Qualcomm unveils new chips to fire up race to 5G services

Joanna Estrada
February 11, 2019

Previous rumors have suggested the chipset might end up being called the Snapdragon 8150, but alas, Qualcomm chose to go with the more logical naming scheme.

The two companies will unveil a proof of concept later this week, at the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui. The device will use the chipmaker's Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.

Despite the inevitable short-comings when it comes to coverage, 5G is pretty close to becoming an actual thing in the hands of the consumer.

Verizon, AT&T, and Samsung also announced that a 5G-capable smartphone will be available in early 2019.

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It must sound like a bit of an echo, but during the first six months of 2019, AT&T will bolster its 5G devices line-up with a Samsung smartphone.

On the occasion of the presentation of the new Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm also unveiled its ambitions on the 5G. However, the company did give us a sneak peek at some of tomorrow's announcements. It is not yet known what model will implement next-generation 5G mobile communication services. The Snapdragon 855 also features the world's first Computer Vision Image Signal Processor (CV-ISP) to deliver new photo and video capture features.

Apart from 5G connectivity, Qualcomm also announced its "3D Sonic Sensor", a fingerprint scanner for smartphones that will lay underneath the screen completely hidden from sight. The 3D Sonic Sensor will use ultrasonic waves to register fingerprints, which is said to be more accurate and reliable than similar in-display fingerprint sensors you'd find on phones like the OnePlus 6T. Meet the Snapdragon 855, which is the latest mobile SoC to be built on 7nm process tech (following the Huawei Kirin 980 and the Apple A12/ A12X), and promises unmatched performance and efficiency for the scores of flagship Android phones and other devices that will launch in 2019.

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