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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 ushers 5G for 2019


By TechNews Staff

Officially unveiled at the Snapdragon Tech Summit earlier today, Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 855. The new chipset is set to pave way for 5G in 2019.

Qualcomm says the 855 supports up to 2Gbps speeds on LTE. It will have 20 percent more graphics performance than the previous chipset and will have an improved 45 percent CPU performance. The biggest leap in performance, so far. The previous Snapdragon 845 only had about 20-25 percent improvement over the 835.

The 855 has a strong emphasis on camera improvements, AI, and gaming, to name a few.

With smartphones today having a strong emphasis on cameras, the Snapdragon 855 is designed to process images and photos faster. Phone makers will be able to integrated 4K HDR recording with depth sensing and phone will still be able to deliver a steady 60 frames per second. Or so as Qualcomm says.

Also according to Qualcomm, the 855 features Computer Vision ISP (CV-ISP), which supports object recognition, segmentation, and replacement, allowing users to swap out backgrounds and objects in real-time.

Qualcomm also announced that they’re working with Google to further develop TensorFlow. It is an open-source software library with machine learning applications. This leads the 855 fully supporting object recognition for faster AR experience through Google Lens. Basically it means AR should have zero lag or any delays.

Other AI specific improvements include isolating someone’s voice through phone conversations. This means you’ll be able to talk to someone even if they’re outside, all the noise: Blaring horns and motorcycles speeding with roaring exhausts will be blocked out during phone conversations.

Next year will see to the release of mobile games from triple A game developers such as Blizzard and Bethesda Studios, known for games like StarCraft and The Elder Scrolls are prepping to release mobile versions of their best titles, specifically The Elder Scrolls: Blades and Diablo Immortal. This shows the path where mobile gaming is headed. In preparation for this, Qualcomm also announced the Snapdragon Elite Gaming Platform. 10-bit HDR will be supported and developers will get more performance from a phone using the 855 chipset.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 will most likely be placed in flagship devices. Thus far, the only confirmed phone maker that will use the 855 is OnePlus.


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