Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 processor with 5G and performance improvements

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 processor with 5G and performance improvements

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 processor with 5G and performance improvements

Alex Katouzian, senior vice-president and general manager of mobile at Qualcomm, announced the new platform alongside the company's new Snapdragon 855 chipset.

Qualcomm is expected to reveal more details about the Snapdragon 855 and its features over the next few days from the summit.

The rapid development and rigorous work that went into next year's round of 5G network deployments were a big theme here at Tech Summit day 1, and it's not hard to see how insanely fast data speeds stand to change what we expect from our smartphones. That feature supports the expansive, edge-to-edge screens phone makers have favored the last couple of years: not having to leave space for a visible fingerprint sensor on the front of the phone frees up more space for the display.

The Snapdragon 855 likely will launch next year in devices like Samsung's Galaxy S10 and will let all of us do more with our phones than ever before. It's little surprise, then, that Qualcomm embedded a new computer vision ISP into the 855, so phones of the future will be better able to "recognize who and what you're capturing".

Because its sensor is ultrasonic, Qualcomm is promising accurate detection along with greater security compared to rival options like optical sensors.

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Vivo Nex is one of the phones in the market that already offers in-display fingerprint sensor. This under-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor should be very secure as it takes a 3D image of the finger and won't be affected by oily or wet fingers. Unfortunately, this silicon will be running in smartphones sold outside of the U.S. Those companies include HTC, Samsung, Google, Asus, LG, OnePlus, and Motorola.

Other Snapdragon capabilities teased by Qualcomm today support features that have become increasingly important to smartphone users. Many times we've written that its name is Snapdragon 855 and nothing else.

Earlier this year, Qualcomm announced the world's first 5G modem, the X50, which is supposed to increase download speeds by up to 20x over what most mobile users now 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.

Lastly, the "Snapdragon Elite Gaming" feature was teased, which should combine performance, audio and battery life for an improved gaming experience.

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