Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855 processor in Maui this morning as part of its annual tech summit event. Qualcomm's new sensor uses ultrasonic technology to solve these problems and make the whole unlocking process more secure.
The new mobile platform comes with a new HEVC and VP9 codec decoder that is seven times more efficient, and Qualcomm claims this means you won't need to look for the charging cable while watching movies on Snapdragon 855-powered devices in the future. According to a Bloomberg report released on Monday, Apple will probably release its 5G enabled smartphones only in 2020. The 3D Sonic Super will basically capture a full 3D image of the users fingertips instead of a simple 2D image. As of now, there's no announcement on whether or not 5G phones will enter India any time soon. T-Mobile is now in the process of deploying its own mobile 5G network, and there's every reason to believe Verizon and AT&T are quietly doing so as well at this point.
We're not totally sure why, we can only think there was a possible overheating issue due to the intensive work being done by streaming 4K over the 5G modem (remember this isn't a final device).
While 5G offers fast speeds, it has limitations: the signals can't travel very far nor penetrate walls and fog, so you'll have to dot loads of base stations everywhere, inside buildings and piggybacking on 4G towers outside.
In February 2018, 18 manufacturers announced plans to release 5G mobile phones in 2019, so there will be plenty of options for consumers to choose from by the end of the year. This first generation of in-display fingerprint readers have the so-called optical scanners that use light from the display itself to basically take a picture of your thumb and compare it to the ones stored when you were setting up your fingerprint.
Qualcomm is playing most of the Snapdragon 855 details relatively close to its chest, at least for today.
Apart from 5G connectivity, Qualcomm also announced its "3D Sonic Sensor", a fingerprint scanner for smartphones that will lay underneath the screen completely hidden from sight. The Snapdragon 855 is the first chipset from Qualcomm with a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU), which will help in AI computations. Its full working is now not out, but we will let you know how it works in the future.