Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
IT | By Darin Griffith

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 processor with 5G and performance improvements

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 processor with 5G and performance improvements

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with 5G support is now official and is coming to smartphones in 2019.

The companies showcased live 5G networks and mobile devices to usher in a new era of multi-gigabit connectivity powered by 5G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi.

At the moment, Qualcomm has only provided surface-level details of the new mobile platform.

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During a keynote address, Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated, discussed the progress and leadership Qualcomm Technologies has shown on the path to commercialization of 5G. The company is hosting events with more information about the Snapdragon 855 throughout the Summit, and most of the mobile platform's specifications and features will be made public during Day 2. Samsung, Apple's chief rival in the high-end smartphone business, has said that it will have a 5G phone on Verizon, AT&T and other networks by the first part of next year. The performance-driven flagship chipset of 2018 has amassed a significant upgrade in the form of Snapdragon 855, which will set new trends in the course of next year. Then join our Team!

Fotis Karonis, executive advisor for 5G at BT Group, discussed how 5G will roll out across the United Kingdom in 2019, address challenges that LTE now faces and introduce new customer experiences.

The best thing about this processor is that it should be the first one to support the 5G networks over the Snapdragon X50 modem. "The future we imagine with 5G is just beginning, and it is a great time to be a consumer".

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Consumer-ready 5G networks have yet to be deployed in earnest in the US, but Qualcomm is getting ahead of the curve by announcing its latest processor and modem so that it can be integrated into upcoming smartphones as the first networks go live. But we do know that the Snapdragon 855 is based on 7nm manufacturing process as compared to Snapdragon 845 that was based on 10nm architecture. Qualcomm also said the Snapdragon 855 would feature the world's first Computer Vision (CV) ISP to also enable help phones recognise objects and faces, and power new video capture features. Apple plans to wait until at least 2020 before releasing an iPhone capable of 5G connectivity, Bloomberg reported Monday. Samsung has been an active contributor, with Verizon, to develop standards that make 5G deployment possible, and was the first company to earn FCC approval for its 5G commercial products. The Snapdragon 855 sees Qualcomm deliver a new Hexagon 690 processor, and this is a big leap forward on paper.

Today marks the start of our third-annual Snapdragon Tech Summit. It's not surprising Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon Elite Gaming suite of features.

Qualcomm has also introduced a new ultrasonic sensor for under-display fingerprint sensors. Qualcomm states that them using ultrasound in the 3D Sonic Sensor is more secure and accurate than the alternative.

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