The most anticipated Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is now official. At one of the official media event held at Hawaii, Qualcomm introduced Snapdragon 855 on December 4. Now that the Qualcomm latest processor is here, all eyes are towards the smartphones that come up with this processor. Though there is no official confirmation of the list of Snapdragon 855 phone, still all the rumors rolling around hint for some of the upcoming smartphones that may pack in Snapdragon 855. While it is presumed that OnePlus flagship will be first in the series to launch the latest Snapdragon processor phones, there are several other smartphones that even join our list. This most powerful chipset came in with substantial upgrades over the previous processor. It can now deliver 45% higher CPU performance, and 20% greater GPU performance. Additionally, it will come up with the 5G speeds. As the company claims the debut of Snapdragon 855 phones in the first half of 2019, let us have a quick review at some of the upcoming smartphones that might feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor along with the 5G support.
Following the trend of packing in the Qualcomm chipset to the flagship smartphone, even the upcoming OnePlus handset will feature the same. At the Snapdragon summit, OnePlus already confirmed the fact that it is planning to release 5G phones in 2019. This is possible with the integration of the Snapdragon 855 processor into the handset. It is trying to get the maximum out of this processor, thus making it as the best smartphone of 2019. Along with the latest Snapdragon processor, the manufacturers must choose X50 modem to make the device render 5G support. Since the 5G technology seems too expensive, it may give the mid-range series OnePlus 7 a bit higher price tag.
Though the company has not made it official, there are rumors all around about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 that is likely to feature the latest Qualcomm chipset. Its predecessor, Samsung Galaxy S9 came in with the upgraded processor in 2018. Accordingly, we even expect the upcoming Samsung flagship to pack in the latest processor thus ensuring to offer greater performance. However, it will be using this version only in the US and other countries might experience the benefits of the Exynos processor. The device is most likely to debut in early 2019. Apart from the new upgraded processor, it might get a larger display screen, pinhole camera so as to eliminate all the bezels, inbuilt fingerprint scanner, and around three to six cameras.
Here is a Xiaomi device that made it into the list of smartphones that are yet to launch with 5G support and snapdragon 855 processor. Considering the usual release schedule, it is possible that the Xiaomi smartphone can make its appearance in the second quarter of 2019. If it so, then it can become one of the few smartphones to use this chipset. As the Huawei P20 Pro, even the Xiaomi device may get the triple camera setup of 48MP, 13MP, and 16MP sensors. Along with the large display, Xiaomi Mi 9 is alleged to get an in-display fingerprint scanner.
There is nothing clear of what HTC is planning for 2019. However, considering the toughest competition in the smartphone sector, we expect the Chinese company to come in with the top-end technology at least for the next generation phone. We could hear something interesting from the company at the MWC event. If it so, then the HTC U12 Plus or the so-called HTC U13 will be the first from this company to get the Snapdragon 855 chipset. Apart from this, it will run on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system. If rumors are to be true, then we can see the next HTC device at some time in 2019.
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Almost all the pixel series smartphone come in with the Snapdragon processor. Though Google did not specify anything about the Google upcoming flagship smartphone, but it is quite certain for the device to get this higher end Qualcomm processor. Based on the release dates of the previous models, Google Pixel 4 is likely to make its appearance in October 2019. There is little information about this Google flagship. However, it is presumed to make even better camera technology than the Google pixel 3. Moreover, the AI capability of the Snapdragon 855 processor will definitely enhance the overall image and video capabilities.
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The next flagship smartphone that joins our list of upcoming Snapdragon 855 phones is Sony Xperia XZ4. After facing a couple of losses, Sony is now all set to introduce the latest technology so as to make it powerful enough. It seems like the company is planning to unveil this flagship at MWC 2019. From all those rumors, it is claimed that this will be the first Sony handset to get three rear cameras. Given that its rivals Huawei P20 Pro is featuring the same, there is no doubt that Sony will try to achieve the same. If rumors are to be believed, then this may land up alongside the Sony Xperia XZ4 compact. Overall, it is presumed to get an in-display fingerprint scanner, better camera, smaller bezels, and a bigger battery.
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Even LG is in the lineup to get the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. Though the early rumors suggest it not to be available now, it is worth enough to wait for the LG G8 ThinQ. Few sources claim the upcoming LG smartphones to use sound-emitting displays, and they are likely to debut in 2019. However, it is a bit disappointing that the phone will still stick on to the LCD display as in the LG G7 ThinQ. Apart from this, we expect the LG smartphone to come up with some innovative features that make it stand away from the crowd. As we have seen the 2018 smartphones with the notch trend, we expect the upcoming smartphone to come up with no notch design and implement any other technology so as to reduce bezels around.
Apart from the above-specified upcoming Snapdragon 855 phones, we have many other smartphone manufacturers that are in plans to come up with the upgraded processor. Even the ZTE is back into the business and is trying to introduce ZTE Axon 10 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. And the list goes on. We will try to keep you updated about these Snapdragon phones as soon as they are announced.