I have been wondering why flagships in 2020 have been so expensive all of a sudden with the s20 Ultra at $1399 . So I did some research. Turns out some greedy person at Qualcomm decided that The SD 865 SoC will not have an integrated Modem, not even the 4G modem. So the OEMs have to buy the SoC differently from the X55 modem even if they don’t want 5G. And Apparently if they want 5G , then the OEM has to buy the RF modules for either mmWave or Sub 6GHz differently. And if that ain’t enough , they have to buy the Antennaes as a different modules. This adds cost to about $200 without OEM adding their own manufacturing costs.
I think Qualcomm has started pulling an Intel in the Mobile chip making. What are your thoughts ? . And last time I checked ,Intel got burned and right now AMD is murdering them left and right.