The companies are showing a proof of concept at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui this week; that device uses the Snapdragon Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules. Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 855 will improve the overall performance of a smartphone by nearly Three times.
Apart from the 5G capabilities, the new Snapdragon 855 SoC will feature Qualcomm's fourth-gen multi-core AI Engine.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 officially introduced
5G poses an exciting prospect, as it promises faster and more reliable connectivity to common data-intensive tasks, like streaming video, video calls, streaming music, and general smartphone use.
Even with the various carriers talking up their 5G roadmaps, getting service will be the exception not the rule for some time to come. Our work in mmWave has played a significant role in assisting the mobile industry to tap into higher spectrum bands in order to increase network speed and capacity - and therefore significantly reduce data transmission costs. Both carriers already have 5G home broadband live in test markets, and both plan to release 5G hotspot devices in the coming months.
Qualcomm is, of course, talking up the Snapdragon 855's 5G capabilities as we get ready to head into the new frontier of the latest and greatest wireless networks. There will also be a new, dedicated computer vision processor which will apparently be able to not only recognize who you're capturing with the capture, but what you're taking a picture of. This sensor can also read your finger when it is wet, oily or has anything else - something that regular sensors are unable to do right now.
Qualcomm has officially unveiled its Snapdragon 855 processor, which will be the flagship one for 2019 and comes with 5G connectivity support. "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. What we do know is that the 855 will probably power the bulk of next year's high-end smartphones (because what else would?). That is actually one of the biggest issues with current under-display fingerprint sensors from Synaptics and a few other suppliers. The company is hosting events with more information about the Snapdragon 855 throughout the Summit, and most of the mobile platform's specifications and features will be made public during Day 2.