Sprint is also working on a 5G smartphone with Samsung

Donna Miller
December 5, 2018

The system-on-chip was teased during Qualcomm's Snapdragon Tech Summit in Hawaii today, and follows on from the 835 and 845 announced this time past year.

That Snapdragon Mobile flagship is none other than the successor to the Snapdragon 845 that powers this year's Galaxy S9 and Note 9.

More information on the Snapdragon 855 should be released over the next few days during the Snapdragon Technology Summit. Qualcomm quoted a 3X performance improvement over the last-generation 845, and up to a 2X improvement over competitors' 7nm processors. In fact, a lot of manufacturers embrace Qualcomm's processing tech. The new ISP will be four times more efficient than its predecessor. AT&T and Verizon both have 5G networks set up in the hotel where the Qualcomm event is taking place, and using a reference device shown off on stage during the keynote, those in attendance will get to experience a 5G connection on a reference smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 855 platform. The new mobile solution which is also known internally as the sm8150, will be making its way to new flagship smartphones beginning next year.

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones

Consumer-ready 5G networks have yet to be deployed in earnest in the US, but Qualcomm is getting ahead of the curve by announcing its latest processor and modem so that it can be integrated into upcoming smartphones as the first networks go live. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC is focused on Gaming, Artificial Intelligence, and photography.

The Porsche Design Mate 20 RS already uses a fingerprint reader under the display but it's an optical type and not ultrasonic! The Snapdragon 855 platform will come with a Cat-20 4G modem offering up to 2Gbps download speeds, called the X24.

"OnePlus and Samsung have committed to launching 5G handsets in the United States in 2019, Motorola has its god-awful 5G Mod for the Z3 (which we'll be seeing demoed here in Maui), and you can bet that every phonemaker will be plastering the internet with "[COMPANY] LAUNCHES FIRST [MEANINGLESS METRIC] 5G SMARTPHONE" press releases for the next year. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported on Monday that Apple would wait until at least 2020 to release its first 5G iPhones. Apple has had a rough relationship with Qualcomm lately, so it looks like the company now depends on Intel's own roadmap to deliver new advances in wireless technology to its customers.

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In his briefing with reporters, Kudlow said he assumed that the Chinese would eventually drop their auto tariffs altogether. Trump gave no details about the vehicle tariffs, and there was no immediate response from the Chinese government.

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