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The new Qualcomm chip will allow cheaper Bluetooth phones

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Manufacturers may launch cheaper full wireless headphones in the coming months: Qualcomm are announced a low-cost chip, QCC3026, which offers low power consumption and improved sound quality for entry-level and intermediate devices.

This is a cheap version of the QCC5100, focused on increasing battery power to expensive headphones. The QCC3026 can «reduce power consumption by up to 50% compared to previous generations of input devices,» according to Qualcomm. It promises easy pairing and more efficient load balancing, which is especially useful for completely wireless, cordless headphones that connect the sides.

And what can be done with QCC3026? Qualcomm seems optimistic: the chip is said to be «particularly suitable for smartphone manufacturers who, with the removal of the headphone jack, left consumers wanting a wireless solution to listen to their music,» and the low cost will allow OEM to provide quality wireless headphones even in the headset box. Will be?

The chip still has noise cancellation technology and support for personal assistants, so manufacturers can add a physical button to activate Google Assistant or Siri. The connection is via Bluetooth 5.0, up to 2 Mb / s, and the headphones support music with the Qualcomm aptX codec.

QCC3026 will be available to manufacturers later in the second half of 2018.

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