Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 features and specifications: Leak

Verizon and Samsung are teaming up to release one of the first 5G smartphones next year

Verizon and Samsung are teaming up to release one of the first 5G smartphones next

The new mobile solution which is also known internally as the sm8150, will be making its way to new flagship smartphones beginning next year.

Qualcomm has just announced the Snapdragon 855, its new mobile platform that's created to deliver 5G connectivity.

5G, Qualcomm is keen to tell us, is coming to cities around the world, particularly in America, UK, Europe, China, Japan, South Korean, in 2019 and 2020. To take advantage of this, however, devices must be able to support 5G connectivity. With fledgling 5G networks just beginning to light up, and more coverage promised for 2019, the first taste of fifth-generation connectivity is nearly upon us.

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Qualcomm may not be a company you're very familiar with, but if you own a top-end Android phone it's likely some of the company's tech is inside your device.

Meanwhile, faced with skepticism over 5G, Qualcomm executives said people back in the day claimed CDMA would never work, and look how that turned out.

That's vital since the focus has to be on how you benefit from 5G and multi-gigabit, not just how technologically impressive it is. Tonight Qualcomm are set to announce their reply to Huawei with the Snapdragon 855.

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The Snapdragon 855 mobile platform also gains a new Hexagon 690 processor with twice as many vector cores as the previous Hexagon 685 processor found in the Snapdragon 845, as well as a redesigned Hexagon Tensor Accelerator that helps the new Snapdragon 855 chip achieve 3x machine learning performance over the Snapdragon 855. "Virtually everything is becoming connected and intelligent".

"The best 5G networks will need the best 4G networks", said Nicki Palmer, Verizon's chief network engineering officer, in an attempt to reassure us that 5G will be great. "It has the potential to be one of the largest industry transitions we have in wireless". What we do know is that the 855 will probably power the bulk of next year's high-end smartphones (because what else would?). The name and initial details were unveiled during the company's annual "Tech Summit" in Hawaii, where it's taking a full week to unveil its upcoming plans for mobile computing and networks. Lastly, the company announced the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor-an under-display fingerprint sensor solution that uses ultrasonic waves, unlike optical under-display fingerprint sensors which use light.

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