5G Galaxy S10 with Snapdragon 855 seems like a done deal

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones

Qualcomm is making a lot of noise about 5G at the Snapdragon Summit 2018 - at which SlashGear is attending as Qualcomm's guest - but a device using the Snapdragon 855 won't necessarily support 5G networks. Aside from Samsung getting into bed with two hardcore rivals, Motorola is working with Verizon for its own device, while LG has plans to launch its own 5G compatible device on Sprint's network, also for the first half of 2019.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 is about to be everywhere in the Android smartphone space come 2019, but we can break down the five reasons why you should be excited about that.

In addition, Qualcomm re-launched its ultrasonic, under-glass fingerprint sensor technology, called the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor.

The new platform is capable of supporting multi-gigabit download speeds on 5G networks. As always, the 855 needs to connect to equally advanced wireless infrastructure to deliver maximum speeds.

Super fast Wi-Fi 6. The X50 doesn't replace the X24. It behaved in a similar way with both 3G and 4G networks, both of which took a while to arrive on iPhone. 5G will, indeed, be the killer feature for smartphones of 2019, and it'll be a big differentiator. Qualcomm demoed a variety of third-party app experiences that will benefit from the 855's AI capabilities. The smartphone maker is using the photo for advertising the bokeh camera mode. And so far it has only said that the latest AI Engine has 3x the performance of the one in the Snapdragon 845, and is twice as quick as other 7nm chips.

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones
Qualcomm presented a new flagship chipset Snapdragon 855

Part of the 855 platform is a brand new image signal processor.

On the surface, this seems like a minor change.

Another computational photography feature the 855's new ISP will enable is real-time object segmentation. The 855 is capable of replacing that brick wall in real-time to a background that, for example, includes a blue sky and palm trees.

The 5G race in the USA is certainly heating up, and while some might complain the buzz has dimmed into more of a nauseating drone, at least there is something to actually shout about nowadays. Finally, there are four 1.8GHz Efficiency Cores, which are more frugal for low-intensity tasks. However, it loses out on being able to offer the latest exciting innovation.

Similarly, it's possible to store an entire set of burst images or multiple lens profiles in the same container using HEIF.

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