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

05 December, 2018, 05:28 | Author: Camille Rivera
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But the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 doesn't just bring the usual speed and efficiency improvements.

Qualcomm is now hosting its Snapdragon Summit, so expect more details on the Snapdragon 855 to be revealed in the coming days. It's still relatively early days for software and services fueled by machine learning, but the shift in the industry seems nearly palpable at this point.

On top of that, Qualcomm also mentioned support for the new Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor. They'll not only be smarter and more responsive but will tap into the super-fast 5G network, shoot better photos and recognize images, and let us securely unlock our phones using in-screen fingerprint readers.

According to Qualcomm, this new processor will support "multi-gigabit" 5G download speeds, and it should be an expectation to see this new chipset in most of the major flagship smartphones launched throughout 2019.

The upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform will be manufactured on a 7nm process, as previously disclosed.




Qualcomm is expected to reveal more details about the Snapdragon 855 and its features over the next few days from the summit. This is an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader that Qualcomm says will read your fingerprint even if its wet or oily. Unfortunately, this silicon will be running in smartphones sold outside of the U.S. Therefore, in theory, the Snapdragon 855 could be quite a bit faster than the A12 Bionic, but that remains to be seen when devices with it ship in the first half of 2019.

During the keynote on Tuesday, Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform. Given which phones debuted with Qualcomm's top-of-the-line chipset in recent years, it's not a big leap of logic to assume 2019 flagship devices from Samsung, LG, HTC and Google would at least have the option of adopting that feature.

Katouzian also said Qualcomm's updated AI engine should outpace what rival chipmakers are doing with artificial intelligence, promising a 2x improvement over the Kirin 980. That will enable computational photography and video capture features, which we're hoping to hear more about when Qualcomm discusses its new mobile processor in greater depth this week. Apple has never been first when it comes to integrating new network technology in the iPhone, waiting for others to work out the initial issues such as battery life and overall impact on daily use.

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