Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 officially announced

Ruben Fields
February 11, 2019

At a demonstration held during Qualcomm's Snapdragon Tech Summit in Hawaii on Tuesday, Samsung showed off a 5G phone with a very interesting notch, located in the upper-right corner of the device. In addition, the Dallas-based carrier said it would work with Samsung to create a 5G "innovation zone" focused on manufacturing technology. Verizon's 5G service for smartphones will only begin rolling out in "early 2019".

The Samsung Galaxy X foldable smartphone may have had its name leaked at last, and it's not the Galaxy F, but it's close: the Galaxy Fold. He described how 5G will be a commercial reality starting in early 2019 with mobile device launches and network rollouts across North America, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Australia and China.

Since 2019 is going to mark the kickstart of the 5G era, it's no wonder that one of the Snapdragon 855's main features is support for multi-gigabit data speeds on 5G networks.

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Qualcomm this week unveiled its next-gen premium mobile processor, the Snapdragon 855, which will power next year's flagship. The device will use the chipmaker's Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.

More information on the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform is expected to be announced over the coming days. The Snapdragon 855 will debut with the world's first Computer Vision (CV) ISP to not only bolster computational photography, but also to enhance video capture. And then, the Qualcomm ultrasonic sensor comes into the picture.

For example, Verizon announced yesterday that Samsung will release a 5G smartphone in the first half of 2019. The platform also delivers the Snapdragon Elite Gaming, bringing next level gaming experiences to premium mobile devices. The 3D Sonic Sensor will use ultrasonic waves to register fingerprints, which is said to be more accurate and reliable than similar in-display fingerprint sensors you'd find on phones like the OnePlus 6T.

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