Qualcomm unveils its new 5G-focused Snapdragon 855 chip OnMSFT.com

Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc unveiled at the event the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, the world's first commercial mobile platform supporting multi-gigabit 5G, industry-leading AI and immersive extended reality (XR) collectively, ushering in a new decade of revolutionary mobile devices.

Yesterday we heard that the 5G Samsung Galaxy S10 is coming to Verizon in the USA and now it looks like the handset is also headed to AT&T. In the race to 5G, AT&T is seen as the likely leader with the launch of a mobile 5G network in a dozen markets by the end of 2018. The Samsung Galaxy S10, for instance, is expected to be one of the first flagship smartphones with 5G, although mobile chief DJ Koh has hinted at another 5G-specific device to launch even earlier than that. Verizon's 5G service for smartphones will only begin rolling out in "early 2019". While each new generation of Snapdragon usually finds its way into flagship Android phones, it's unclear which models will run the Snapdragon 855 with 5G connectivity.

Verizon already has a working 5G commercial service, 5G home, which was launched in October in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento, with a "rapid expansion" on the cards. The carrier is promising that its own 5G network will be available nationwide rather than in a few cities.

Very little is known about the device, except that it's used to showcase 5G video streaming, but judging from the photos, it appears that the phone's selfie camera is located within the notch. 5G will, indeed, be the killer feature for smartphones of 2019, and it'll be a big differentiator.

We also have yet to see how well 5G will work on mobile devices, as 5G primarily transmits on the "millimeter wave" spectrum that has trouble penetrating walls and other obstacles.

Additionally, the next-gen top-of-the-line chip comes with support for Qualcomm's newly announced 3D Sonic Sensor which is an ultrasonic type of fingerprint sensor that's fast and accurate.

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