Qualcomm’s 5G-Ready Snapdragon 855 Chip Made Official
During the first day of its annual Snapdragon Technology Summit, Qualcomm officially rolled out the red carpet for its next generation of connectivity technology in the form of the Snapdragon 855 chipset. During a keynote that included representatives from AT&T, EE, Telstra, Verizon, Ericsson, and Samsung, Qualcomm pulled the cover off of its commercially available 5G mobile platform, which has been talked about for some time now.
The keynote address didn’t shed much light on the nitty gritty of the new 5G-ready chip, but some of the top-line takeaways about the new 855 include: performance that’s a three-fold improvement over the predecessor 845 chip, two-times better performance over competitor chips, the inclusion of a 4th Gen AI Engine, the world’s first computer-vision ISP, a 3D Sonic Sensor that will support under-display fingerprint scanning, Snapdragon Elite Gaming, and the aforementioned support for 5G connectivity.
Simply put, this is the chip that will power those first 5G ready smartphones that start to hit the market in 2019.
It's official: #5G is finally here, and it's going to change the 🌎. On Day 1 of the #SnapdragonSummit, @cristianoamon spoke about how Qualcomm unlocked the next generation of wireless. Here's our recap: https://t.co/r1PTFRGsgR
— Qualcomm (@Qualcomm) December 4, 2018
“Today marks a massive and exciting step forward underscoring how Qualcomm Technologies and ecosystem leaders are driving 5G commercialization, a journey that went from R&D, accelerated standardization and trials, the launch of innovative products and technologies, to the imminent launch of 5G networks and smartphones across the globe starting in early 2019,” Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated, said during the keynote address. “Together we are demonstrating our role in transforming the mobile industry and enriching consumer experiences with 5G mobile devices on live 5G networks at this year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit.”
News of the new Snapdragon 855 came on the same day that AT&T said it too would get its very own Samsung 5G phone next year—a phone that will most certainly be powered by this new Qualcomm chipset.
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