Consumer-ready 5G networks have yet to be deployed in earnest in the USA, but Qualcomm is getting ahead of the curve by announcing its latest processor and modem so that it can be integrated into upcoming smartphones as the first networks go live. According to a Bloomberg report released on Monday, Apple will probably release its 5G enabled smartphones only in 2020.
The chipset will be available for OEMs from the next few weeks, and Qualcomm has confirmed that companies like Samsung, LG, Sony, Xiaomi, Google, Sony, and OnePlus will launch smartphones based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in the Q1 or Q2 of 2019.
Disclaimer - The writer is in Hawaii, attending the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2018 on Qualcomm's invite.
The Samsung phone would be a major challenge for Apple Inc AAPL.O , its biggest rival in the premium handset market in the United States as the iPhone maker is locked in a legal battle with Qualcomm.
Things are just getting started here at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit, so stay tuned this week for more information on topics such as 5G, Snapdragon 855, and Qualcomm-powered always on always connected PCs! The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is official, and it's coming to mobile devices soon.
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Apart from the 5G capabilities, the new Snapdragon 855 SoC will feature Qualcomm's fourth-gen multi-core AI Engine.
Also included inside the reference 5G phone is Qualcomm's own RF antenna, QTM052, created to help eliminate interference and signal issues common in phones when something as simple as holding the device occurs.
Another feature the Snapdragon 855 can tap into is Qualcomm's 3D Sonic Sensor. As opposed to the optical solutions we see in shipping phones today, this new ultrasonic sensor should bring more speed and accuracy to under display fingerprint sensors.
This battery technology, which allows the phone to become a charging hotspot for other devices, has already appeared on the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Samsung could follow with its own take on this clever feature. Qualcomm officially announced the new processor at its conference in Hawaii on Tuesday. Additionally, with the Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm is aiming to deliver a great photography and gaming experience to the users. There will also be a new, dedicated computer vision processor which will apparently be able to not only recognize who you're capturing with the capture, but what you're taking a picture of.