Sprint on its 5G plans: You 'better believe' we're working with Samsung

Posted December 05, 2018

A separate report from the Wall Street Journal indicated that Samsung hopes to reinvigorate interest in its Galaxy smartphone lineup with a major upgrade and design overhaul that will bring 5G network capabilities and as many as six cameras to the planned Galaxy S10 smartphone. But it certainly looks consumer-ready: a big, but not thick black slab, about the size and shape of a Galaxy Note 9, with dual cameras on the back and, yes, a real headphone jack. But some of the chip's specifications were posted online before Qualcomm's announcement, spoiling the surprise.

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855 processor in Maui this morning as part of its annual tech summit event. Its name is the Snapdragon 855, although internally it has been known by the initials SDM8150.

Per WinFuture, it was TechCrunch that has mistakenly published some information about the Snapdragon 855 ahead of time. However, it seems like this modem may not be integrated into the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform.

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It's not yet clear if this is sufficient to beat Google, Huawei, and Apple's latest ML accelerators, as Qualcomm's Hexagon processor used to be quite behind in terms of ML performance not too long ago.

The chipset comes with a single "Gold" core with a clock speed of 2.84 GHz, and three high-end cores with a clock speed of 2.42 GHz.

While its predecessor was mass-produced by Samsung previous year, things will change for the Snapdragon 855.

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The new and fast Adreno 640 graphics will be optimized with a feature called "Snapdragon Elite Gaming", and fresh computational photography algorithms are added for system-level processing of the hottest trend in mobile picture-taking. Without 5G, the 855 is just another process shrink (rumors peg this as Qualcomm's first 7nm chipset), which is no small achievement (PUN!), but not much of a compelling marketing story.

As for other aspects of the phone's design, the Galaxy S10 Plus appears to have the power and volume buttons on the right, while the left side will have the dedicated Bixby button.

Slated for release sometime in the spring of 2019, this mystery phone will be the second 5G-capable device on AT&T's network, alongside the mmWave Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot, which should be coming out later this month.

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