There’s a new way to tell if your device has best-in-class connectivity, but does it matter to you?


What do you look for when buying a new smartphone, laptop or just about any mobile device? The design maybe, maybe the amount of storage, you might want to check the camera specs or the screen size, the price is probably an important point – but what about connectivity?

Qualcomm – a company whose business is putting connectivity into our devices – unsurprisingly thinks this is an important point to point out to consumers, and to do so they revealed Snapdragon Connect at MWC 2022 – a badge applied to products it claims have best-in-class -5G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The badge will not only be applied to smartphones and laptops, but to a range of products that require its connectivity services, including VR/AR headsets, gaming handhelds, connected cars and, in the future , portable devices as well.

However, not all devices will be eligible for a Snapdragon Connect badge, as Qualcomm has a list of requirements products must meet to be eligible.

Only certain devices make the cut

The Snapdragon Connect Badge

You’ll want to look for this logo if you care about connectivity (Image credit: Qualcomm)

Smartphones and laptops with a Snapdragon Connect badge will support at least 5G, 5G mmWave, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1+, along with a range of other features. This opens the door to multi-gigabit connections for super fast uploads and downloads.

So why should you care? Our lives are increasingly online, and the cloud is at the center of it – whether it’s streaming game content or harnessing the power of edge computing, your connection for these activities is vital. .

Future devices will need to be able to access very high-speed internet for our experiences to run uninterrupted. Qualcomm won’t be the only company touting its connectivity chops though, and the move may well spur the rest of the market to crank out similar graphics in an effort to grab consumer attention.

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  • MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world’s largest showcase for the mobile industry, brimming with the latest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar reports on the show all week. Follow our MWC 2022 Live Blog for the latest news as it happens and visit our hub dedicated to MWC 2022 for a roundup of the biggest announcements.


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