Qualcomm Releases 5G Enabled Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform

05 December, 2018, 16:19 | Author: Rickey Flowers
  • Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones

"That's the mobile processor that will be in the 5G smartphone as we launch 5G", Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon said Tuesday at the Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii. Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 855 will improve the overall performance of a smartphone by nearly Three times.

In addition to unveiling the Snapdragon 855 at an event in Hawaii today, Qualcomm revealed a 5G smartphone reference design which looks... like a phone... with a 5G icon in the status bar.

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.

You'd be forgiven for thinking it's a little premature to get excited about 5G when 4G is hardly ideal. However, in a saturated mobile market, it is up to device makers and carriers alike to properly present attractive use cases - alongside an appealing price point - if they want to create interest in 5G during its initial stages where availability of 5G networks are limited. As of now, there's no announcement on whether or not 5G phones will enter India any time soon.

We also have yet to see how well 5G will work on mobile devices, as 5G primarily transmits on the "millimeter wave" spectrum that has trouble penetrating walls and other obstacles. This platform will deliver 5G internet connectivity on mobile devices.

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"Samsung offers end-to-end solutions that are accelerating the wide scale adoption of 5G and help us realize our vision of truly connected living", said Justin Denison, SVP of Mobile Product Strategy and Marketing at Samsung Electronics America.

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

In February 2018, 18 manufacturers announced plans to release 5G mobile phones in 2019, so there will be plenty of options for consumers to choose from by the end of the year. Therefore, in theory, the Snapdragon 855 could be quite a bit faster than the A12 Bionic, but that remains to be seen when devices with it ship in the first half of 2019.

In order to show the capabilities of 5G Qualcomm processors, Samsung has developed a smartphone prototype, which has a odd notch at the top right of the screen. "This transition is bigger than the one we had with 3G and 4G".

Additionally, Qualcomm announced 3D Sonic Sensor. Let us know what you think.

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