So, despite a fair amount of skepticism that 5G would ever arrive at all, it has, and it's all but certainly going to be part of most major smartphones launched in the United States within the next year or two.
The new mobile platform comes with a new HEVC and VP9 codec decoder that is seven times more efficient, and Qualcomm claims this means you won't need to look for the charging cable while watching movies on Snapdragon 855-powered devices in the future.
Qualcomm is betting big that 5G will jump start the saturated smartphone market. To take advantage of this, however, devices must be able to support 5G connectivity. Per AT&T, "AT&T today announced plans to grow its mobile 5G device lineup with a 5G smartphone from Samsung in the first half of 2019". It's a 7nm chip with significant performance and efficiency gains, in addition, to support for "multi-gigabit" speeds on 5G networks.
Kevin Petersen, senior vice president, wireless product marketing at AT&T, added that AT&T expects the enterprise to become the first adopters of 5G, with use cases and interest by typical consumers to follow. San Diego's Inseego, formerly Novatel Wireless, said a new 5G mobile hotspot using Qualcomm's technology that is expected to be launched on Verizon's network next year. Qualcomm employees from nearly every division - Engineering, R&D, Standards, Hardware - contributed to developing the technologies that make 5G possible.
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Highlighting some of the key factors of the Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm said that the Snapdragon 845 successor will push the capabilities of AI (artificial intelligence) with 4th generation AI experience.
Service providers are working on 5G rollouts across the US. At this point, Qualcomm has only said this new chipset will offer "up to three times the AI performance compared to the previous generation mobile platform". Verizon's 5G network now exists in only a small handful of cities. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC is focused on Gaming, Artificial Intelligence, and photography. Along with Apple's history of being a fast-follower on new telecommunications technologies - to wait until early kinks get rectified - Bloomberg speculated that Apple's delay may also be tied to its feud with Qualcomm and shift to use Intel chips.
Verizon conducted the 5G demonstration on its network using a Samsung prototype device with Qualcomm's X50 modem at Maui hotel where the San Diego cellular technology giant is holding its annual Snapdragon Technology Summit this week.