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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 officially announced

05 December 2018

With its new 5G modem, the 855 SoC is most likely to power the upcoming 5G phones early next year.

"We're proud to work alongside innovative partners like Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies to deliver a smartphone that will fundamentally transform how people work and play", said Justin Denison, Senior Vice President, Mobile Product Strategy and Marketing at Samsung Electronics America.

Now the company is uniquely positioned to help make 5G a commercial reality with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem and our mmWave modules.

When fully implemented, it will offer capacity and download speed many times faster than today's 4G LTE network.

The chipset will be available for OEMs from the next few weeks, and Qualcomm has confirmed that companies like Samsung, LG, Sony, Xiaomi, Google, Sony, and OnePlus will launch smartphones based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in the Q1 or Q2 of 2019.

Today marks the start of our third-annual Snapdragon Tech Summit.

One of the biggest features for next year's phone is the ability to use 5G. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is official, and it's coming to mobile devices soon.

"This year's announcements will span across three days, include collaborations with several major industry leaders that will solidify our path to 5G commercialization, and change the way we use mobile devices in 2019 and beyond, creating a truly global moment for customers and tech enthusiasts around the world watching via the livestream".

Another thing to note is that the Snapdragon 855 has been said to come with a new Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, termed as the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor which will be able to read and detect fingerprints of the users through the glass screens of the smartphones. Nevertheless, Qualcomm has stated that the 3D Sonic Sensor will appear on new devices within the first half of 2019.

Stay tuned for tomorrow when we will learn all about the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.

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. That will enable computational photography and video capture features, which we're hoping to hear more about when Qualcomm discusses its new mobile processor in greater depth this week. Meanwhile, Snapdragon Elite Gaming will focus on the silicon's potential in mobile games.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 officially announced