Qualcomm announces 5G-ready Snapdragon 855

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The time has come for a new generation of Snapdragon SoCs for mobile devices, and Qualcomm used its Snapdragon Technology Summit to announce its latest flagship chip.

Qualcomm has officially unveiled its Snapdragon 855 processor, which will be the flagship one for 2019 and comes with 5G connectivity support. Samsung has stepped up to the plate.

Per Verizon, "Verizon is working closely with Samsung (and Qualcomm) to bring a 5G smartphone to market in the first half of 2019".

Made in partnership with Katouzian, official source says Qualcomm's;atest piece should make its first debt in any smartphone iin the very first quarter of 2018, and that makes us think it could arrive first in either the Galaxy S10 or any of Samsung smartphones. 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.

Those are some of the Snapdragon 855's biggest tweaks and additions, but there's plenty more to take away from the Snapdragon Summit thus far. T-Mobile is now in the process of deploying its own mobile 5G network, and there's every reason to believe Verizon and AT&T are quietly doing so as well at this point. Qualcomm also announced support for 5G in multiple countries coming next year. The chip maker says that 2019 will be all about 5G and most flagships or premium smartphones will be powered by Snapdragon 855. There will also be a new, dedicated computer vision processor which will apparently be able to not only recognize who you're capturing with the capture, but what you're taking a picture of. Now with Qualcomm making a much improved under-display fingerprint sensor, we should see more, larger and mainstream companies using the technology.

Qualcomm claims that 18 device makers signed up to use its chips in 5G devices next year.

The company will launch its Snapdragon 855 this week and the Snapdragon X50 5G NR has been around for a few months. Although Intel promised to ship its own 5G modem in 2019, Apple is expected to launch devices with 5G modems only in 2020. This is the first live reference design ever displayed.

There's no other confirmation on which devices will feature the 855 but it's likely nearly all Android flagships hitting stores in 2019 will get this chip. Furthermore, this technology enables cutting-edge form factors while distinguishing itself from alternatives with higher levels of security and accuracy.

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