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 U.S. chip giant prides itself on "making the impossible, inevitable".
"OnePlus and Samsung have committed to launching 5G handsets in the USA in 2019, Motorola has its god-awful 5G Mod for the Z3 (which we'll be seeing demoed here in Maui), and you can bet that every phonemaker will be plastering the internet with "[COMPANY] LAUNCHES FIRST [MEANINGLESS METRIC] 5G SMARTPHONE" press releases for the next year.
Qualcomm claims that 18 device makers signed up to use its chips in 5G devices next year.
As the Snapdragon 855 will be manufactured on a 7nm process node, just like Apple's A12 Bionic and Huawei's Kirin 980, the chip will benefit from significant improvements in performance and energy efficiency. As you can notice, there's a lot that's yet to be seen in regards to 5G, so naturally, participants in the tech summit were eager to see what the next-gen technology is capable of.
Tech vendors were enthusiastic enough pertaining to the promise of 5G to sell a device based on future speeds and capabilities. It seems that we'll have to patiently wait until all the pieces fall into place and we can be genuinely amazed (hopefully) by what 5G can do. It'll also boost how fast a device will connect to the network with speeds as quick as a millisecond to start your download or upload.
Not many details have been given yet, partly because Qualcomm is downplaying things such as CPU and GPU performance in favour of the overall experience.
We'll learn more about this and the 855 in general tomorrow. Aside from Samsung getting into bed with two hardcore rivals, Motorola is working with Verizon for its own device, while LG has plans to launch its own 5G compatible device on Sprint's network, also for the first half of 2019. Justin Denison, Samsung's SVP of product marketing and strategy, confirmed yesterday that the company's 5G phone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.