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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC with 5G Capabilities, Now Official

06 December, 2018, 00:44 | Author: Lloyd Doyle
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But it's possible that the company also plans to release a separate 5G device. The Snapdragon 855 is the first chipset from Qualcomm with a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU), which will help in AI computations. Samsung probably will be the first to utilize these 5G capabilities as it is expected to launch 5G-enabled Galaxy S10 in the first half of 2019.

Amon was then joined on stage by senior executives from global mobile operators AT&T, EE and Verizon, who discussed in more detail their 5G deployment plans. The smartphone maker is using the photo for advertising the bokeh camera mode.

The best thing about this processor is that it should be the first one to support the 5G networks over the Snapdragon X50 modem. Although Intel promised to ship its own 5G modem in 2019, Apple is expected to launch devices with 5G modems only in 2020. "The future we imagine with 5G is just beginning, and it is a great time to be a consumer". It also suggests the 855 itself is using a 7nm manufacturing process, which is no surprise.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset succeeds the popular Snapdragon 845 processor, which powered some of the most popular phones of 2018, including OnePlus 6 and 6T, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9 series, Xiaomi Mi 8 and many more. He described how Qualcomm Technologies is uniquely positioned to make 5G a commercial reality starting in early 2019, helping phone manufacturers address the exponential increase in device complexity that comes with 5G. We'll have additional information about the Snapdragon 855 as it becomes available. This marks the Snapdragon's first shrink in transistor size since 2016.


In addition to unveiling the Snapdragon 855 at an event in Hawaii today, Qualcomm revealed a 5G smartphone reference design which looks... like a phone... with a 5G icon in the status bar. Improvements to AI performance were also announced, citing “up to three times the AI performance compared to the previous generation mobile platform”. The Snapdragon Elite Gaming will be a software optimization, which will work according to the games or app that a user is playing.

Also announced today is the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor, what Qualcomm is billing as the world's first ultrasonic fingerprint sensor for under display applications. Qualcomm claims the ultrasonic tech can accurately detect fingerprints despite the presence of various contaminants on fingers, because it isn't easily blocked in the way the light used for an optical sensor can be. Furthermore, this technology enables cutting-edge form factors while distinguishing itself from alternatives with higher levels of security and accuracy.

We think the new handset will be the United States version of the Galaxy S10 - Samsung usually releases two versions of its "S" series handsets; one based on its Exynos chip which comes to most territories including the UK and another based on Qualcomm's latest platform for the U.S. market.

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