Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 announced with 5G support for flagships of 2019

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 announced with 5G support for flagships of 2019

Service providers are working on 5G rollouts across the US. "It will recognize who and what you're capturing", says Qualcomm Snapdragon boss Alex Katouzian.

Amon then welcomed Governor of Hawaii David Ige to the stage.

The fact that so many smartphone manufacturers, with Huawei instantly coming to mind, still haven't stopped using images shot with a DSLR to fake handset camera shots, continues to be perplexing.

The Snapdragon 855 mobile chip series supports multi-gigabit 5G, AI and immersive extended reality (XR) collectively, said Qualcomm.

The 855 is the world's first 5G-ready chipset in any practical sense, as it will be the first to appear in 5G phones you can actually buy for use on 5G networks that actually exist. Qualcomm will tie its X50 5G NR modem with this latest processor, enabling 5G connections in many of next year's devices. As you can notice, there's a lot that's yet to be seen in regards to 5G, so naturally, participants in the tech summit were eager to see what the next-gen technology is capable of.

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Qualcomm also showed a slide in which it listed - as companies leaping on its 5G technology - Asus, Fujitsu, Google, HMD, HTC, InSeeGo, LG, Motorola, Netgear, NetComm Wireless, OnePlus, Oppo, Samsung, Sharp, Sierra Wireless, Sony, Telit, Vivo, WingTech, WNC, Mi and ZTE. Our work in mmWave has played a significant role in assisting the mobile industry to tap into higher spectrum bands in order to increase network speed and capacity - and therefore significantly reduce data transmission costs. But they are expected to be available in handset products in the first half of 2019.

The Cupertino giant is delaying its adoption of the next-generation network technology to avoid problems, like spotty coverage, that could arise during the initial phase of deployment of 5G networks. Even the way we communicate will be enhanced.

"5G is going to be about more than just a network", said David Christopher, President of AT&T Mobility and Entertainment. Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 855 will improve the overall performance of a smartphone by nearly Three times. 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 new sensor tech, officially called the "Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor", provides appreciable benefits over the current optical scanner technology.

There are two variants of the Snapdragon 855 processor: One with 5G support, and one without.

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