Qualcomm has revealed details about its upcoming flagship chipset for smartphones, the Snapdragon 855, which will power 5G phones in early 2019 at the annual Snapdragon Summit in Maui, Hawaii.
In addition, Qualcomm has also unveiled a new 3D sonic sensor — an ultrasonic fingerprint technology that is intended to make under display fingerprint sensors better than the current ones. The new sensor will work accurately even with dirt or other contaminants over it.
Although the implementation of 5G technology is still months away — in a few cases and years in most — companies have already started preparing 5G devices and a few even have them in the pipeline for early 2019.
“Today marks a massive and exciting step forward underscoring how Qualcomm Technologies and ecosystem leaders are driving 5G commercialization, a journey that went from R&D, accelerated standardization and trials, the launch of innovative products and technologies, to the imminent launch of 5G networks and smartphones across the globe starting in early 2019,” said Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated.
The company hasn’t released all of the details yet but has given a preview into its all-new Snapdragon 855 SoC. The upcoming flagship 800 series processor also boasts of an intuitive multi-core AI engine that will give three times better performance than its predecessor.
The Snapdragon 855 features a computer vision ISP that will enhance computational photography and video capture features. It will also come with the Snapdragon Elite Gaming that will make the mobile gaming experience better.
“We are eagerly anticipating 5G mobile devices featuring the new Snapdragon 855 with Snapdragon X50 arriving here along with the rollout of our 5G network in 2019,” said Fotis Karonis, executive advisor for 5G, BT Group.
“5G will fuel collaboration, connectivity and productivity worldwide, and we’re excited to be at the forefront working alongside partners like Qualcomm Technologies to make the transformation to 5G a reality,” said Justin Denison, senior vice president, mobile product strategy and marketing, Samsung Electronics America.
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