Qualcomm declares the Snapdragon 855 and its new under-display fingerprint sensor

This week, Qualcomm is internet hosting press and analysts on Maui for its annual Snapdragon Summit. Sadly, we’re not there, however a few weeks in the past, Qualcomm gave us a preview of the information. There’ll be three days of stories and the corporate determined to begin with a deal with 5G, in addition to a preview of its new Snapdragon 855 cell platform. As well as, the corporate introduced its new ultrasonic fingerprint answer for sensors that may sit underneath the show.

It’ll in all probability nonetheless be some time earlier than there’ll be a 5G tower in your neighborhood, however after years of buzz, it’s honest to say that we’re now attending to the purpose the place 5G is changing into actual. Certainly, AT&T and Verizon are displaying off stay 5G networks on Maui this week. Qualcomm described its occasion because the “popping out get together for 5G,” although I’m positive we’ll hear from loads of different gamers who will declare the identical within the coming months.

Within the brief time period, what’s perhaps extra attention-grabbing is that Qualcomm additionally introduced its new flagship 855 cell platform as we speak. Whereas the corporate didn’t launch the entire particulars but, it confused that the 855 is “the world’s first industrial cell platform supporting multi-gigabit 5G.”

The 855 additionally contains a new multi-core AI engine that guarantees as much as 3x higher AI efficiency in comparison with its earlier cell platform, in addition to specialised laptop imaginative and prescient silicon for enhanced computational images (suppose one thing akin to Google’s Night time Mild) and video seize.

The corporate additionally briefly famous that the brand new platform has been optimized for gaming. The product title for that is “Snapdragon Elite Gaming,” however particulars stay sparse. Qualcomm additionally continues to guess on AR (or “prolonged actuality” as the corporate manufacturers it).

The final piece of stories is probably going essentially the most attention-grabbing right here. Fingerprint sensors at the moment are commonplace, even on mid-market telephones. With its new 3D Sonic Sensors, Qualcomm guarantees an enhanced ultrasonic fingerprint answer that may sit underneath the show. Partly, it is a rebranding of Qualcomm’s current under-display sensor, however there’s some new expertise right here, too. The promise right here is that the scanner will work, even when the show could be very soiled or if the person installs a display screen protector. Likelihood is, we’ll see fairly a couple of new flagship telephones within the subsequent few months (Cell World Congress is developing rapidly, in any case) that may function these new fingerprint scanners.