Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 will bring advanced features to 2019 5G phones

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Samsung is widely-tipped to introduce 5G to the top-of-the-line variant of its flagship Galaxy S smartphone range, which is scheduled to launch at Mobile World Congress in February 2019.

As Qualcomm sees it, that means paving the way for more immersive extended reality (XR) experiences - that's virtual reality and augmented reality to you and I - along with new artificial intelligence (AI) products.

Together with a new Kryo CPU core (likely based on Cortex-A76), the chip is expected to see an increase in performance of 45% over the CPU found in the Snapdragon 845.

Other than that, Qualcomm has also stated that the Snapdragon 855 also features the latest edition of Qualcomm Spectra Image Signal Processor which the company claimed as the world's first Computer Vision (CV) ISP. The Snapdragon Elite Gaming will be a software optimization, which will work according to the games or app that a user is playing.

Expect more flagship phones to feature fingerprint sensors embedded underneath their front displays in 2019, along with 5G connectivity.

Qualcomm is having yet another 5G fest this week, moving the road-show from Hong Kong to Hawaii.

As you can see in the images and video above Samsung retain the 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB-C port along with what may be a Bixby button on the left (yes it will just not go away).

The commercial 5G network is built on Verizon's Ultra Wideband 5G Network. Case in point: Samsung promoting Galaxy Note9 on Twitter using an iPhone.

Even with the various carriers talking up their 5G roadmaps, getting service will be the exception not the rule for some time to come. Qualcomm also announced support for 5G in multiple countries coming next year.

Talking about the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, the company will be revealing very little information. "Virtually everything is becoming connected and intelligent".

Samsung and Verizon have confirmed that the two will bring one of the first commercial 5G smartphones to the market in the first half of 2019. "5G will be bigger than 3G and 4G", he insisted. The company plans to transition these deployments to use industry standard 5G NR equipment in the future, though it has not provided a timeline for this transition.

As of the time of this report, the conference is still ongoing and we are still expecting the official announcement of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. Near the end of the presentation, however, Alex Katouzian, SVP and General Manager of mobile at Qualcomm revealed the name and some of the features of their next flagship mobile platform.

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