7 upcoming flagship phones we expect to feature the Snapdragon 855

7 upcoming flagship phones we expect to feature the Snapdragon 855

Qualcomm announced today (Dec. 4) that its next mobile processing platform, the Snapdragon 855, is going to support both features when it starts arriving in top-of-the-line handsets next year. If you apply Qualcomm's 45 percent number, the Geekbench 4 score on the 855 would go to 13,070.

There's no official word yet on which phone makers might adopt the Snapdragon 855 and its 3D Sonic Sensor, though Katouzian said the first such devices would come out in the first half of next year.

That means the A12 Bionic is roughly 28% faster than the Snapdragon 845. However, the hardware that Samsung is expected to use in its mobile phones will most likely be different compared to the models it sells globally. Qualcomm quoted a 3X performance improvement over the last-generation 845, and up to a 2X improvement over competitors' 7nm processors. However, the ML performance of the new Hexagon ML accelerator should be within the same ballpark as the others.

Also getting more smarts is the image signal processor for taking photos and videos using Snapdragon 855-powered smartphones. The new ISP will be four times more efficient than its predecessor.

In addition to unveiling the Snapdragon 855 at an event in Hawaii today, Qualcomm revealed a 5G smartphone reference design which looks... like a phone... with a 5G icon in the status bar.

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This is due to the fact that the 3D Sonic Sensor utilizes the ultrasonic method in order to scan fingerprints.

The new chip also supports VR games at 8k resolutions and 120 frames per second, which should enable much more immersive mobile virtual reality experiences.

As for photography, the Snapdragon 855 will include a Computer Vision ISP - the world's first, according to Qualcomm. With the 5G-ready Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, your next flagship smartphone will be capable of utilizing the high-speed 5G networks once operators are ready. The Snapdragon 855 platform will come with a Cat-20 4G modem offering up to 2Gbps download speeds, called the X24.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips now power over a billion phones ranging from entry-level devices to flagship models, which is undoubtedly what the Snapdragon 855 is destined for in the first quarter of 2019. Although Intel promised to ship its own 5G modem in 2019, Apple is expected to launch devices with 5G modems only in 2020.

For now, it is not known if any companies have adopted Qualcomm's new sensor for their products.

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