The first smartphone with the Snapdragon 855 and a 5G modem should be from Samsung and will be released in the first half of 2019. And now, speaking at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Summit, Sprint has revealed that it's also working with Samsung.
The carrier, which is set to merge with T-Mobile in 2019, stated that it's now "one of Samsung's biggest customers" and that it's definitely "working with them".
The highlight of this year's event has been 5G, and the Snapdragon 855 SoC will be compatible with the new network band, bringing blazing fast broadband connectivity to smartphones.
5G represents a significant jump from 4G, offering higher mobile internet speeds and more bandwidth.
Alex Katouzian, senior vice-president and general manager of mobile at Qualcomm, announced the new platform alongside the company's new Snapdragon 855 chipset. Qualcomm also announced support for 5G in multiple countries coming next year. It's promising to run through the specifics of the mobile platform tomorrow, on the second day of its Snapdragon Summit 2018. Qualcomm is heavily invested in 5G, and it needs excitement around the standard to build if it's going to sell its pricey new modems to manufacturers.
Consumer-ready 5G networks have yet to be deployed in earnest in the USA, 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.
Also included inside the reference 5G phone is Qualcomm's own RF antenna, QTM052, created to help eliminate interference and signal issues common in phones when something as simple as holding the device occurs. While the company didn't spill a ton of details on the Snapdragon 855 today, it did say that the chipset offers three times better performance than the Snapdragon 845. Alongside the 5G-capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, the company will also unveil the enhanced ultrasonic fingerprint solution. There's a computer vision ISP (image signal processor) for better photography in there, too, as well as a fourth generation AI engine. While the market has already several smartphones with in-display fingerprint sensors, the company brings in the new 3D Sonic Sensors.
Obviously do not take this information for definitive, in a few hours we will surely know more!