Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: Everything you need to know in 10 simple points


While each new generation of Snapdragon usually finds its way into flagship Android phones, it's unclear which models will run the Snapdragon 855 with 5G connectivity. Instead, they've skirted around the full name by including the words "Samsung" and "phone" as well as "5G" all over the place - but no S10. Unfortunately, Apple is not jumping on the bandwagon and it has even made a decision to hold off on offering a 5G-capable iPhone until 2020. Verizon even announced on Monday that it is working with the South Korean brand to bring the first commercial 5G smartphone to the American market in the first half of 2019.

Both Verizon and AT&T are showing off 5G at the summit.

You can learn about the 5G standard by checking out the links below.

Meanwhile, faced with skepticism over 5G, Qualcomm executives said people back in the day claimed CDMA would never work, and look how that turned out. It is acclaimed to increase the AI performance by three times when compared to previous iteration chipsets.

According to Qualcomm executives speaking at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui, Hawaii on Tuesday, 5G will become as "basic" a requirement in future cities as electricity is today. Now that we are talking about the next-generation networking technology in the present tense, will consumers be interested enough to adopt new devices exclusively for 5G?

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones

"At Samsung, we have a vision of a connected world powered by 5G that will benefit consumers, communities, industries and governments", said Justin Denison, senior vice president, mobile product strategy and marketing, Samsung Electronics America. When fully implemented, it will offer capacity and download speeds much faster than a 4G LTE network.

Not many details have been given yet, partly because Qualcomm is downplaying things such as CPU and GPU performance in favour of the overall experience.

Highlighting some of the key factors of the Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm said that the Snapdragon 845 successor will push the capabilities of AI (artificial intelligence) with 4th generation AI experience. However, it seems like this modem may not be integrated into the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform. Along with Apple's history of being a fast-follower on new telecommunications technologies - to wait until early kinks get rectified - Bloomberg speculated that Apple's delay may also be tied to its feud with Qualcomm and shift to use Intel chips.

We think the new handset will be the United States version of the Galaxy S10 - Samsung usually releases two versions of its "S" series handsets; one based on its Exynos chip which comes to most territories including the UK and another based on Qualcomm's latest platform for the U.S. market.