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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor now official

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Qualcomm has finally introduced their latest and most powerful mobile chipset, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.

The previous leak didn’t get the name quite right. Instead of the rumored Snapdragon 8150 branding, what we actually got is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, which is more in line with the series’ naming style. Still, some if the previously known features were true.

Much like the new Kirin 980 and the A12 Bionic, the Snapdragon 855 is built under a 7nm process. This should make the new chipset more battery efficient, while still deliver faster performance over its predecessor.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is built on 8x Kyro 485 cores that can reach a maximum clock speed of 2.8GHz. To handle the graphics, the chipset will come with the new Adreno 640 GPU.

Qualcomm also added a new vision processor, which can handle depth mapping at 60fps that can be essential for augmented reality. This new dedicated processor will also allow devices to record 4K HDR videos at 60fps with 25% less power consumption.

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The year 2019 is expected to be the year of 5G. However, Qualcomm isn’t embedding their X50 modem on the Snapdragon 855. Instead, it will have an X24 LTE modem preinstalled.

The X50 modem will be an optional inclusion to this new chipset, which will provide OEMs more flexibility in deciding whether or not to include 5G capability on their smartphones for pricing reasons.

Of course, the new processor will come with upgraded AI processing power. As per Qualcomm, their 4th-gen AI engine is a great companion for camera applications, voice, gaming, and XR.

With that, we expect the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 to power most of the Android flagship smartphones that will be launching next year. And we expect the first batch of these devices to arrive in CES 2019 on January.

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