Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 revealed as 5G flagship

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 revealed as 5G flagship

Beyond that, Katouzian also pointed out that the 855 was created to trounce last-generation chipsets when it comes to AI performance - we can expect up to 3x performance gains when it comes to these complex computations.

The Galaxy S10 will not be the only 2019 phone to make use of the Snapdragon 855 chip.

Currently Verizon runs a "5G-to-Wifi" service, launched in October, although this isn't typical 5G: it doesn't use industry standards, and requires additional hardware to convert the signal from 5G to traditional Wi-Fi.

Lastly, Qualcomm also introduced a 3D Sonic Sensor - its own take on the under-display fingerprint sensor as seen on the OnePlus 6T and Huawei P20 Pro.

Later this week, at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, HI, Samsung and Verizon will unveil the proof of concept smartphone, powered by the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.

"OnePlus and Samsung have committed to launching 5G handsets in the USA in 2019, Motorola has its god-awful 5G Mod for the Z3 (which we'll be seeing demoed here in Maui), and you can bet that every phonemaker will be plastering the internet with "[COMPANY] LAUNCHES FIRST [MEANINGLESS METRIC] 5G SMARTPHONE" press releases for the next year.

Qualcomm's network partners are already pushing a strong 5G narrative here in the United States, with AT&T and Verizon leading the way.

Computational photography is becoming even more important in flagship phones, and Google's Pixel 3 family of smartphones has arguably used it to the greatest effect. Qualcomm had said that there are now 20 operators and 18 OEMs committed to Qualcomm's vision of 5G, reinforced through the new 5G hardware being announced this week. The event runs from December 4 - 6, so we can expect to get a look at the cutting-edge technology any minute now.

The Galaxy S10 line is expected to do away with the front-facing iris scanner of Samsung's recent flagships as several sources already claimed it will instead be positioning an ultrasonic fingerprint reader as its primary screen-unlock method, though it's still likely to feature some form of facial recognition support. Specifically, it'll offer multi-gigabit 5G in addition to 4G LTE support, says Qualcomm. It's promising to run through the specifics of the mobile platform tomorrow, on the second day of its Snapdragon Summit 2018.

The upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform will be manufactured on a 7nm process, as previously disclosed. If you have any questions, let me know!

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