Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones

05 December, 2018, 05:25 | Author: Shawn Conner
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At its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855.

Qualcomm is making a big push with 5G devices. In fact, a lot of manufacturers embrace Qualcomm's processing tech. The 855 is the first commercially-available mobile processor that supports multi-gigabit 5G connectivity, hopefully easing our transition into 5G networks without the need for a complicated or inefficient secondary modem.

Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy S10 are beginning to gather steam, and the company is nearly certain to use the new Snapdragon 855 in some versions of this handset.

The Snapdragon 855 likely will launch next year in devices like Samsung's Galaxy S10 and will let all of us do more with our phones than ever before. For example, with the Samsung Galaxy S9 range, the company only used the Qualcomm chipset in the United States version and some other variants of the device.

Qualcomm is expected to reveal more details about the Snapdragon 855 and its features over the next few days from the summit.

Qualcomm's upcoming flagship mobile platform will carry a more conventional branding and not the 8150 branding as previously rumored. Verizon also has plans with Samsung to carry the same phone. The components inside the phones are key for enabling new features that make the devices must-have. It's also more secure since it's not using a simple 2D image. That said, a number of reports have said the OnePlus 7 will include the latest Snapdragon chipset but it won't be capable of 5G. Therefore, in theory, the Snapdragon 855 could be quite a bit faster than the A12 Bionic, but that remains to be seen when devices with it ship in the first half of 2019. Qualcomm officially announced the new processor at its conference in Hawaii on Tuesday.

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We now don't expect to hear about the Google Pixel 4 until late in 2019, but it's nearly certain to feature this top-end chipset from Qualcomm.

Lastly, the "Snapdragon Elite Gaming" feature was teased, which should combine performance, audio and battery life for an improved gaming experience. But Google's Pixel 3 relies heavily on computational photography to handle features like bokeh effect blurs, digitally enhanced zooms and better low-light imagery, so we'd expect the Computer Vision features in Qualcomm's chipset to take on similar tasks.

That means the A12 Bionic is roughly 28% faster than the Snapdragon 845.

According to a source speaking with XDA Developers, the Moto Z4 is in development and it will feature a new chipset from Qualcomm.

Qualcomm's next flagship smartphone processor will start showing up in 2019, and unsurprisingly it should offer better all-around performance than its predecessors.

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