Qualcomm’s 2019 flagship mobile chipset will be the 5G-toting Snapdragon 855

05 December, 2018, 07:38 | Author: Leah Owens
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The forthcoming 855 has a whole host of other improvements over the current Snapdragon 845, including dedicated AI processing and XR (extended reality) processing for the future of mobile device capabilities.

Key will be a new, 4th generation multi-core AI Engine, drawing together the Adreno, Kryo, and Hexagon components of the SoC. Qualcomm says it'll deliver up to three times the performance compared to its predecessor in the Snapdragon 845, now found in phones like the Pixel 3 XL and Galaxy Note 9, by intelligently choosing which core to task each time. More details about the SoC will be unveiled at the annual Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii. This chip is based on the TSMC's 7nm process and its performance has been improved significantly.

That means the A12 Bionic is roughly 28% faster than the Snapdragon 845. It also has an all-new computer vision ISP (image signal processor) for new computational photography processing and video capture improvements.

With these new sensors, the company will be offering under-display fingerprint scanning technology under a new called Ultrasonic Fingerprint Solution.

Other features for the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform include the company's latest generation of "3D Sonic Sensor", which would allow smartphone and notebook makers to embedded fingerprint sensors beneath the devices' screens, freeing manufacturers to also create devices with "edge-to-edge" screens (at least those which have been unwilling to put the fingerprint readers on the back of smartphones).

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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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 devices will run on a "Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver RF front-end and antenna elements", Verizon said.

Qualcomm, the largest supplier of mobile phone chips, said Snapdragon 855 would power Samsung 5G smartphones that Verizon Communications and Samsung said on Monday would be released in the United States in the first half of 2019.

Samsung is looking to get a first-mover advantage in 5G smartphones, with rival Apple reportedly planning to sit out of the game until 2020.

For now, it is not known if any companies have adopted Qualcomm's new sensor for their products.

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