7 upcoming flagship phones we expect to feature the Snapdragon 855

Judy Cobb
December 5, 2018

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

Samsung's Galaxy S10 is nearly certain to be the next big smartphone to be revealed by the Korean technology firm and this device could be their most powerful and advanced to date. The platform will also be 5G ready thanks to being compatible with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 modem. Specifically, it'll offer multi-gigabit 5G in addition to 4G LTE support, says Qualcomm.

"OnePlus and Samsung have committed to launching 5G handsets in the USA in 2019, Motorola has its god-awful 5G Mod for the Z3 (which we'll be seeing demoed here in Maui), and you can bet that every phonemaker will be plastering the internet with "[COMPANY] LAUNCHES FIRST [MEANINGLESS METRIC] 5G SMARTPHONE" press releases for the next year.

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Qualcomm is playing most of the Snapdragon 855 details relatively close to its chest, at least for today. Notably, Apple and Samsung have been taking a jab at each other by releasing premium phones in the similar price segment, however, right now, Apple is engaged in a legal battle with Qualcomm. Similar to Apple's A12 and Huawei's Kirin 980 processors, the new Snapdragon 855 will be manufactured on a 7nm process which makes it more efficient than their current 10nm based Snapdragon 845. Safe to say we're looking forward to getting our first Snapdragon 855 devices in hand and seeing what Qualcomm's flagship chipset can do. Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 855 will improve the overall performance of a smartphone by nearly Three times. It's little surprise, then, that Qualcomm embedded a new computer vision ISP into the 855, so phones of the future will be better able to "recognize who and what you're capturing". Qualcomm states that them using ultrasound in the 3D Sonic Sensor is more secure and accurate than the alternative.

Qualcomm's 3D Sonic Sensor will start showing up in phones, an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that promises fast and accurate unlocking (superior to optical sensors). This tech is coming in devices in the first half of 2019.

We'll have all of the finer details tomorrow following Day 2 of the Snapdragon Tech Summit. The press conference is now underway, and we will announce more details shortly. Additionally, with the Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm is aiming to deliver a great photography and gaming experience to the users.

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