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The first 5G phones in the world will launch in America - because it's now the only country on earth with any meaningful 5G deployment - and those 5G phones will use Qualcomm processors with Qualcomm 5G modems. Weeks after it offered a fleeting glimpse at its next-generation Samsung Galaxy X with a folding 7.3-inch OLED screen, the company is now gearing up to unveil another early peek at a key piece of its 2019 product road map.

Samsung and Verizon have confirmed that the two will bring one of the first commercial 5G smartphones to the market in the first half of 2019.

Also getting more smarts is the image signal processor for taking photos and videos using Snapdragon 855-powered smartphones.

Together with a new Kryo CPU core (likely based on Cortex-A76), the chip is expected to see an increase in performance of 45% over the CPU found in the Snapdragon 845.

Qualcomm is making a big push with 5G devices.

Qualcomm's next flagship smartphone processor will start showing up in 2019, and unsurprisingly it should offer better all-around performance than its predecessors.

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And while that will enable you to enjoy the faster network speeds that 5G promises, that will depend on 5G wireless networks coming online, something that will happen throughout 2019.

Samsung's new device will using Qualcomm's X50 modem, but won't confirm which device that is: expectations would be the next Samsung Galaxy, however DJ Koh, Samsung's mobile chief, stated that a separate device in March will be its first 5G phone, focused on Korean carriers.

The time has come for a new generation of Snapdragon SoCs for mobile devices, and Qualcomm used its Snapdragon Technology Summit to announce its latest flagship chip. For more information, stay tuned to XDA-Developers, as we'll have plenty of coverage and details to share throughout the week! The company didn't provide much more info other than to say it can work through screen protectors and is more secure than other systems. The company is hosting events with more information about the Snapdragon 855 throughout the Summit, and most of the mobile platform's specifications and features will be made public during Day 2.

Outside America, the 5G story seems muddier (which is not surprising, as 4G was slow on global adoption as well), which probably makes the Snapdragon 855 a bit less exciting.

As for photography, the Snapdragon 855 will include a Computer Vision ISP - the world's first, according to Qualcomm.


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