Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones

The platform will also be 5G ready thanks to being compatible with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 modem.

At its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855. 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.

Computer Vision ISP: This is the world's first, according to Qualcomm, which will enable computational photography and video capture features.

Also included inside the reference 5G phone is Qualcomm's own RF antenna, QTM052, created to help eliminate interference and signal issues common in phones when something as simple as holding the device occurs.

Expect more flagship phones to feature fingerprint sensors embedded underneath their front displays in 2019, along with 5G connectivity.

We'll have all of the finer details tomorrow following Day 2 of the Snapdragon Tech Summit.

In addition to unveiling the Snapdragon 855 at an event in Hawaii today, Qualcomm revealed a 5G smartphone reference design which looks... like a phone... with a 5G icon in the status bar. The company touts huge performance increases that could even allow it to overtake the Apple A12 Bionic.

"5G is going to be about more than just a network". This under-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor should be very secure as it takes a 3D image of the finger and won't be affected by oily or wet fingers.

The report claims the company will save 5G for an upcoming device set to be released later in 2019, so you may have to wait a while to get the biggest benefit from the Snapdragon 855. 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.

The forthcoming 855 has a whole host of other improvements over the current Snapdragon 845, including dedicated AI processing and XR (extended reality) processing for the future of mobile device capabilities.

That's because every recent flagship phone from LG has featured the top-end Qualcomm chipset at the time, so we'd expect the same from the LG G8.

In fact, Katouzian says the ISP will be able to recognize who and what you're shooting as well as where you're taking a picture.

The Snapdragon 855 also includes Snapdragon Elite Gaming, a feature that Qualcomm says will bring new gaming experiences to high-end smartphones.

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