Your next flagship will be based on Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 chipset

The patent filed by Samsung

The patent filed by Samsung

Qualcomm is, of course, talking up the Snapdragon 855's 5G capabilities as we get ready to head into the new frontier of the latest and greatest wireless networks.

Roland Quandt from Winfuture claims that the first wave of Snapdragon 855 SoCs will not supports 5G.

On the first day of its annual "Snapdragon Tech Summit" in Hawaii, Qualcomm introduced its first commercial 5G chipset, branded as Snapdragon 855.

Previous rumors have suggested the chipset might end up being called the Snapdragon 8150, but alas, Qualcomm chose to go with the more logical naming scheme.

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.

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Qualcomm expects the first smartphones using the new chipset to hit the market in the first half of next year.

Consumer-ready 5G networks have yet to be deployed in earnest in the USA, 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.

For a brief moment, Qualcomm displayed a list of hardware makers who are working with the company's 5G technology. Speaking of GPUs, the new SoC will integrate the Adreno 640 accelerator, and the CPU part will include three separate clusters, with only one high-performance core running at 2.84 GHz, three more performance cores running at 2.42 GHz, plus four efficient cores running at 1.78 GHz. It also allows 4K HDR video capture, and there's a set of features called Snapdragon Elite Gaming, which should bring improvements to mobile titles. Qualcomm was kind of cryptic here, but we'll know more soon enough.

Additionally, Qualcomm announced 3D Sonic Sensor. The two companies will conduct a live virtual reality telemedicine demonstration in partnership with Columbia University using an Inseego mobile hotspot device, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and Snapdragon X50 5G modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements, running on Verizon's 5G NR mobile network deployed at the event venue.

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