Qualcomm unveils new chips to fire up race to 5G services

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 11, 2019

Qualcomm this week unveiled its next-gen premium mobile processor, the Snapdragon 855, which will power next year's flagship.

5G represents a significant jump from 4G, offering higher mobile internet speeds and more bandwidth.

We think the new handset will be the USA version of the Galaxy S10 - Samsung usually releases two versions of its "S" series handsets; one based on its Exynos chip which comes to most territories including the United Kingdom and another based on Qualcomm's latest platform for the U.S. market.

It must sound like a bit of an echo, but during the first six months of 2019, AT&T will bolster its 5G devices line-up with a Samsung smartphone. Apple, however, is choosing to sit out the H1 2019 race, suggesting its own 5G compatible device will not be ready until 2020. It is not yet known what model will implement next-generation 5G mobile communication services.

Verizon Wireless isn't the only one jumping on the Samsung 5G bandwagon. As we have reported in the past, Samsung plans to launch multiple variants of Galaxy S10 so there's a chance that Samsung will tweak the overall design of the device as well.

Verizon already has a working 5G commercial service, 5G home, which was launched in October in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento, with a "rapid expansion" on the cards. The technology will be more broadly available as the carriers roll out their upgraded networks over the next few years.

Computational photography is becoming even more important in flagship phones, and Google's Pixel 3 family of smartphones has arguably used it to the greatest effect. 5G will, indeed, be the killer feature for smartphones of 2019, and it'll be a big differentiator.

Either way, early 2019 will give us a better idea of what to expect with 5G. Katouzian also announced Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor, the world's first commercial ultrasonic fingerprint solution supported under the display. This under-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor should be very secure as it takes a 3D image of the finger and won't be affected by oily or wet fingers.

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