The smartphone spec wars are about to get even more real with Qualcomm’s latest chipset, the Snapdragon 855.
What we’ve heard are a lot of promises, and those tend to sound really good.
But what we haven’t seen a lot of in the press are actual smartphones that will use the new Qualcomm chipset, except for possibly the OnePlus 7.
Powering everything from 5G to the next-gen of smartphone capabilities, the Snapdragon 855 is not small leap, to be sure. For most consumers, however, the proof is in the pudding and they’d like to know who is using it and what’s it promises to do.
In this article, we’ve collected all of the latest rumors and reports about what upcoming headsets will make use of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset.
If you’re like us and love to have your tech on the bleeding edge, this should help give you a heads up on where you can find the latest Snapdragon 855-equipped smartphone.
Aside from 5G and better photo and video capturing capabilities, the Snapdragon 855 will also put out blazing fast speeds for apps and even advanced things like facial recognition and fingerprint recognition software.
We’re pretty sure it is going to be the chipset underpinning most of the flagship Android models coming out, including those from Samsung and OnePlus.
Apple, for its part, uses a proprietary chip called the A12 Bionic chips with which the Snapdragon 855 will compete.
Using Apple’s flagship chipset as a standard, we can expect that the Snapdragon 855 will mirror or best many of the A12 Bionic’s capabilities.
Powering it all is the Kryo 485 CPU, the 855 has at least 45% faster speeds than its predecessor the 845. According to TechRadar, Qualcomm calls this performance their greatest leap over a predecessor chipset. Because of improvements in antennas, the 855 could allow for “2Gbps LTE and, with 60GHz Wi-Fi (and world’s first), speeds up to 10Gbps” according to TechRadar.
Perhaps one of the biggest improvements that are of interest to most smartphone fanatics is that the 855 will allow for even better photos than ever before. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 will allow for computer vision image signal processor (CV-ISP), a world first, which is basically dedicated to improved photos and videos.
The 855 will also have 4K HDR with depth sensing at up to 60 frames per second. The 855 will also probably help phones equipped with the chipset move away from the JPEG format and to the High Efficiency Image File or HEIF file format.
In terms of what makers will probably make use of the chip, we naturally expect Samsung but we also wouldn’t be shocked to see the Sony Xperia XZ4 or LG G8 use it. There’s also the possibility that the next Moto Z4 or something from HTC could also use it. As noted above, OnePlus has said that it will be used in the OnePlus 7 but that is the only confirmed headset coming with the Snapdragon 855 chipset so far.
The smartphone spec wars are about to get even more real with Qualcomm’s latest chipset, the Snapdragon 855. What we’ve heard are a lot of promises, and those tend to sound really good. But what...