Verizon did not reveal any details about the Samsung 5G phone that consumers will be able to buy in the first half of 2019, but it must be a flagship device, considering what it shared about the proof of concept handset. Fast-forward to Monday, and now Verizon is announcing a partnership with Samsung for a 5G phone.
The carrier, which is set to merge with T-Mobile in 2019, stated that it's now "one of Samsung's biggest customers" and that it's definitely "working with them". The next generation of cellular technology, 4G LTE's successor, is expected to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks.
We also know that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is based on the 7nm manufacturing process. They'll not only be smarter and more responsive but will tap into the super-fast 5G network, shoot better photos and recognize images, and let us securely unlock our phones using in-screen fingerprint readers.
So far, AT&T has installed mobile 5G network equipment in areas in the 12 markets where it plans to make 5G available in 2018: Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas; Houston; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Florida; Louisville, Kentucky; Oklahoma City; New Orleans; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Antonio and Waco, Texas. The name and initial details were unveiled during the company's annual "Tech Summit" in Hawaii, where it's taking a full week to unveil its upcoming plans for mobile computing and networks. Although Intel promised to ship its own 5G modem in 2019, Apple is expected to launch devices with 5G modems only in 2020.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips now power over a billion phones ranging from entry-level devices to flagship models, which is undoubtedly what the Snapdragon 855 is destined for in the first quarter of 2019. The new chipset will be called Snapdragon 855, and it will bring some key upgrades. For starters, artificial intelligence (AI) will play a big role with the Snapdragon 855, with its fourth-generation multi-core AI providing a 3x uplift in performance compared to the Snapdragon 845.
We'll be bringing you more from Maui as we get it, but don't expect this to be the only announcement - Qualcomm may have a trick or two up its sleeve yet.
Qualcomm has also introduced a new ultrasonic sensor for under-display fingerprint sensors.