For now, it is not known if any companies have adopted Qualcomm's new sensor for their products.
The new Snapdragon 855 also comes with the Qualcomm's fourth-generation, multi-core AI Engine, with the company claiming with up to 3 times the AI performance compared to the previous version. That can be used for things like automatic scene selection, portrait mode, and "Night Sight" features can all benefit from on-device artificial intelligence.
In addition to the hardware support in Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm also discussed today worldwide carrier rollout plans for 5G technology in 2019, including commitments from all four major USA carriers for both Sub-6 and mmWave networks.
The new chipset also has a new Image Signal Processor (ISP), which Qualcomm is calling Computer Vision (CV) ISP to support "computational photography and video capture features". Though that's not a big deal for most people, it also means that companies can cram more battery into these smartphones, as these sensors are smaller under-display than on the back of the phone. T-Mobile is now in the process of deploying its own mobile 5G network, and there's every reason to believe Verizon and AT&T are quietly doing so as well at this point. For the carriers, 5G uses a much broader range of air waves than current systems, including unlicensed spectrum that they don't have to pay for. In October, Verizon launched 5G Home, the world's first commercial 5G network in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, CA, marking a major step toward bringing the technology into the mainstream, as previously reported by TechRepublic. Beyond that, though, are questions around coverage and use-case.
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Apple, for its part, is taking its time with 5G adoption.
Optical sensors work by shining light on the finger when it's pressed on the display.
"This is the future of fingerprint technology", Katouzian said. "Virtually everything is becoming connected and intelligent". The cost of a device together with a service plan can add up and become a high monthly expense, and despite smartphones becoming a daily necessity for many of us, 5G might appear as a luxury addition which is not required. Still, he's predicting a significant evolution ahead. 4G connectivity is a rarity and I doubt that despite the historical importance and tourist attraction my city has been for many years, that 5G will be deployed where I live anytime soon. "It has the potential to be one of the largest industry transitions we have in wireless".
We're expecting to see the new Snapdragon 855 chipset in a variety of top-end phones throughout 2019 and beyond, and we've had a think about the most likely up-and-coming devices that will likely include the cutting-edge chipset. It's promising to run through the specifics of the mobile platform tomorrow, on the second day of its Snapdragon Summit 2018.