Qualcomm's next flagship smartphone processor will start showing up in 2019, and unsurprisingly it should offer better all-around performance than its predecessors. Make no mistake, the internal platform name of "sm8150" had been accurate all along, but the company chose to continue their existing branding scheme for the next mobile platform's marketing name-not unlike older Qualcomm flagship mobile platforms like the msm8996 (QualcommSnapdragon 820) or msm8974 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800). The next generation of cellular technology, 4G LTE's successor, is expected to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. Besides, the Snapdragon 855 possess a new Qualcomm's Computer Vision (CV) ISP that is meant to enhance the image processing capabilities by increasing computational photography and new video capture modes as well. That will pave the way to new computational photography and video capture features, the chip-maker suggests. Snapdragon Elite Gaming, which includes Qualcomm working with top gaming companies to tune the Snapdragon mobile gaming experience.
It's an interesting time for the mobile chip industry. The chipset is shaping up to be a pretty big deal, though, because not only will it very likely be inside numerous most hotly anticipated phones of 2019, but it'll also enable 5G connectivity for the first wave of 5G smartphones. While cable modem alternatives using 5G in place of fixed-line broadband internet connections will reach the market first, all eyes are on mobile devices whether those be smartphones, tablets, laptops, VR and AR headsets, or something else.
Amid the stratospheric level of hype over 5G, network operators and regulators are jostling over exactly how they will portion out radio spectrum for the technology, and how much it will cost and who's going to pay for it. Wireless carriers are slowly upgrading networks in select cities with 5G capabilities, meaning only a subset of customers will be able to actually use what's being positioned as life-changing connectivity.
That's vital since the focus has to be on how you benefit from 5G and multi-gigabit, not just how technologically impressive it is.
It's official: the latest and greatest mobile platform from Qualcomm to lust after is the Snapdragon 855. Along with Apple's history of being a fast-follower on new telecommunications technologies - to wait until early kinks get rectified - Bloomberg speculated that Apple's delay may also be tied to its feud with Qualcomm and shift to use Intel chips. "Virtually everything is becoming connected and intelligent".
Qualcomm plans to unveil more details about the Snapdragon 855 at its Tech Summit conference, which is ongoing this week.
Perhaps one of the most exciting moments of the day came when Alex Katouzian, SVP and GM of Mobile for Qualcomm Technologies, teased the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform. Let us know any questions you have on the SD855 below and we'll put them to the Qualcomm team!