Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC & Snapdragon Elite Gaming Accidentally Revealed

Joanna Estrada
December 5, 2018

Samsung and Verizon announced on Monday that they will bring a 5G smartphone to market in the first half of 2019.

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.

With these new sensors, the company will be offering under-display fingerprint scanning technology under a new called Ultrasonic Fingerprint Solution.

Qualcomm today took the wraps off of the Snapdragon 855, its newest flagship mobile chipset. Meanwhile, Snapdragon Elite Gaming will focus on the silicon's potential in mobile games.

It's been clear for a while now that 2019 will be the year of 5G, and it's little surprise at this point that the Snapdragon 855 will support "multi-gigabit" data speeds on 5G networks as they light up around the country.

This millimeter-wave 5G RF module works in tandem with the Snapdragon X50. The tech is supposed to kill off Wi-Fi and fixed-line broadband, because you'll be expected to use 5G everywhere, somehow, connecting to carriers and private 5G networks for your internet. Beyond that, though, are questions around coverage and use-case.

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

Service providers are working on 5G rollouts across the US.

Qualcomm is expected to reveal more details about the Snapdragon 855 and its features over the next few days from the summit.

Speaking ahead of the event Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated, said: "I am very excited to build upon the success of last year's Snapdragon Technology Summit and be joined by over 330 global press and analysts in Hawaii again this year". "Virtually everything is becoming connected and intelligent".

Earlier this year, Motorola and Verizon announced a 5G Moto Mod that adds 5G connectivity to the Moto Z3, with anticipation of releasing the 5G Moto Mod in early 2019.

"The best 5G networks will need the best 4G networks", said Nicki Palmer, Verizon's chief network engineering officer, in an attempt to reassure us that 5G will be great. Still, he's predicting a significant evolution ahead. "It has the potential to be one of the largest industry transitions we have in wireless".

Complimenting the Snapdragon 855 will be the separate Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor.

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