During the first day of the annual Snapdragon Technology Summit on Maui, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. brought together mobile operators, infrastructure and device makers to introduce the first commercial 5G mobile platform, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform.
Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon began his keynote by talking about the importance of 5G, its benefits, how it will enhance user experiences, and make a global impact.
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Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm, told attendees at the summit that 5G will provide the "foundation for virtually every other electronic device to become connected", and despite the reservations of some that 5G is not yet ready for prime time, the United States chip giant prides itself on "making the impossible, inevitable".
Sullivan also said that as the 5G standard allows for expansive capacity, the throttling thresholds that we're used to seeing on current mobile service plans will disappear.
In terms of connectivity, Qualcomm claims that this will be the first mobile platform to support gigabit speeds across 5G, LTE and WiFi.
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The first phones will focus on a non-mmWave solution while mmWave-enabled phones are expected in the second half of 2019.
The chipmaker company made the chipset official at its Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii. Qualcomm employees from nearly every division - Engineering, R&D, Standards, Hardware - contributed to developing the technologies that make 5G possible. She also reminded everyone of the work that Verizon put into getting 5G where it is today, starting with partnerships in the 5G Technical Forum that Verizon created and that helped evolve the technology into the 3GPP spec. It is acclaimed to increase the AI performance by three times when compared to previous iteration chipsets.
While 5G offers fast speeds, it has limitations: the signals can't travel very far nor penetrate walls and fog, so you'll have to dot loads of base stations everywhere, inside buildings and piggybacking on 4G towers outside.
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In Europe, EE intends to launch 5G networks in major United Kingdom cities including London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester, and Leeds through 2019.
Qualcomm did not delve into details about the upgrades 855 brings over 845. It is expected that Apple is going to launch its first 5G-enabled iPhone in 2020, and that Intel will be providing the 5G modem under the hood to facilitate those network connections. As of now, there is no information regarding the Snapdragon X50 Modem (whether it will be integrated or not).
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