Verizon will launch a 5G Samsung phone in 2019

Snapdragon Summit has been named the 5G Wave for the new mobile platform

Verizon did not reveal any details about the Samsung 5G phone that consumers will be able to buy in the first half of 2019, but it must be a flagship device, considering what it shared about the proof of concept handset. AT&T, BT, EE, T-Mobile, Orange, LG, Google, HTC, Netgear, Samsung, Sony, Verizon, and many other partners are on-board to provide 5G connectivity with Qualcomm.

The time has come for a new generation of Snapdragon SoCs for mobile devices, and Qualcomm used its Snapdragon Technology Summit to announce its latest flagship chip.

The carrier, which is set to merge with T-Mobile in 2019, stated that it's now "one of Samsung's biggest customers" and that it's definitely "working with them". The hotspot is powered with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem.

5G can offer data speeds up to 50 or 100 times faster than current 4G networks.

In terms of connectivity, Qualcomm claims that this will be the first mobile platform to support gigabit speeds across 5G, LTE and WiFi. Qualcomm is heavily invested in 5G, and it needs excitement around the standard to build if it's going to sell its pricey new modems to manufacturers. Make no mistake, the internal platform name of "sm8150" had been accurate all along, but the company chose to continue their existing branding scheme for the next mobile platform's marketing name-not unlike older Qualcomm flagship mobile platforms like the msm8996 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 820) or msm8974 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800). The Snapdragon 855 is expected to arrive in numerous major flagships in 2019, just as the 845 did this year. We're out at the Summit as guests of Qualcomm, and will be bringing you all the news this week.

The 855 is the world's first 5G-ready chipset in any practical sense, as it will be the first to appear in 5G phones you can actually buy for use on 5G networks that actually exist.

Samsung is looking to get a first-mover advantage in 5G smartphones, with rival Apple reportedly planning to sit out of the game until 2020. Compared to the Snapdragon 845, the Snapdragon 855 comes with the new multi-core AI engine that is will be offering up to 3x better AI performance.

Devices with Snapdragon 855 should also see a significant improvement in computational photography thanks to the new Spectra 380 image signal processor (ISP), which will include computer vision capabilities.

In addition to its announcement of the Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm today introduced the 3D Sonic Sensor.

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