Smartphone Makers Adopting 5G Tech Next Year Revealed

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones

Qualcomm Ushers in Decade of 5G at Summit on Maui

Chipmaker Qualcomm announced its new mobile processor, the Snapdragon 855, which will enable mobile devices to connect to the latest mobile networking standard, 5G. The chip maker says that 2019 will be all about 5G and most flagships or premium smartphones will be powered by Snapdragon 855. 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.

The biggest focus of Snapdragon 855 lies in the integrated modem. There's a computer vision ISP (image signal processor) for better photography in there, too, as well as a fourth generation AI engine. The rest of the phone also indicates near-final design - why include a Bixby button for a 5G data connectivity demo device?

All Android smartphone makers are going to release 5G-ready mobile devices next year, according to Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon. In October, Verizon launched 5G Home, the world's first commercial 5G network in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, CA, marking a major step toward bringing the technology into the mainstream, as previously reported by TechRepublic. Apple Won't Be Launching its First 5G iPhone Until 2020.

"When we get to exactly this time of year one year from now ... we will see every [handset maker] on the Android ecosystem, their flagship across all United States carriers will be a 5G device", Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon told CNET in an interview Tuesday at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii.

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.

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On Tuesday, chipmaker Qualcomm announced the first mobile chip that supports the 5G mobile network.

For the first time ever in a Qualcomm chip, an NPU dedicated to machine learning tasks and related to AI will be present.

Earlier this year, Qualcomm announced the world's first 5G modem, the X50, which is supposed to increase download speeds by up to 20x over what most mobile users now experience. Qualcomm claims the ultrasonic tech can accurately detect fingerprints despite the presence of various contaminants on fingers, because it isn't easily blocked in the way the light used for an optical sensor can be.

The 5G Galaxy S10 with Snapdragon 855 was more or less confirmed by Samsung yesterday during Qualcomm's annual Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii. "Furthermore, this technology enables sleek, cutting-edge form factors while distinguishing itself from alternatives with higher levels of security and accuracy", it said in its blog post.

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