Verizon, Samsung promise 5G smartphone for next year

Verizon, Samsung promise 5G smartphone for next year

Apple's delay makes it easier for Samsung and Verizon to win customers who are eager to connect to 5G networks, which will provide a leap forward in mobile data speeds when they are introduced in 2019.

Samsung and Verizon announced they will release a 5G smartphone sometime in the first half of next year.

The new SoC will also expand the imaging features through a new computational vision engine that can enhance images and videos captured in low-light environments.

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Key will be a new, 4th generation multi-core AI Engine, drawing together the Adreno, Kryo, and Hexagon components of the SoC. Qualcomm says it'll deliver up to three times the performance compared to its predecessor in the Snapdragon 845, now found in phones like the Pixel 3 XL and Galaxy Note 9, by intelligently choosing which core to task each time. For example, with the Samsung Galaxy S9 range, the company only used the Qualcomm chipset in the U.S. version and some other variants of the device.

Besides the concept foldable phone, Samsung showcased the several design patterns of company's proprietary Infinity Display at the recently concluded Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) 2018 in California.

Meanwhile, Samsung's chief competitor Apple is purportedly in no rush to incorporate 5G network speeds to its best-selling iPhone line-up.

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Verizon partnered with Samsung to launched its first commercial 5G service in October in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento.

A full list of Snapdragon 855 specs will be announced today at Qualcomm's reveal event. The phone will feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules, along with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.

"These key milestone tests with Qualcomm Technologies show the flexibility and capabilities of our AirScale radio access technology to deliver on the promise of commercial 5G", said Tommi Uitto, new President of Mobile Networks at Nokia. But it's also likely that the next Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm will power the remaining Galaxy S10 models. It can go 10 to 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection today, and even quicker than anything you can get with a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house. Mobile games are getting more demanding, so we'd expect this feature to help support the kind of graphically intense offerings that app makers are churning out with minimal lag. The company didn't expound upon this other than to say that it will bring "next level gaming" to a new generation of smartphones. This will add PCB space in mobile devices that previously only used internal modems, reducing volume for other components (such as battery).

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Qualcomm briefly teased the Snapdragon 855 a few months ago, with a proper announcement set for later this week during Qualcomm's annual Snapdragon Tech Summit. On the table are all the 5G questions, as well as questions on Qualcomm's widespread portfolio related to everything mobile. Let us know by dropping a comment below.

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