Qualcomm has announced the name of its new flagship processor for 5G smartphone next year, called Snapdragon 855. So, you can expect to see Qualcomm snapdragon 855 in every major Android device as from next year (2019).
Qualcomm snapdragon 855 announcement was made at the company’s annual Technology Summit in Hawaii, United States.
The announcement was expected because, Qualcomm launched it’s previous flagship processor (Snapdragon 845), at the same conference almost exactly one year ago. But the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 isn’t just another spec bump. It’s the chip that will almost certainly appear in the first wave of 5G phones. Qualcomm has said this new platform will support “multi-gigabit” download speeds on 5G networks.
Although, for now, Qualcomm has only said that the chip will provide “up to three times the AI performance compared to the previous generation mobile platform,” and it will add a new dedicated computer vision processor for intelligent cameras.
Moreover, according to Qualcomm Snapdragon boss Alex Katouzian, he said “the new chip will recognize who and what you’re capturing”. The chip will also apparently offer improved gaming and augmented reality experiences, but Qualcomm didn’t go into detail.
Qualcomm had previously said its next Snapdragon would be on a 7nm manufacturing process, down from the 10nm of Snapdragon 845 and 835. Those smaller circuits generally mean improvements in efficiency, which could mean more performance, battery life, or both.
Qualcomm also rebranded its ultrasonic, under-the-screen fingerprint sensor technology initiative as the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor, though it’s not clear if Qualcomm’s convinced any new manufacturers to buy in.
Qualcomm is a major dealer in the mobile space, especially in the United States, there’s really little question that the Snapdragon 855 will appear in most major flagship phones in 2019. So, you can expect to see the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in major Android phones as from next year (2019).