• Thursday, May 23, 2019

Snapdragon 855 now official

Qualcomm has announced their new 7nm chipset, the Snapdragon 855. Codenamed 8150, while it was in testing, this chipset has broken record after record, and there's no doubt that this will be one of the more powerful chipsets put in 2019 smartphones. Let's start from the beginning.

Qualcomm has stated that the new chipset will be capable to deliver up to three times the AI performance compared to the predecessor. AI chip should also help with augmented reality implementation, which brings us to the second point. The Snapdragon 855 has a dedicated image processing unit that can process up to 60 fps. It also supports 4K 60fps HDR recordings, and for all this uses only aroud a quarter of the power previously needed.

Snapdragon  855 will not be 5G enabled per se. Qualcomm has decided to not implement their new 5G X24 LTE modem into every Snapdragon 855, and instead manufacturers will be able to decide whether they want their devices to be 5G enabled or not.

Many smartphones of 2019 are expected to use this chipset – most of Android ones excluding Huawei and partially Samsung.