Alex Katouzian announced the Snapdragon 855

Alex Katouzian announced the Snapdragon 855

Alex Katouzian announced the Snapdragon 855

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is official, and it's coming to mobile devices soon. At this point, Qualcomm has only said this new chipset will offer "up to three times the AI performance compared to the previous generation mobile platform". Qualcomm plans to provide more details about the Snapdragon 855 on Wednesday.

Qualcomm, hosting its annual tech conference this week, has brought partners like Samsung, Verizon and AT&T to talk up their plans for 5G devices in 2019.

We also know that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is based on the 7nm manufacturing process.

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. As it uses ultrasonic technology to unlock the devices, the 3D Sonic Sensor will work with wet fingers, which is not possible with existing fingerprint readers.

Consumer-ready 5G networks have yet to be deployed in earnest in the US, but Qualcomm is getting ahead of the curve by announcing its latest processor and modem so that it can be integrated into upcoming smartphones as the first networks go live.

"That's the mobile processor that will be in the 5G smartphone as we launch 5G", Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon said Tuesday at the Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii. The updated engine should deliver a 3x performance boost in artificial intelligence features over what we saw with the Snapdragon 845 now found in many Android flagship devices.

The other big new feature that was announced was the Spectra ISP, which will have the world's first computer vision hardware integrated with it. Currently, most in-display fingerprint sensors use optical sensors, so they shine light up through the screen to read your fingerprint on the display.

The forthcoming 855 has a whole host of other improvements over the current Snapdragon 845, including dedicated AI processing and XR (extended reality) processing for the future of mobile device capabilities.

Lastly, the "Snapdragon Elite Gaming" feature was teased, which should combine performance, audio and battery life for an improved gaming experience.

In fact, Katouzian says the ISP will be able to recognize who and what you're shooting as well as where you're taking a picture. Mobile games are getting more demanding, so we'd expect this feature to help support the kind of graphically intense offerings that app makers are churning out with minimal lag.

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