The Snapdragon 855 will also feature the world's first Computer Vision ISP to help phones recognise objects and faces.

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 855 SoC with 5G modem to launch it in first half of 2019
Atom Tech Shorts Thursday, December 06, 2018 - 12:11

Since there has been a lot of talk about the release of a 5G-enabled Samsung phone by March, the question on everyone’s mind was which processor is equipped to handle the technology and Qualcomm has answered that with the announcement of a new processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855SoC.

It has been disclosed that the special X50 modem made by Qualcomm and included in this processor will be the key to handling high speeds promised to be delivered by the 5G technology. In fact, the claim is that the new processor is capable of delivering data speeds 50 to 100 times faster than the existing 4G networks.

So, what was reported as a two-party association of Verizon and Samsung for rolling out the 5G service in the US in March 2019 will indeed be a three-party affair with Qualcomm pitching in with the processor. It is understood that Samsung has an Exynos chipset that is capable of working on the 5G network. After all South Korea has a 5G service already operational and there have been videos doing the rounds online of a Samsung phone being used to communicate on the 5G network. But the South Korean company itself has not made any official claim on its processor yet.

Qualcomm claims that the new 855 processor comes with the world’s first Computer Vision (CV) ISP endowed with face and objects recognition features as well as video capture capabilities.

The much talked about ultrasonic fingerprint sensor to be part of the special edition Samsung Galaxy S10 5G phone will also be supported by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. It’s called Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor.

This means that the launch of the 5G phone by Samsung and the rollout of the service by Verizon in the US are all on the right course.

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