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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is designed for 5G and AI

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is designed for 5G and AI”

At this stage little is known about the Snapdragon 855 but it will definitely support 5G, with OnePlus already stating that they will have a phone running it next year (there is speculation that it will be a phone other than the OnePlus 7).

That Snapdragon Mobile flagship is none other than the successor to the Snapdragon 845 that powers this year's Galaxy S9 and Note 9.

Stay tuned for tomorrow when we will learn all about the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.

Google aren't at the Snapdragon Summit specifically, but the company has embraced Qualcomm's processing tech for the entire Pixel series so far. The new SoC will come with 4th gen AI engine which will bring 3X improvements compared to the Snapdragon 845. The Snapdragon 855 also features the world's first Computer Vision Image Signal Processor (CV-ISP) to deliver new photo and video capture features.

According to Qualcomm, this new processor will support "multi-gigabit" 5G download speeds, and it should be an expectation to see this new chipset in most of the major flagship smartphones launched throughout 2019.

Qualcomm didn't go into too many details about the chip but did reveal the 855 will include 3D Sonic Sensor, an ultrasonic sensor, that makes it easier for phone makers to integrate fingerprint sensors under a phone's screen, improvements to gaming performance through a program it calls Elite Gaming, and improved AI integration for photography.

As Qualcomm sees it, that means paving the way for more immersive extended reality (XR) experiences - that's virtual reality and augmented reality to you and I - along with new artificial intelligence (AI) products. The platform will also be 5G ready thanks to being compatible with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 modem. 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. We'd assume that this will tie in (at least partially) to the new GPU that will be included in the Snapdragon 855. (It's unclear if this pattern will continue with the S10.) Samsung is at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 where the Snapdragon 855 has been unveiled, which we're taking that to mean the company is nearly certain to include the new Snapdragon on its next flagship. Although Intel promised to ship its own 5G modem in 2019, Apple is expected to launch devices with 5G modems only in 2020.



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