Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 officially announced

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 officially announced

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. The Snapdragon 855's performance is three times better than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 845. The company is hosting events with more information about the Snapdragon 855 throughout the Summit, and most of the mobile platform's specifications and features will be made public during Day 2.

Computer Vision ISP: This is the world's first, according to Qualcomm, which will enable computational photography and video capture features.

We're expecting to see the new Snapdragon 855 chipset in a variety of top-end phones throughout 2019 and beyond, and we've had a think about the most likely up-and-coming devices that will likely include the cutting-edge chipset.

Qualcomm is now hosting its Snapdragon Summit, so expect more details on the Snapdragon 855 to be revealed in the coming days.

Qualcomm has also introduced a new ultrasonic sensor for under-display fingerprint sensors.

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.

Qualcomm specifically mentions that Snapdragon 855 will be the processor powering next year's 5G-ready mobile phones, so get ready to hear "Snapdragon 855" a lot over the next year. The company touts huge performance increases that could even allow it to overtake the Apple A12 Bionic. Unlike optical scanners, Katouzian said, the Sonic Scanner takes a 3D image of a fingerprint's image ad pores, making it hard to trick the sensor. The Snapdragon 855 includes Qualcomm's 4th-generation multi-core AI engine.

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. Many times we've written that its name is Snapdragon 855 and nothing else. Qualcomm officially announced the new processor at its conference in Hawaii on Tuesday. Next, the company unveiled Snapdragon Elite Gaming, a set of features in the mobile platform to enhance mobile gaming experiences. Katouzian promised a mobile platform that can deliver cinematic graphics and audio to mobile games while also providing long battery life for lengthy gaming sessions.

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