Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm, told attendees at the summit that 5G will provide the "foundation for virtually every other electronic device to become connected", and despite the reservations of some that 5G is not yet ready for prime time, the U.S. chip giant prides itself on "making the impossible, inevitable". While the company didn't spill a ton of details on the Snapdragon 855 today, it did say that the chipset offers three times better performance than the Snapdragon 845.
The Snapdragon 855 mobile platform also gains a new Hexagon 690 processor with twice as many vector cores as the previous Hexagon 685 processor found in the Snapdragon 845, as well as a redesigned Hexagon Tensor Accelerator that helps the new Snapdragon 855 chip achieve 3x machine learning performance over the Snapdragon 855. While each new generation of Snapdragon usually finds its way into flagship Android phones, it's unclear which models will run the Snapdragon 855 with 5G connectivity. According to a Bloomberg report released on Monday, Apple will probably release its 5G enabled smartphones only in 2020.
We're not totally sure why, we can only think there was a possible overheating issue due to the intensive work being done by streaming 4K over the 5G modem (remember this isn't a final device). The next generation of cellular technology, 4G LTE's successor, is expected to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks.
We're told the chipset will feature multi-gigabit 5G connectivity, hardware acceleration for trained neural networks in apps, and suitable graphics oomph for running virtual reality software. 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".
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Qualcomm Inc. unveiled new chips that it said will run numerous first phones capable of connecting to new 5G services next year. This will not only ensure users unlock their phones in a blink of an eye but also make the entire process very secure.
One final note about the Snapdragon 855: Qualcomm says that it will be part of what the company describes as Snapdragon Elite Gaming.
Lastly, a 3D Sonic Sensor is capable of reading and authenticating a fingerprint even when there are obstructions like dirt and oil on the fingerprint. Right now, we don't have any technical details for the Snapdragon 855, but this will change as Qualcomm's tech summit progresses.
We'll be bringing you more from Maui as we get it, but don't expect this to be the only announcement - Qualcomm may have a trick or two up its sleeve yet.