Snapdragon Tech Summit 2018: 5G is here!

Angelica Greene
December 5, 2018

Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips now power over a billion phones ranging from entry-level devices to flagship models, which is undoubtedly what the Snapdragon 855 is destined for in the first quarter of 2019.

The fact that Samsung is showing the phone on a live 5G network from Verizon is impressive and means that its smartphones are just around the corner. Samsung and Verizon's 5G device will sport a Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end, and antenna elements.

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

It was confirmed earlier this week that a prototype Samsung 5G phone would be shown off at Qualcomm's Tech Summit in Hawaii. "Together, Samsung and Verizon have made huge gains in bringing 5G commercial services to consumers in several cities".

Qualcomm has finally unveiled its next top-end chipset processor for smartphones, the Snapdragon 855 SoC. The company states that the new mobile platform features their fourth-generation, multi-core AI Engine with up to 3 times the AI performance compared to the Snapdragon 845.

Also getting more smarts is the image signal processor for taking photos and videos using Snapdragon 855-powered smartphones.

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Qualcomm is, of course, talking up the Snapdragon 855's 5G capabilities as we get ready to head into the new frontier of the latest and greatest wireless networks.

"This year's announcements will span across three days, include collaborations with several major industry leaders that will solidify our path to 5G commercialization, and change the way we use mobile devices in 2019 and beyond, creating a truly global moment for customers and tech enthusiasts around the world watching via the livestream".

5G will be rolled out, starting in the first half of 2019.

Lastly, a 3D Sonic Sensor is capable of reading and authenticating a fingerprint even when there are obstructions like dirt and oil on the fingerprint. The press conference is now underway, and we will announce more details shortly. Meanwhile, Snapdragon Elite Gaming will focus on the silicon's potential in mobile games.

"It can now recognize who and what you're capturing", Katouzian said. Apple has never been first when it comes to integrating new network technology in the iPhone, waiting for others to work out the initial issues such as battery life and overall impact on daily use.

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