Android phones with Snapdragon 855 will get 5G in 2019

Every year sees a release of a new iteration of Snapdragon, Qualcomm’s smartphone platform. The Snapdragon Technology Summit for 2018 which took place in Maui, Hawaii focused on connectivity and AI than it has witnessed in the past.

The recent addition to the Snapdragon family is the Snapdragon 855. It is Qualcomm’s first 7nm SoC and features an integrated 4G LTE Snapdragon X24 modem. It is also the company’s first platform with the ability to support multi-gigabit 5G.

The features embedded in Snapdragon 855 will make it one of the fastest cellular device.

The figures from Qualcomm aren’t peak performance, but for sustained performance, and that is evident in its insertion of additional intelligence into Hexagon 690 and Spectra 380. The Hexagon 690, for example, was redesigned from scratch to include new Tensor cores and improved scalar and vector cores.

Qualcomm also added fixed accelerated CV capabilities into the Spectra 380 ISP making it the first CV-ISP.

In the end, Qualcomm and their partners did not pre-announce any devices at the Snapdragon Tech Summit. Although OnePlus did announce that they will be the first vendor to use the Snapdragon 855 chip in their devices. If the launching of 5G networks does not come until OnePlus launches their device, it may be possible to have two sets of OnePlus 7. One with the base Snapdragon 855 and the other with 5G capability.