First 5G Samsung phone could be Galaxy S10 powered by Snapdragon 855, will launch in first half of 2019
Qualcomm has finally announced the next generation Snapdragon processor for the 2019 flagships. The Snapdragon 855. Qualcomm is hosting a three days long third annual Snapdragon Tech summit in Maui, Hawaii. Today was the first day of the tech summit and at the event Qualcomm President, Cristiano R. Amon finally took the wraps off the much awaited Snapdragon 855 chipset. The biggest highlight of the new chipset is that it comes with 5G support. At the Snapdragon summit, additionally, Samsung together with Verizon announced that they are going to launch the first commercial 5G phone running on Snapdragon 855 in the first half of 2019.
Neither Samsung, Qualcomm or Verizon announced the name of the first 5G phone coming next year. However, considering all the information that the companies have provided at today's Snapdragon event hints at the Galaxy S10. Past rumours had also revealed that Samsung could be working on a special 5G powered Galaxy S10 to bring in the first half of the year. Samsung is yet to confirm the launch of the S10 series of phones, but looks like the South Korean smartphone maker will follow the tradition and unveil the Galaxy S10 at Mobile World Congress 2019 in the month of February.
Samsung offers end-to-end solutions that are accelerating the wide scale adoption of 5G and help us realize our vision of truly connected living, said Justin Denison, senior vice president, Mobile Product Strategy and Marketing at Samsung Electronics America. We're proud to work alongside innovative partners like Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies to deliver a smartphone that will fundamentally transform how people work and play.
Denison further reveals that the upcoming 5G phone from Samsung will be powered by Snapdragon 855, which otherwise mean that there are high chances are the S10 will come packed ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor.
The newly announced Snapdragon 855 comes packed with the worlds first ultrasonic under the display fingerprint sensor solution called 3D Sonic Super. The 3D Sonic Super is designed with the ability to capture a full 3D image of the users fingertips instead of a simple 2D image. The 3D Sonic Super, Qualcomm says, comes with the capability to read or scan wet or dirty fingers and let users unlock the phone in a blink of an eye which isn't the case right now.
In addition to Samsung, Qualcomm has announced to be working with several other OEMs including ASUS, Google, Samsung, HMD Global, OnePlus, Motorola, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, among other brands. Qualcomm has also announced that the 5G network will be a reality across several regions including North America, Europe, China, Japan, Australia, South East Asia and South Korea. As of now, there's no announcement of 5G coming to India anytime soon, this possibly also mean that Samsung could be working on a model dedicated specially to India.
Disclaimer: The reporter's travel and stay for this event in Maui, Hawaii have been arranged by Qualcomm