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Qualcomm Unveil Rival Huawei 5G Chipset

Qualcomm has announced their new flagship 5G processor, dubbed Snapdragon 855, at the Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii, a direct rival to Huawei’s Balong 5G01 chip revealed at MWC 2018.

With 5G devices set to hit the market in 2019, this reveal was expected, especially as the predecessor, the Snapdragon 845, was released at the conference last year.

The new 855 chip isn’t just the next chip, it’s likely the one that will appear in the first slew of 5G phones in the US, except Apple’s version projected for 2020, with Huawei expected to make a big splash with their Balong 5G01 chipset.

Qualcomm has stated that this new chip will support “multi-gigabit” download speeds on 5G networks.

According to reports, Snapdragon 855 is expected to offer improved gaming and AR experiences, offering “up to three times the AI performance compared to the previous generation mobile platform.”

“It will recognize who and what you’re capturing,” says Qualcomm Snapdragon boss Alex Katouzian regarding a new dedicated computer vision processor.

Qualcomm previously confirmed the next Snapdragon iteration would be on a 7nm manufacturing process, reduced from the 10nm of Snapdragon 845 and 835, indicating improvements in efficiency and performance.

Expect the Snapdragon 855 in Android 5G handsets in 2019.

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