Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 processor with 5G and performance improvements

05 December, 2018, 03:11 | Author: Larry Hoffman
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Reports have said that the Galaxy S10 will have a special 5G variant, which will launch in markets like US, South Korea first. As it uses ultrasonic technology to unlock the devices, the 3D Sonic Sensor will work with wet fingers, which is not possible with existing fingerprint readers. This will allow for blazing speeds, but it will take time for networks to come online. The Samsung phone will be AT&T's second 5G device, after the aforementioned Netgear Nighthawk mobile hotspot puck. Inside the S855 is Qualcomm's 5 generation multi-core AI-engine, which Qualcomm states will offer up to 3 times the AI performance of the S845 model. That will pave the way to new computational photography and video capture features, the chip-maker suggests.

Qualcomm briefly teased the Snapdragon 855 a few months ago, with a proper announcement set for later this week during Qualcomm's annual Snapdragon Tech Summit.

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There has been a lot of speculations about the name of the flagship Mobile Solution from Qualcomm.

And while that will enable you to enjoy the faster network speeds that 5G promises, that will depend on 5G wireless networks coming online, something that will happen throughout 2019.

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Samsung's upcoming phone, in partnership with Verizon, is particularly interesting because that means it will beat Apple to the finish line. For example, with the Samsung Galaxy S9 range, the company only used the Qualcomm chipset in the U.S. version and some other variants of the device. Following that debut, the new Android flagships should hit the market by late March after a brief pre-order period which will likely see more incentives than what Samsung has been offering previous year seeing how the Galaxy S9 line ended up having relatively underwhelming sales. It's something Samsung has done for years with both the Galaxy S and Note lines. In addition, the company says that its 3D Sonic Sensor will be able to detect fingerprints, even if there are "numerous contaminants" on the display, while providing high levels of accuracy and security. What we do know is that the 855 will probably power the bulk of next year's high-end smartphones (because what else would?). Unfortunately, this silicon will be running in smartphones sold outside of the U.S. We'd assume that this will tie in (at least partially) to the new GPU that will be included in the Snapdragon 855. The updated engine should deliver a 3x performance boost in artificial intelligence features over what we saw with the Snapdragon 845 now found in many Android flagship devices. However, it seems like this modem may not be integrated into the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform. The components inside the phones are key for enabling new features that make the devices must-have. In the media mélange of 2018, I have had countless emails about continuous world "firsts" regarding deployment of 5G hardware, demo testing of 5G inside a mall, inside a city center, inside an office block, 5G trials, connections between different types of devices, and the list never ends. One potential downside to all this is that we're nearly certainly returning to the years of split phone SKUs - US phones with hyper-specific bands for each carrier that don't play nicely with one another, and non-US phones that don't work on our new networks, just the legacy ones. Snapdragon Elite Gaming, which includes Qualcomm working with top gaming companies to tune the Snapdragon mobile gaming experience.

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