Welcome to the 5G Future at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit At the Summit in Maui, Hawaii, the company showcased the first reference design smartphone that’s running on a 5G network


MAUI, Hawaii – The next wave of communication and technology is all about 5G. This is something that the world’s largest mobile platform maker Qualcomm is bullish on.

At the Snapdragon Summit in Maui, Hawaii, the company showcased the first reference design smartphone that’s running on a 5G network.

Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm Technologies, shows off the World’s first 5G reference design smartphone.

Though still a bit early for a market like India, Qualcomm is committed to being an end to end solution provider for enabling 5G networks globally.

At day one of the Snapdragon Summit, the key highlights revolved around the challenges and innovations around 5G networks.

Cristiano R. Amon, President, Qualcomm, is making the impossible, inevitable. A key driver of this is the belief that mmWave will be the founding stone of 5G’s future.

In his keynote, he also addressed that building a 5G smartphone is no easy task since there are variables that differ from the existing 4G enabled smartphones that are present right now.

5G is expected to be rolled out starting in the first half of 2019. The first wave will witness 5G device launches and network rollouts across the U.S., Europe, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and China markets, with deployments in sub-6 GHz and mmWave.

By 2020-21, 5G is expected to be deployed in India and Latin America.

Qualcomm also showcased the OEM partners that they will be working closely with for this 5G enabled future.

The list of OEM’s include companies like ASUS, Samsung, LG, HMD Global (Nokia), Motorola, Google, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, and more. The company has committed their continued collaborations with these OEMs on 5G devices in the future.

But 5G is not just a device-centric network. It has many enterprise as well as connected applications that utilise the full potential of this technology.

Alex Katouzian, SVP and GM Mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, shows off the new Snapdragon 855 mobile platform with 5G.

However, smartphones and devices are what will act as enablers for 5G. Keeping this in mind, Qualcomm showcased the next system-on-chip mobile platform that will power the 2019 5G smartphones at the Snapdragon Summit.

Alex Katouzian, SVP and GM of Mobile for Qualcomm Technologies, teased the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform on day 1 of the Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii.

The Snapdragon 855 is the world’s first commercial 5G mobile platform that is designed for premium-tier flagship devices.

A deep dive into the Snapdragon 855 is expected on December 5th, but Alex briefly mentioned some of its features like sub-6 GHz and mmWave support.

There is also Qualcomm’s 4th-generation on-device AI engine, true 4K HDR video capture, cinema-grade photography capabilities, and Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Sensor in this latest 7-nanometer chip.

He went on to say that “the Snapdragon 855 will define the premium tier in 2019.”




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