We're expecting to see the new Snapdragon 855 chipset in a variety of top-end phones throughout 2019 and beyond, and we've had a think about the most likely up-and-coming devices that will likely include the cutting-edge chipset.
It's day one of Qualcomm's annual Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui, Hawaii, and the company has already announced a partnership with Katouzian to develop the first 3D ultrasonic fingerprint sensor for smartphones. It's still relatively early days for software and services fueled by machine learning, but the shift in the industry seems nearly palpable at this point.
Devices with Snapdragon 855 should also see a significant improvement in computational photography thanks to the new Spectra 380 image signal processor (ISP), which will include computer vision capabilities.
In contrast to now available optical in-display fingerprint sensors, such as the one that's available in the OnePlus 6T, the company's new 3D Sonic Sensor technology uses ultrasonic waves to capture and authenticate an individual's fingerprint instead of a 2D image. They'll not only be smarter and more responsive but will tap into the super-fast 5G network, shoot better photos and recognize images, and let us securely unlock our phones using in-screen fingerprint readers.
The upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform will be manufactured on a 7nm process, as previously disclosed.
Apple, for its part, is taking its time with 5G adoption. And while that will enable you to enjoy the faster network speeds that 5G promises, that will depend on 5G wireless networks coming online, something that will happen throughout 2019.More news: Packers fire head coach McCarthy after loss to Arizona Cardinals
That said, 5G connectivity is just a few months away. Unlike optical scanners, Katouzian said, the Sonic Scanner takes a 3D image of a fingerprint's image ad pores, making it hard to trick the sensor. The feature is also available in phones like Vivo's Nex S and Xiaomi Mi 8, but those phones aren't officially supported in the U.S.
Earlier this year, Qualcomm announced the world's first 5G modem, the X50, which is supposed to increase download speeds by up to 20x over what most mobile users now experience.
Google aren't at the Snapdragon Summit specifically, but the company has embraced Qualcomm's processing tech for the entire Pixel series so far.
Lastly, the "Snapdragon Elite Gaming" feature was teased, which should combine performance, audio and battery life for an improved gaming experience.
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