Chip supplier Qualcomm unveiled a new generation of mobile phone processor chips that will power 5G smartphones, Reuters reports.
The key feature of the Snapdragon 855 chip, launched at an event in Hawaii, is a so-called modem for phones to connect to 5G wireless data networks with mobile data speeds of up to 50 or 100 times faster than current 4G networks.
Qualcomm, the largest supplier of mobile phone chips, said on Tuesday Snapdragon 855 will power Samsung 5G smartphones to be released in the United States in the first half of 2019.
The modem will also enable “computer vision” to help phones recognize objects and faces, and support a new Qualcomm fingerprint sensor that can read a user’s fingerprint through the glass screen of a smartphone.
The Samsung phone would be a major challenge for Apple, its biggest rival in the US premium handset market as the iPhone maker is locked in a legal battle with Qualcomm.
Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported on Monday that Apple will wait until at least 2020 to release its first 5G iPhones.
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