Qualcomm presented a new flagship chipset Snapdragon 855

Qualcomm presented a new flagship chipset Snapdragon 855


Just yesterday, an early leak revealed that Qualcomms next major Snapdragon chip would be called the Snapdragon 855. The Samsung phone will be AT&T's second 5G device, after the aforementioned Netgear Nighthawk mobile hotspot puck.

Rumours also put the new Qualcomm chipset being their first 7nm chipset. Additionally, with the Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm is aiming to deliver a great photography and gaming experience to the users.

Aside from multiple camera setup, display notches, and all whatnot, the In-screen fingerprint reader has in the previous year become a major feature of the mo-range and Premium smartphones, partly because they take up more space than the conventional rear fingerprint sensor. That is because it can map your entire fingerprint, include the ridges and pores that are unique to you, in 3D.

For the first time ever in a Qualcomm chip, an NPU dedicated to machine learning tasks and related to AI will be present. One potential downside to all this is that we're nearly certainly returning to the years of split phone SKUs - US phones with hyper-specific bands for each carrier that don't play nicely with one another, and non-US phones that don't work on our new networks, just the legacy ones.

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

During his keynote, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon discussed the progress Qualcomm Technologies has shown on the path to commercialization of 5G, describing how 5G will be a commercial reality starting in early 2019 with mobile device launches and network rollouts across North America, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Australia and China. That is actually one of the biggest issues with current under-display fingerprint sensors from Synaptics and a few other suppliers.

These sensors mostly rely on an "image" of your thumb or finger to unlock the phone and theoretically, someone can spoof them. 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. We've seen similar implementations from Chinese OEMs like Huawei and OnePlus, but these first-generation implementations leave a lot to be desired with respect to speed.

However, from a technology perspective alone, it seems like the new Qualcomm component should eradicate the possibility of fooling a smartphone fingerprint sensor with an accurate image of the print. Which is going to result in a better looking and cleaner device for many people. The chipset is shaping up to be a pretty big deal, though, because not only will it very likely be inside numerous most hotly anticipated phones of 2019, but it'll also enable 5G connectivity for the first wave of 5G smartphones.

  • Terrell Bush