(It's unclear if this pattern will continue with the S10.) Samsung is at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 where the Snapdragon 855 has been unveiled, which we're taking that to mean the company is nearly certain to include the new Snapdragon on its next flagship.
Qualcomm's solution will be widely available to its numerous OEM partners which should help spread in-display fingerprint readers to more devices in 2019.
The GPU promises a performance boost of 20% over Qualcomm's current offering, too, while also receiving new features such as support for Vulkan 1.1 support, HDR10+ (a first for mobile), and physically-based rendering, all of which should contribute to more realistic-looking games, according to Qualcomm.
Finally, the company added that the Snapdragon 855 would support a new Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint sensor - called Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor - that can read a user's fingerprint through the glass screen of a smartphone. It's little surprise, then, that Qualcomm embedded a new computer vision ISP into the 855, so phones of the future will be better able to "recognize who and what you're capturing".
Lastly, the "Snapdragon Elite Gaming" feature was teased, which should combine performance, audio and battery life for an improved gaming experience.
It's an interesting time for the mobile chip industry.
This millimeter-wave 5G RF module works in tandem with the Snapdragon X50.
5G networks start with 5G external devices that are expected to evolve very soon and move to phones. Beyond that, though, are questions around coverage and use-case.
Even with the various carriers talking up their 5G roadmaps, getting service will be the exception not the rule for some time to come.
5G is the next generation of wireless technology which is set to replace 4G LTE. Qualcomm, of course, doesn't make the devices itself, only the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, but it has a vested interest in making sure that there's more than just fast download speeds to tempt consumers into upgrading. Qualcomm officially announced the new processor at its conference in Hawaii on Tuesday. "Virtually everything is becoming connected and intelligent".
Verizon (and AT&T, and Sprint) has already confirmed that it will be welcoming 5G on the back of an unannounced Samsung smartphone. Still, he's predicting a significant evolution ahead.
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