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Qualcomm is making a big push with 5G devices.

Qualcomm is now hosting its Snapdragon Summit, so expect more details on the Snapdragon 855 to be revealed in the coming days. That feature supports the expansive, edge-to-edge screens phone makers have favored the last couple of years: not having to leave space for a visible fingerprint sensor on the front of the phone frees up more space for the display. For example, Verizon announced yesterday that Samsung will release a 5G smartphone in the first half of 2019.

Right now, details on the chip are still pretty light.

We'll have all of the finer details tomorrow following Day 2 of the Snapdragon Tech Summit.

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

Every OnePlus phone so far has featured a Qualcomm chipset, so there's no reason to believe the company won't follow suit in its next flagship device. The platform will also be 5G ready thanks to being compatible with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 modem. 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.

The Snapdragon 855 mobile platform also gains a new Hexagon 690 processor with twice as many vector cores as the previous Hexagon 685 processor found in the Snapdragon 845, as well as a redesigned Hexagon Tensor Accelerator that helps the new Snapdragon 855 chip achieve 3x machine learning performance over the Snapdragon 855.

Samsung should be one of the first companies to come out with a 5G-ready phone. The next generation of cellular technology, 4G LTE's successor, is expected to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. The U.S.is only slightly behind South Korea in enabling 5G for consumers, as TechRadar reports that three South Korean operators launched their 5G networks for enterprise consumers in parts of major cities.

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Exactly when LG will announce its next flagship phone is a little up in the air, but we may see it at Mobile World Congress and it's likely to feature the Snapdragon 855.

In other words, the digital assistant on your phone will be smarter and faster than before.

Google aren't at the Snapdragon Summit specifically, but the company has embraced Qualcomm's processing tech for the entire Pixel series so far.

Devices with Snapdragon 855 should also see a significant improvement in computational photography thanks to the new Spectra 380 image signal processor (ISP), which will include computer vision capabilities.

Earlier this year, Qualcomm announced the world's first 5G modem, the X50, which is supposed to increase download speeds by up to 20x over what most mobile users now experience.

Are you a techie who knows how to write? "Now the 855 ISP has sight".

Qualcomm has also introduced a new ultrasonic sensor for under-display fingerprint sensors. With 3D ultrasonic technology, the device will read fingerprints through sound waves, mapping the peaks and valleys on a fingerprint to authenticate the user.

Originally published December 4, 12:44 p.m. PT Updated, 1:31 p.m. PT: Adds additional details and executive comments.


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