Verizon, Samsung to launch 5G smartphone in first half of 2019

We have been hearing rumors about the new Qualcomm 855 processor, it is now official and the processor has been designed with 5G in mind.

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 two companies are set to unveil a proof of concept, powered by the upcoming flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules, at the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii, this week. Snapdragon 855 delivers highly intuitive on-device AI experiences - driven by our 4th-generation, multi-core Qualcomm® AI Engine, with up to 3 times the AI performance compared to the previous generation mobile platform.

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United States telecom carrier Verizon and Samsung have announced to jointly launch one of the first commercial 5G smartphones in the United States in the first half of 2019.

The new sensor tech, officially called the "Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor", provides appreciable benefits over the current optical scanner technology.

"Today marks a massive and exciting step forward underscoring how Qualcomm Technologies and ecosystem leaders are driving 5G commercialization, a journey that went from R&D, accelerated standardization and trials, the launch of innovative products and technologies, to the imminent launch of 5G networks and smartphones across the globe starting in early 2019", said Amon at yesterday's event. "Now, we are partnering to create a smartphone to put the power of 5G in the palm of your hand", he added. "5G will fuel collaboration, connectivity and productivity worldwide, and we're excited to be at the forefront working alongside partners like Qualcomm Technologies to make the transformation to 5G a reality".

  • Delia Davidson