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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip unveiled, to power future 5G smartphones

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 5G modem will help increase mobile data speeds up to 50 or 100 times faster than current 4G networks.

By: REUTERS
| Updated on: Aug 20 2022, 12:10 IST
Qualcomm brings 5G to smartphones
Qualcomm brings 5G to smartphones (Qualcomm)

Chip supplier Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday unveiled a new generation of mobile phone processor chips that will power 5G smartphones in the United States as soon as next year.

The key feature of the Snapdragon 855 chip, launched at an event in Hawaii, is a so-called modem for phones to connect to 5G wireless data networks with mobile data speeds of up to 50 or 100 times faster than current 4G networks.

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Qualcomm, the largest supplier of mobile phone chips, said Snapdragon 855 would power Samsung 5G smartphones that Verizon Communications Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday would be released in the United States in the first half of 2019.

The modem would also enable "computer vision" to help phones recognise objects and faces, and support a new Qualcomm fingerprint sensor that can read a user's fingerprint through the glass screen of a smartphone.

The Samsung phone would be a major challenge for Apple Inc, its biggest rival in the premium handset market in the United States as the iPhone maker is locked in a legal battle with Qualcomm. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported on Monday that Apple would wait until at least 2020 to release its first 5G iPhones. 

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First Published Date: 05 Dec, 09:32 IST
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