Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 processor with 5G and performance improvements

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However, the big questions is still, how many phones will have this 3D Sonic Sensor this time next year? At its Snapdragon Tech Summit event, Qualcomm revealed not only its latest high-end mobile platform but also announced that its ultrasonic fingerprint reader is ready to become part of next year's flagships.

For example, Verizon announced yesterday that Samsung will release a 5G smartphone in the first half of 2019.

Qualcomm made a number of announcements at its Snapdragon Technology Summit, including one for what may very well be the Galaxy S10 display fingerprint sensor.

Meanwhile Qualcomm and Nokia have been doing some 5G testing in Finland, once more with this 1H 2019 5G switch on deadline in mind. As phone demand slows, companies are looking for new ways to get customers to upgrade their devices.

The handset was running on Verizon's 5G network (they set up the 28Ghz network especially using a mobile base station) while another device was streaming 4K video over 5G to a screen which it was connected to via the DeX dock and HDMI.

Verizon partnered with Samsung to launched its first commercial 5G service in October in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento. And while we didn't see the kinds of speeds being touted for commercial 5G networks - blame that on hastily assembled networks being brought out for demo purposes - it did serve as an introduction to some faster networking devices you can expect to see in 2019.

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. 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. Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 855 will improve the overall performance of a smartphone by nearly Three times. In other words, it's no good your phone and nearest 5G tower talking to each other at 1Gbps if the mast can only drive 300Mbps of internet packets to you.

"AI doesn't just happen on one core", Katouzian said. Qualcomm officially announced the new processor at its conference in Hawaii on Tuesday. The chip will contain "the world's first computer vision ISP".

Are you a techie who knows how to write? Now with Qualcomm making a much improved under-display fingerprint sensor, we should see more, larger and mainstream companies using the technology. "Qualcomm has worked relentlessly to drive the development and commercialization of 5G, inventing the leading breakthrough technologies that will fuel this area", Amon said as he wrapped up his keynote.

Originally published December 4, 12:44 p.m. PT Updated, 1:31 p.m. PT: Adds additional details and executive comments.