Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with 5G connectivity, 3D Sonic Sensor unveiled

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With its new 5G modem, the 855 SoC is most likely to power the upcoming 5G phones early next year. It's a 7nm chip with significant performance and efficiency gains, in addition, to support for "multi-gigabit" speeds on 5G networks.

With that said, Verizon and AT&T's 5G networks will only be available in a small number of markets when smartphones running Qualcomm's 5G-enabled chips roll out.

At the moment, Qualcomm has only provided surface-level details of the new mobile platform. Qualcomm is believed to have a technology lead on Intel in 5G - though it's unclear how much.

According to Qualcomm executives speaking at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui, Hawaii on Tuesday, 5G will become as "basic" a requirement in future cities as electricity is today.

It was back in August when the United States chip maker said Motorola's Moto Z3 smartphone became the first smartphone on the market which would be granted access to Verizon's upcoming mobile 5G network. Since 5G compatibility is a major feature for the Snapdragon 855, it's a safe assumption those chips would run on Qualcomm's latest chipset, too. Then join our Team! Event organizers say Telstra is scheduled to share an exciting 5G update during the second day of the summit.

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"We are focused on bringing the benefits of 5G NR networks for our business and consumer customers in the UK".

With Qualcomm adding this feature to its 2019 flagship processor, one can expect that mobile photography will improve further with the newer generation of phones that launch 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. This is the first live reference design ever displayed.

Apple is reportedly not going to offer a 5G-ready iPhone until 2020, and so Android devices may have a competitive edge.

Snapdragon 855's three performance cores clocked at 2.42GHz will be activated when a heavy app is launched in order to main fluidity. Samsung has been an active contributor, with Verizon, to develop standards that make 5G deployment possible, and was the first company to earn FCC approval for its 5G commercial products. This marks the Snapdragon's first shrink in transistor size since 2016. 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.

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