The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is the world's first "real" 5G chipset

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones

Qualcomm, hosting its annual tech conference this week, has brought partners like Samsung, Verizon and AT&T to talk up their plans for 5G devices in 2019.

At the ongoing Snapdragon Tech Summit 2018 in Maui, Hawaii, Qualcomm announced the next-gen top tier chipset that will be powering the 2019 flagship smartphones.

The carrier, which is set to merge with T-Mobile in 2019, stated that it's now "one of Samsung's biggest customers" and that it's definitely "working with them". AT&T and Verizon both have 5G networks set up in the hotel where the Qualcomm event is taking place, and using a reference device shown off on stage during the keynote, those in attendance will get to experience a 5G connection on a reference smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 855 platform.

We also know that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is based on the 7nm manufacturing process. Such thoughts are not going to stop mobile networks, phone makers, and networking gear manufacturers from using 5G as a stick to beat money out of your wallet. Although Intel promised to ship its own 5G modem in 2019, Apple is expected to launch devices with 5G modems only in 2020. This NPU should triple the performance of devices equipped with Snapdragon 855 during these specific tasks compared to the previous generation. Make no mistake, the internal platform name of "sm8150" had been accurate all along, but the company chose to continue their existing branding scheme for the next mobile platform's marketing name-not unlike older Qualcomm flagship mobile platforms like the msm8996 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 820) or msm8974 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800).

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

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. Qualcomm plans to provide more details about the Snapdragon 855 on Wednesday. While the market has already several smartphones with in-display fingerprint sensors, the company brings in the new 3D Sonic Sensors. Beyond that, there's not much else we can tell you today. For more information, stay tuned to XDA-Developers, as we'll have plenty of coverage and details to share throughout the week!

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