Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 855

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 855

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 855

Qualcomm's next processor that'll power most upcoming Android smartphones is called the Snapdragon 855.

Another feature the Snapdragon 855 can tap into is Qualcomm's 3D Sonic Sensor.

Snapdragon 855 is first commercial platform to support multi-gigabit 5G. 5G won't be widespread until the end of 2019 or early 2020. Together with Samsung, we plan to bring the best in technology and innovation to our customers. While the company didn't spill a ton of details on the Snapdragon 855 today, it did say that the chipset offers three times better performance than the Snapdragon 845. Qualcomm claimed that this method is much capable than the optical-based solution that most in-display fingerprint scanners are based on right now since it able to capture full 3D images of one's finger including its ridges and pores instead of just a 2D image. (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.

In addition to unveiling the Snapdragon 855 at an event in Hawaii today, Qualcomm revealed a 5G smartphone reference design which looks... like a phone... with a 5G icon in the status bar. And while that will enable you to enjoy the faster network speeds that 5G promises, that will depend on 5G wireless networks coming online, something that will happen throughout 2019.

Samsung often only includes a Snapdragon chipset in certain versions of its flagship devices. And it's bringing a lot more smarts to next year's devices.

Because its sensor is ultrasonic, Qualcomm is promising accurate detection along with greater security compared to rival options like optical sensors. This is an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader that Qualcomm says will read your fingerprint even if its wet or oily.


Currently, the OnePlus 6T is the only phone directly available to us phone buyers that offers an embedded fingerprint sensor underneath its display. Unfortunately, this silicon will be running in smartphones sold outside of the U.S. Many times we've written that its name is Snapdragon 855 and nothing else.

Katouzian also said Qualcomm's updated AI engine should outpace what rival chipmakers are doing with artificial intelligence, promising a 2x improvement over the Kirin 980.

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.

The forthcoming 855 has a whole host of other improvements over the current Snapdragon 845, including dedicated AI processing and XR (extended reality) processing for the future of mobile device capabilities.

During the keynote on Tuesday, Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform. Mobile games are getting more demanding, so we'd expect this feature to help support the kind of graphically intense offerings that app makers are churning out with minimal lag.

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