Wi-Fi 6 support will pick up this year with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Android smartphones
Wi-Fi 6 or Wi-Fi 802.11ax is the latest Wi-Fi standard from the Wi-Fi Alliance. The new standard supports transfer speeds of up to 9.6 Gbps, which is more than double the maximum speed supported by Wi-Fi 5 (3.5 Gbps). However, only a handful of Android smartphones in the market today support the latest Wi-Fi standard, including the Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup, Galaxy Note 10 lineup, and the Galaxy Fold. This year though, we expect a number of devices to feature Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 865 SoC. The flagship chip from Qualcomm features an integrated QCA6391 chip that includes support for Wi-Fi 802.11ax and this is expected to promote widespread adoption of Wi-Fi 6.
A number of smartphone manufacturers have already started teasing Wi-Fi 6 support in upcoming smartphones. For instance, in a recent post on Weibo Nubia’s Ni Fei confirmed that the Red Magic 5G will include support for Wi-Fi 6. This announcement came shortly after Xiaomi executives confirmed that the Mi 10 series will also include support for the new Wi-Fi standard. Similarly, Chinese OEM ZTE has also revealed that the Axon 10s Pro also supports the standard. If you head over to the Wi-Fi Alliance’s website and filter the list of certified devices with those that are “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6”, you’ll find that the same is true for Vivo’s upcoming flagship as well. Therefore, it’s safe to say that Wi-Fi 6 support should be a standard feature in Android flagships this year. However, Wi-Fi 6 support in smartphones wouldn’t amount to much if there are no supported routers in the market. To that end, Xiaomi will also be releasing a Wi-Fi 6 enabled router soon. Although it’s unlikely that the company will sell it outside of China.