Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip to power 5G smartphones

Verizon and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd are slated to launch 5G models in the first half of 2019.

U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc has unveiled a next generation mobile phone processor that will power 5G smartphones in the United States in 2019.

The key feature of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip, which was launched at an event in Hawaii, is its modem for phones which enables it to connect to 5G wireless data networks; data speeds will go up by 50 to 100 times faster in comparison to current 4G networks.

Mobile carriers investing in 5G networks are eager to sell 5G phones along with data plans to recoup costs.

Qualcomm stated the Snapdragon 855 chip would power Samsung 5G smartphones that Verizon Communications Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd would launch in the States during the first half of 2019.

The Snapdragon 855 would also have “computer vision” which will enable smartphones by the chip to recognize objects and faces; it will also support a new Qualcomm fingerprint sensor that can read a user’s fingerprint through the glass screen.

As per a report from Bloomberg, Apple Inc is slated to release its first 5G iPhone sometime in 2020.

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