Qualcomm has finally introduced its latest and most powerful mobile chipset, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.
The previous leak had not given the name quite right. Instead of the supposed Snapdragon 8150 mark, what we got is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, which better fits the naming style of the series. Still, some if the previously known features were true.
Just like the new Kirin 980 and the A12 Bionic, the Snapdragon 855 is built according to a 7nm process. This should improve the battery efficiency of the new chipset, while ensuring faster performance than its predecessor.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is built on 8 Kyro 485 cores that can reach a maximum clock speed of 2.8 GHz. To manage the graphics, the chipset will come with the new Adreno 640 GPU.
Qualcomm has also added a new vision processor, capable of handling 60-ips depth mapping that can be essential for augmented reality. This new dedicated processor will also enable devices to record 4K HDR video at 60fps with 25% lower power consumption.
The year 2019 should be the year of the 5G. However, Qualcomm does not integrate its X50 modem with the Snapdragon 855. An X24 LTE modem will be pre-installed instead.
The X50 modem will be an option for this new chipset, which will give OEMs greater flexibility to decide whether or not to include 5G functionality on their smartphones for pricing reasons.
Of course, the new processor will have improved AI processing power. According to Qualcomm's criteria, their fourth-generation artificial intelligence engine is a great companion for camera, voice, game and XR device applications.
With that, we expect that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 will equip most of the flagship Android smartphones that will be launched next year. And we expect the first batch of these devices to arrive at CES 2019 in January.