New Qualcomm chipset to be called Snapdragon 855 and manufactured by TSMC

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Earlier this week, the phone maker said it would release 5G phones with Verizon and AT&T, and during today's Snapdragon Tech Summit, Samsung senior vice president Justin Denison said a Snapdragon 855-powered Samsung phone would arrive in the first half of 2019. The Snapdragon 855's performance is three times better than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 845. To take advantage of this, however, devices must be able to support 5G connectivity.

Both AT&T and Verizon shared the stage with Qualcomm to discuss their plans for deployments.

Samsung is widely-tipped to introduce 5G to the top-of-the-line variant of its flagship Galaxy S smartphone range, which is scheduled to launch at Mobile World Congress in February 2019.

And while that will enable you to enjoy the faster network speeds that 5G promises, that will depend on 5G wireless networks coming online, something that will happen throughout 2019.

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There's no word on whether this new phone will be the Galaxy S10 with Samsung only revealing that the device will be released early in 2019.

Another feature the Snapdragon 855 can tap into is Qualcomm's 3D Sonic Sensor.

In terms of more traditional specs, the Snapdragon 855 is expected to be a 7nm, octa-core processor with Adreno 640 graphics and a Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem as well as a Snapdragon X24 LTE modem. No details about the chip have yet been revealed (other than it's faster and better than the last chip, which duh), but we expect that will change tomorrow, given the day's keynote will have the 855 as its focus. The Snapdragon 855 is the first chipset from Qualcomm with a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU), which will help in AI computations. It's also likely this chipset will be included in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 later in the year too. Its name is the Snapdragon 855, although internally it has been known by the initials SDM8150. The modem will be built into the Snapdragon 855 platform.

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We now don't expect to hear about the Google Pixel 4 until late in 2019, but it's nearly certain to feature this top-end chipset from Qualcomm.

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