Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 855

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 855

By 2020-21, 5G is expected to be deployed in India and Latin America.

In February 2018, 18 manufacturers announced plans to release 5G mobile phones in 2019, so there will be plenty of options for consumers to choose from by the end of the year.

Here are the complete details about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC based on 7nm fabrication.

"These key milestone tests with Qualcomm Technologies show the flexibility and capabilities of our AirScale radio access technology to deliver on the promise of commercial 5G", said Tommi Uitto, new President of Mobile Networks at Nokia.

In addition to the hardware support in Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm also discussed today worldwide carrier rollout plans for 5G technology in 2019, including commitments from all four major USA carriers for both Sub-6 and mmWave networks. After all, the best way to demo everything you'll be able to do over 5G is with a flagship handset.

Verizon did say that Samsung will use Qualcomm's 5G tech in the upcoming phone.

Qualcomm has revealed its first 5G solution for next-gen smartphones and more, the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform.

Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon began his keynote by talking about the importance of 5G, its benefits, how it will enhance user experiences, and make a global impact. Safe to say we're looking forward to getting our first Snapdragon 855 devices in hand and seeing what Qualcomm's flagship chipset can do. The technology can also be embedded in the phone in a much more discreet manner, saving both space and thickness.

Because its sensor is ultrasonic, Qualcomm is promising accurate detection along with greater security compared to rival options like optical sensors. One potential downside to all this is that we're nearly certainly returning to the years of split phone SKUs - US phones with hyper-specific bands for each carrier that don't play nicely with one another, and non-US phones that don't work on our new networks, just the legacy ones. The feature is also available in phones like Vivo's Nex S and Xiaomi Mi 8, but those phones aren't officially supported in the U.S.

As for Samsung, the Korean tech giant usually launches a single flagship phone in the first half of a calendar year.

The new 4th-generation AI engine still relies on a combination of CPU, GPU and Hexagon cores but according to Qualcomm it is now 2x faster than the Huawei Kirin 980.

"AI doesn't just happen on one core", Katouzian said. Today, Qualcomm only made the announcement, but it will talk about the chipset in detail tomorrow. That will let the ISP adjust camera parameters to capture a better shot. Snapdragon Elite Gaming, which includes Qualcomm working with top gaming companies to tune the Snapdragon mobile gaming experience.

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