Snapdragon 855 is Qualcomm's next flagship mobile platform built for 5G

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Aside from the new flagship class Snapdragon 855 chip, Qualcomm has also announced another new product at its Snapdragon Tech Summit 2018 in the form of 3D Sonic Sensor.

"Samsung offers end-to-end solutions that are accelerating the wide scale adoption of 5G and help us realize our vision of truly connected living", said Justin Denison, senior vice president, mobile product strategy and marketing at Samsung Electronics America, in a press release. And the company says the new chip is optimized for gaming with improved graphics and audio performance.

That Snapdragon Mobile flagship is none other than the successor to the Snapdragon 845 that powers this year's Galaxy S9 and Note 9. If you apply Qualcomm's 45 percent number, the Geekbench 4 score on the 855 would go to 13,070.

That means the A12 Bionic is roughly 28% faster than the Snapdragon 845. AT&T announced today that it will also carry the new Samsung device in the spring of 2019.

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Key will be a new, 4th generation multi-core AI Engine, drawing together the Adreno, Kryo, and Hexagon components of the SoC. Qualcomm says it'll deliver up to three times the performance compared to its predecessor in the Snapdragon 845, now found in phones like the Pixel 3 XL and Galaxy Note 9, by intelligently choosing which core to task each time.

According to the leaks, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 will be the first mobile processor to support multi-gigabit 5G connections.

It's not yet clear if this is sufficient to beat Google, Huawei, and Apple's latest ML accelerators, as Qualcomm's Hexagon processor used to be quite behind in terms of ML performance not too long ago. The new ISP will be four times more efficient than its predecessor. Currently, most in-display fingerprint sensors use optical sensors, so they shine light up through the screen to read your fingerprint on the display. 5G connectivity on mobile devices will be made possible with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G modem and QTM052 mmWave antenna modules. The flagship smartphones of 2019 are likely going to come equipped with this under display sensor.

The report claims the company will save 5G for an upcoming device set to be released later in 2019, so you may have to wait a while to get the biggest benefit from the Snapdragon 855. Qualcomm's march to add this high-speed next-gen mobile broadband support to its chips, and therefore future Android phones, was enough to give Intel a fright: Chipzilla last month axed its 5G XMM 8060 cellular modem, due out mid-2019, and brought forward its 5G XMM 8160 modem to ship in 2020.

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