Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: Everything You Need To Know

December 7, 2018

With the promise to open new doors for the 5G decade, Qualcomm is back again with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. This flagship chipset is coming up with a mix of advanced artificial intelligence, mixed reality technology, 5G support, greater performance, and increased battery life. This Qualcomm biggest announcement was made on December 5 and is likely to give a tough competition to Apple A12 Bionic chip and Huawei Kirin 980 chipset. At the event, the company also unveiled some of the high-level features of this new processor. Here, we will discuss further the enhancements given to the processor so as to render greater overall performance. Qualcomm has tried hard to improvise in every aspect when compared to the last year Snapdragon 845. And now, it is all set to power the high-end smartphones in the near future.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Release date and Availability

After a long waiting, Qualcomm has finally made the Snapdragon 855 official. This is most likely to be used in the 2019 flagship smartphones. When compared to the current SD845, this seems to have a substantial upgrade as it is built on a 7nm process. As for now, Qualcomm is sampling the new SD855 with OEMs. While it is already presumed that the OnePlus will be the first smartphone manufacturer to make use of this new chipset.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Hardware and Performance

Until now, the Snapdragon 845 was claimed to be the best Snapdragon processor around in the smartphone industry. Now, the company has come up with an upgrade Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. It is built on a small yet efficient 7nm process which means to have less resistance and high power efficiency. In turn, it results in greater battery life and increased performance. Though Qualcomm did not specify particular numbers, however, it is presumed that the new chipset can render 3 times higher performance than its predecessor. Moreover, it is claimed to feature twice AI performance thus making it the best Snapdragon processor for 2019. Additionally, the new Kryo 485 CPU features a 64-bit architecture that can help to render greater performance over the Snapdragon 845. The new chipset even seems to be an amazing choice even for gaming enthusiasts. To enhance the gaming performance, the company launched the Snapdragon Elite gaming platform that renders its support for over billions of colors, filmic tone mapping, Vulkan 1.1 graphics library support and more. This is something unusual in the smartphones before. However, this could definitely bring in a lot of difference in the mobile gaming sector. Even the camera sector has gone through huge enhancements with the new chipset. These enhancements are better known to render high-quality images and video. The processor holds a new Spectra 380 ISP that is known to be more efficient for the computational photography. It can easily handle autoexposure, noise reduction, autofocus, color pipeline, video recording using HDR10 and more. Furthermore, the Snapdragon 855 comes in with the support of HEIF file format encoding which is known to reduce the file size by 50%. This is a new file format that can eventually replace JPEG files.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 AI and security

Artificial intelligence plays a prominent role in the smartphone market. Considering its importance, Qualcomm assures that the new processor is highly capable to handle machine learning, as well as any algorithmic processing tasks, are thrown. It further includes a 3D sonic sensor which is claimed to be the first under-display ultrasonic fingerprint solution in the market. It is quite good to have an AI engine processing support on the mobile device. As for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, it has integrated fourth-generation AI debuts which come in with a combination of Adreno GPU, Kryo 485 CPU along with the new Hexagon 690 processor. It makes it quite effective to render three times more AI performance than the Snapdragon 845. Additionally, there is even a support for the native voice assistant for the services like Google Assistant and other voice-based AI platforms. It comes in with a dedicated AI acceleration so as to support noise suppression and echo cancellation mechanism. This ensures that your Google Assistance can hear you clear across the room or even in the environment with a loud background noise.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 5G Connectivity

Talking about the broadband performance, when the first commercial for the 5G networks came up into the limelight, it was completely known that the upcoming Qualcomm processor will focus on the 5G network connectivity. And so is the Snapdragon 855 which is 5G capable. This means that it can be paired with the 5G modem. It does pack in a Qualcomm X24 4G LTE that is known to offer 2Gbps of the peak download speeds. It is even coupled with the X50 5G modem. Despite its prominent role in the smartphones, it is a completely optional component and depends on the OEMs decision to offer 5G support or not. It is true that the 5G snapdragon phones might not appear until next year. However, once carriers prefer to implement this technology, then users got to experience gigabit-class cellular browsing speeds. It also includes improved support for the WiFi connections that allows speeds up to 10Gbps. It is further known to reduce latency as well as increase power efficiency for up to 67%.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Powered Smartphones

Now, considering all the enhancements we will surely be waiting for the first smartphone featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Well! There is no official confirmation of any smartphone release in 2019 with this chipset. However, it is rumored that OnePlus has already taken the rights to release the first handset with the latest processor sometime in 2019. Alongside, Samsung also claimed that they will be bringing in the first 5G smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in the first half of 2019. We can presume it to be the alleged Samsung Galaxy S10 or Samsung Galaxy X. For those who have experienced the transition from 3G to 4G would definitely be eager to work on 5G smartphones as well. This time Qualcomm is trying to make the transition a bit smoother and at the same time making the device extremely power efficient. Irrespective of the manufacturer, Qualcomm will show its first consumer device in the first half of 2019. It is quite incredible to see the Qualcomm looking out for the continuous improvements with every release. Users can now once again enjoy these developments in the upcoming smartphones.

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