The Snapdragon 855 will allow manufacturers to offer 5G smartphones from 2019
“Today marks a great leap forward in highlighting how Qualcomm Technologies and ecosystem leaders are advancing the commercialization of 5G, a journey that began with research and development, standardization and accelerated testing, the launch of innovative products and technologies, until the imminent launch of 5G networks and smartphones around the world early 2019 “explained Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm Inc.
In addition to 5G, these new mobile processors Qualcomm reduces the distance with HiSilicon in terms of artificial intelligence . The new Snapdragon 855 integrates the 4th generation artificial intelligence engine. More precise details will probably be known only at the CES to be held in Las Vegas earlier this year, but we already know that it is “multi-hearts” and will offer performances until 3 times better compared to the previous generation. And twice as good as competing solutions.
In addition, Qualcomm decided to incorporate “the first ISP Computer Vision (CV)” entirely dedicated to computational photography. In other words, for a smartphone to improve photographs on the fly by recognizing people and objects and interpolating several photos to enhance the quality. Incidentally, Qualcomm has unveiled a new ultrasonic sensor for the sensors integrated below the screen, the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor available in the second half of 2019.
Moreover, this SoC is engraved in 7nm, to increase the number of transistors while reducing its energy consumption. Benchmarks will be needed to appreciate the power gain compared to the previous generation, but Qualcomm wants them to be better than the competitors for the games. The founder thus spoke of Elite Gaming a series of optimizations intended to improve the experience of games on smartphone.
Snapdragon 855: Qualcomm lists the first partner builders
During the conference, Qualcomm estimated that 5G networks will ultimately have more impact than 3G and 4G networks : low latency, 4G videos, Cloud … were quoted representatives of international operators including the French Orange as first partners, but also manufacturers. Samsung, in particular, said “happy to be in the forefront by working with partners like Qualcomm to make 5G transformation a reality”. The brand bets that the 5G will be at the heart of a “4th industrial revolution” allowing many applications in the cloud so far very limited by the bit rates and latency, including intelligence artificial.
The next Samsung smartphones announced in 2019 will soon be compatible with this technology: what about the S10? It is probably too early to say. And anyway, as you will see, the manufacturers who will offer the Snapdragon 855 will be numerous. Qualcomm gave this list of partners:
- NetComm Wireless
- Sierra Wireless
With its Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm gives an almost turnkey solution for builders who want a quick transition. But it is clear with this list which also includes computer leaders or manufacturers unknown in this segment, smartphones will be far from being the only ones to integrate technology.