According to Qualcomm's President Cristiano Amon, by this time next year, the industry will be able to witness a flagship 5G-compatible smartphone from every Android smartphone maker across all USA carriers. 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. However, in a saturated mobile market, it is up to device makers and carriers alike to properly present attractive use cases - alongside an appealing price point - if they want to create interest in 5G during its initial stages where availability of 5G networks are limited.
As the Snapdragon 855 will be manufactured on a 7nm process node, just like Apple's A12 Bionic and Huawei's Kirin 980, the chip will benefit from significant improvements in performance and energy efficiency.
In Europe, EE intends to launch 5G networks in major United Kingdom cities including London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester, and Leeds through 2019.
While Qualcomm will offer the 855 with and without 5G (as it confirmed was the plan with its 5G X50 modem earlier this year), there's no doubt that for consumers, OEMs, and operators alike, next-gen network technologies are the main draw here.
And as you'd expect, this 64-bit Arm-compatible system-on-chip is heavy on the 5G and AI hype. "Every Android vendor is working on 5G right now", he said.
The Cupertino giant is delaying its adoption of the next-generation network technology to avoid problems, like spotty coverage, that could arise during the initial phase of deployment of 5G networks.
In the event, Qualcomm said that the latest chipset will bring "up to three times the AI performance compared to the previous generation mobile platform". When fully implemented, it will offer capacity and download speeds much faster than a 4G LTE network. Its name is the Snapdragon 855, although internally it has been known by the initials SDM8150. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is official, and it's coming to mobile devices soon. Apple plans to wait until at least 2020 before releasing an iPhone capable of 5G connectivity, Bloomberg reported Monday.
Qualcomm Technologies at its third annual Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui, Hawaii announced the Snapdragon 855, the chipset that Qualcomm says is most advanced of all times and will make the impossible, inevitable.