Qualcomm Releases 5G Enabled Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform

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Qualcomm's Technology Summit took place in Maui on Tuesday, where the industry-leading chipmaker has unveiled its next-gen flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset (codenamed sm8150). The Snapdragon 855 will be the world's first commercial 5G mobile platform on devices in early 2019, and companies like Samsung have already indicated plans to launch 5G-capable mobiles next year. It also features a Computer Vision (CV) ISP to enable cutting-edge computational photography and video capture features. However, in a saturated mobile market, it is up to device makers and carriers alike to properly present attractive use cases - alongside an appealing price point - if they want to create interest in 5G during its initial stages where availability of 5G networks are limited.

Outside America, the 5G story seems muddier (which is not surprising, as 4G was slow on global adoption as well), which probably makes the Snapdragon 855 a bit less exciting. 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. Apple, however, is choosing to sit out the H1 2019 race, suggesting its own 5G compatible device will not be ready until 2020. The company is hosting events with more information about the Snapdragon 855 throughout the Summit, and most of the mobile platform's specifications and features will be made public during Day 2.

As for 5G, well thats the other separate thing announced: Qualcomm isnt exactly putting an X50 modem into every new Snapdragon 855 chip its making. This is the first live reference design ever displayed.

While Qualcomm is set to go into more details about the chip later today, we can expect the usual generational improvements-the firm says it offers twice the performance of a "competing 7nm SOC".

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Qualcomm has also introduced a new ultrasonic sensor for under-display fingerprint sensors. The Snapdragon Elite Gaming will be a software optimization, which will work according to the games or app that a user is playing.

The new chip also supports VR games at 8k resolutions and 120 frames per second, which should enable much more immersive mobile virtual reality experiences.

During the event, Justin Denison, senior vice president of mobile product strategy and marketing, Samsung Electronics America, discussed the company's commitment to 5G, including bringing the first flagship 5G smartphone to the USA in the first half of 2019 using the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with the 5G X50 modem.




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