Snapdragon 855 is Qualcomm's next flagship mobile platform built for 5G

Yolanda Curtis
December 5, 2018

Expect more flagship phones to feature fingerprint sensors embedded underneath their front displays in 2019, along with 5G connectivity. In October, Verizon launched 5G Home, the world's first commercial 5G network in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, CA, marking a major step toward bringing the technology into the mainstream, as previously reported by TechRepublic.

The devices will run on a "Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver RF front-end and antenna elements", Verizon said. As result, Qualcomm says the tech is capable of authenticating a fingerprint more quickly and accurately.

5G represents a significant jump from 4G, offering higher mobile internet speeds and more bandwidth.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon Tech Summit 2018 officially kicked off today with a number of 5G-related announcements from Qualcomm and their partners. While the handset streamed 4K video over Verizon's 5G network for display on a big TV screen, Samsung didn't allow members of the press to even touch the device. Snapdragon 855 is the world's first commercial 5G mobile platform, designed for premium-tier flagship devices.

Other exciting aspects of Snapdragon 855 include the new 4th generation AI engine, consisting of the CPU, GPU, and Hexagon DSP, with claims of up to 3x the performance of Snapdragon 845 in certain AI workloads. 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". Safe to say we're looking forward to getting our first Snapdragon 855 devices in hand and seeing what Qualcomm's flagship chipset can do.

This is due to the fact that the 3D Sonic Sensor utilizes the ultrasonic method in order to scan fingerprints. Unlike optical scanners, Katouzian said, the Sonic Scanner takes a 3D image of a fingerprint's image ad pores, making it hard to trick the sensor.

AT&T plans to expand service in the first half of 2019 to parts of seven additional cities including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, California.

Perhaps one of the most exciting moments of the day came when Alex Katouzian, SVP and GM of Mobile for Qualcomm Technologies, teased the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform. Next, the company unveiled Snapdragon Elite Gaming, a set of features in the mobile platform to enhance mobile gaming experiences.

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