Snapdragon 855 is Qualcomm's next flagship mobile platform built for 5G

by Linda Olson December 6, 2018, 0:46
Snapdragon 855 is Qualcomm's next flagship mobile platform built for 5G

Without 5G, the 855 is just another process shrink (rumors peg this as Qualcomm's first 7nm chipset), which is no small achievement (PUN!), but not much of a compelling marketing story. 5G will, indeed, be the killer feature for smartphones of 2019, and it'll be a big differentiator.

Starting in 2019, Android phone makers will start shipping new devices with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 system-on-a-chip (SoC), which will be the first chip to support 5G. He went on to say, "The Snapdragon 855 will define the premium tier in 2019".

The company has also added a dedicated computer vision processor for intelligent cameras. The device will use the chipmaker's Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements. At the same conference previous year, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 845.

Included in the unveiling were mobile operators AT&T, EE, Telstra and Verizon; infrastructure provider Ericsson; network infrastructure and mobile device leader Samsung; and device makers Motorola, NETGEAR and Inseego.

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Credit: OnePlus/QualcommOnePlus CEO Pete Lau made the announcement during Qualcomm's Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui today (Dec. 5). This is the first live reference design ever displayed. Not only will this modem be the first available product to support even faster LTE networks, but also will enable true 5G NR mmWave and Sub-6 GHz radio technology.

One final note about the Snapdragon 855: Qualcomm says that it will be part of what the company describes as Snapdragon Elite Gaming. Intel will not have 5G-capable chips ready in time for the commercial production of smartphones in 2019, per the report. The 3D Sonic Sensor will use ultrasonic waves to register fingerprints, which is said to be more accurate and reliable than similar in-display fingerprint sensors you'd find on phones like the OnePlus 6T. 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.

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. "Furthermore, this technology enables sleek, cutting-edge form factors while distinguishing itself from alternatives with higher levels of security and accuracy", it said in its blog post.

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