKUs,” said Wang, explaining that “it makes sense that Samsung would seek a best-in-class solution.”
He added that Apple, which reportedly penned a deal with Broadcom for supplying 5G chips for the Macbook range, could also “use BRCM’s 43342 combo chip (a/b/g/n, BT, FM) on the iPhone 5S with a ramp [in production] starting mid-2013".
Last year, Apple introduced dual-band Wi-Fi support on the iPhone for theoretical speeds of up to 150Mb.
The prospect of even faster wireless is sure to please iFans and Sam Fans alike.
Wang also forecasts that Broadcom chips will be on board Apple’s long-rumoured cheaper iPhone, the handset unofficially known as the iPhone mini.
“We also expect the LC [low-cost] iPhone SKUs (launching 3Q) to continue using BRCM as well,’ he said.
Alas, he did not specify whether these would be 5G too, but chances of that happening are slim as Apple is more likely to rehash components from existing models to keep costs down.
The News Tribe