Snapdragon 855. That is the name of Qualcomm’s next processor that’ll power most upcoming Android smartphones. And it’s gonna pack a punch.
“That’s the mobile processor that will be in the 5G smartphone as we launch 5G,” Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon said Tuesday at the Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii.
Qualcomm has brought partners like Samsung, Verizon and AT&T to discuss plans for 5G devices in 2019.
The Snapdragon 855 will likely be launched next year in devices like Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and will let all of us do more with our phones than ever before. Not only will it be smarter and more responsive, but it will tap into the super-fast 5G network, shoot better photos and improved image recognition, and let us securely unlock our phones using in-screen fingerprint readers.
Faster and smarter
One of the biggest features for next year’s phone is the ability to use 5G. The next generation of cellular technology is expected to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can be up to 100 times faster than what we have today, and even quicker than fibre-optic connections.
Alex Katouzian, Qualcomm senior vice president and general manager of mobile, said Tuesday that the Snapdragon 855 will contain the company’s fourth-generation AI engine.
The Snapdragon 855’s performance is three times better than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 845.
“AI doesn’t just happen on one core,” Katouzian said. “It efficiently picks the proper core for the best user experience.”
Also getting smarter is the image signal processor for taking photos and videos using a Snapdragon 855-powered smartphone. The chip will contain “the world’s first computer vision ISP.”
“It can now recognize who and what you’re capturing,” Katouzian said. “Now the 855 ISP has sight.”
Another feature the Snapdragon 855 can tap into is Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Sensor. The technology lets phone makers place fingerprint readers under the displays of their devices. It utilises sound waves to create a map of your fingerprints.
“This is the future of fingerprint technology,” Katouzian said.