Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Launches With 45% Performance Boost, 20% Faster Graphics

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Launches With 45% Performance Boost, 20% Faster Graphics

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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 United States carriers for both Sub-6 and mmWave networks. Justin Denison, Samsung's SVP of product marketing and strategy, confirmed yesterday that the company's 5G phone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.

As if the group pile-on with Samsung for an integrated 5G phone wasn't apparent enough with AT&T and Verizon making their announcements, Sprint, which had earlier staked its first 5G phone with LG, is also joining in. 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.

So far, AT&T's 5G rollout will only include 12 cities in the U.S. by the end of 2018: Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Waco, Jacksonville, Louisville, New Orleans, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Indianapolis, and Oklahoma City.

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Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 855 Processor for 5G Phones

And let's talk about connectivity: the Snapdragon 855 comes with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G model, introducing 5G support for both Sub-6 GHz and mmWave frequency bands. From limited frequencies they could use to the fact that they just wanted to show that it's working and that there's a lot of tinkering and optimization required, there's plenty of hurdles that stopped the organizers from showing us the true potential of 5G. This NPU should triple the performance of devices equipped with Snapdragon 855 during these specific tasks compared to the previous generation.

BYOD, wearables, IoT, mobile security, remote support, and the latest phones, tablets, and apps IT pros need to know about are some of the topics we'll address. Apple has had a rough relationship with Qualcomm lately, so it looks like the company now depends on Intel's own roadmap to deliver new advances in wireless technology to its customers.

Offering 5G could give Samsung, OnePlus and other Android vendors an edge over Apple. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection today.

5G is the evolution of 4G LTE, and promises faster and more reliable speeds. The name and initial details were unveiled during the company's annual "Tech Summit" in Hawaii, where it's taking a full week to unveil its upcoming plans for mobile computing and networks.

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