Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones

Also included inside the reference 5G phone is Qualcomm's own RF antenna, QTM052, created to help eliminate interference and signal issues common in phones when something as simple as holding the device occurs.

For the next three days Qualcomm is holding its annual Snapdragon Summit in Maui, where the company is expected to reveal new and improved Snapdragon mobile processors, and with the help of carriers across the globe, layout plans for 5G networks heading into 2019.

It's official: the latest and greatest mobile platform from Qualcomm to lust after is the Snapdragon 855.

Qualcomm today took the wraps off of the Snapdragon 855, its newest flagship mobile chipset.

Qualcomm specifically mentions that Snapdragon 855 will be the processor powering next year's 5G-ready mobile phones, so get ready to hear "Snapdragon 855" a lot over the next year.

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

AI Performance Boost: The Snapdragon 855 includes Qualcomm's 4th-gen multi-core AI engine, which should deliver a 3x performance boost in artificial intelligence features over the Snapdragon 845.

In other words, the digital assistant on your phone will be smarter and faster than before.

That said, 5G connectivity is just a few months away. "It efficiently picks the proper core for the best user experience".

According to details of the announcement, AT&T states they have installed the latest mobile 5G network equipment in 12 markets which include Jacksonville, Fla., Louisville, Ky., Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, N.C., San Antonio and Waco, Texas, Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C. Dallas, Houston, and Indianapolis, where they plan to make the service available.

The other big new feature that was announced was the Spectra ISP, which will have the world's first computer vision hardware integrated with it.

In fact, Katouzian says the ISP will be able to recognize who and what you're shooting as well as where you're taking a picture. As it uses ultrasonic technology to unlock the devices, the 3D Sonic Sensor will work with wet fingers, which is not possible with existing fingerprint readers. The technology lets handset makers put fingerprint readers under the displays of their devices.

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

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