Snapdragon 5G phones to arrive in Q2 2019

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones

During a company event in Hawaii, Alex Katouzian, senior VP and GM of mobile for Qualcomm Technologies, claimed the new Snapdragon 855 chip delivers more performance than its existing counterparts.

"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.

AdvertisementAccording to Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon, by this time next year the market is set to be flooded with 5G Android phones. The chip maker says that 2019 will be all about 5G and most flagships or premium smartphones will be powered by Snapdragon 855.

Samsung's Galaxy S9 phone.

The year 2019 is expected to usher the 5G era of mobile communications. But according to a report, it's possible that Samsung will use this sensor for its upcoming Galaxy S10 flagship.

Included in the unveiling were mobile operators AT&T, EE, Telstra and Verizon; infrastructure provider Ericsson; network infrastructure and mobile device leader Samsung; and device makers Motorola, NETGEAR and Inseego. That's a pretty big coup for a company that released its first device only four years ago. The rollout is expected to begin in earnest in 2019. Qualcomm will help its OEM partners address the exponential increase in device design complexity that comes with 5G in both sub-6 GHz and mmWave bands. The carrier is promising that its own 5G network will be available nationwide rather than in a few cities.

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. Some of you might remember that Huawei Mobile Egypt was caught using a DSLR camera to simulate the AI camera feature of its Nova 3 and Nova 3i smartphones.

However, 5G won't burst onto the smartphone scene. "Coming on the heels of yesterday's announcement, we're pleased to announce we're working with Samsung to bring another standards-based 5G device to AT&T customers in 2019", said an AT&T representative. This is the clearest timeline that we've had so far. Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor will reimagine the in-display fingerprint scanning by using ultrasonic waves instead of optical light for secure and accurate authentication even if the finger is covered in water or oil.

The new chip also supports VR games at 8k resolutions and 120 frames per second, which should enable much more immersive mobile virtual reality experiences.

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