Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855, enabling 5G connectivity

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It was back in August when the U.S. chip maker said Motorola's Moto Z3 smartphone became the first smartphone on the market which would be granted access to Verizon's upcoming mobile 5G network.

For more details about the chipset, we will have to wait till tomorrow.

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.

Qualcomm hasn't announced any hardware partners at the moment.

The two companies will unveil a proof of concept later this week, at the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui.

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones

Verizon, AT&T, and Samsung also announced that a 5G-capable smartphone will be available in early 2019. As of now, there's no announcement on whether or not 5G phones will enter India any time soon.

5G poses an exciting prospect, as it promises faster and more reliable connectivity to common data-intensive tasks, like streaming video, video calls, streaming music, and general smartphone use. The new mobile solution which is also known internally as the sm8150, will be making its way to new flagship smartphones beginning next year.

Meanwhile Qualcomm and Nokia have been doing some 5G testing in Finland, once more with this 1H 2019 5G switch on deadline in mind.

According to Verizon, the carrier's 5G mobility service will go live in early 2019, offering bandwidth far greater than today's 4G LTE networks, and other benefits like improved network reliability. It's little surprise, then, that Qualcomm embedded a new computer vision ISP into the 855, so phones of the future will be better able to "recognize who and what you're capturing". T-Mobile is now in the process of deploying its own mobile 5G network, and there's every reason to believe Verizon and AT&T are quietly doing so as well at this point.

Samsung often only includes a Snapdragon chipset in certain versions of its flagship devices. Unlike the present day in display fingerprint sensors, the 3D Sonic Super, Qualcomm says, comes with the capability to read wet or dirty fingertips and let users unlock the phone quickly. "Qualcomm has worked relentlessly to drive the development and commercialization of 5G, inventing the leading breakthrough technologies that will fuel this area", Amon said as he wrapped up his keynote. We're out at the Summit as guests of Qualcomm, and will be bringing you all the news this week.

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