Qualcomm unveils new chip to power 5G smartphones

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The key feature of the Snapdragon 855 chip, launched at an event in Hawaii, is a so-called modem for phones to connect to 5G wireless data networks with mobile data speeds of up to 50 or 100 times faster than current 4G networks.

Just like the last generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is an Octa-core chipset, manufactured using a 7nm FinFET process by TSMC (Taiwan Silicon Manufacturing Company) with three CPU clusters.

Google aren't at the Snapdragon Summit specifically, but the company has embraced Qualcomm's processing tech for the entire Pixel series so far.

Meanwhile, Apple will not introduce 5G-capable iPhones until 2020, according to a Bloomberg report citing anonymous sources. 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. Verizon, for example, has launched a home 5G service first before its brings its mobile 5G network live ine early 2019.

You'll also need to pipe in enough backhaul connectivity to make it worthwhile.

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones

With 5G set to be the next big thing in the mobile industry, Qualcomm stressed that the 855 would support multi-gigabit 5G technology-though not natively. It also features the first Computer Vision (CV) ISP which allows is dedicated for computational photography and video capture.

Qualcomm has also announced that the company has partnered with several OEM to bring 5G phones next year, 2019. This first generation of in-display fingerprint readers have the so-called optical scanners that use light from the display itself to basically take a picture of your thumb and compare it to the ones stored when you were setting up your fingerprint.

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

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

On top of that, Qualcomm also mentioned support for the new Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor. While this fingerprint sensor is technically separate from the chipset, Qualcomm does say that it is not dependent on the Snapdragon 855, but it won't be used with other chipsets, seeing as it is all part of one package from Qualcomm. Let us know any questions you have on the SD855 below and we'll put them to the Qualcomm team!

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