US-based company Qualcomm, whose processors are running in more than billion smartphones, just unveiled the latest processor for flagship phones. After a lot of contemplation, Qualcomm didn’t change the naming scheme of its processor and called it Snapdragon 855. The chipset consists of eight Kryo 485 cores, the Adreno 640 GPU and the Hexagon 690 DSP, what will be good for running the neural networks together with the voice assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant. Qualcomm says that its top processor will be as capable as latest 7nm processors of Huawei and Apple.
The new thing about this chipset is upgraded Spectra image signaling processor that should take the load off CPU, GPU and DPS when retrieving the camera data and composite data like depth maps. The ISP should be able to record a 4K video at 60 frames per seconds.
The best thing about this processor is that it should be the first one to support the 5G networks over the Snapdragon X50 modem. The problem here is that 855 is currently equipped with X24 modem, and to achieve the connection to 5G, OEMs will have to use the chipset equipped with both X24 and X50 modems.
Anyway, the latest flagship chipset is obviously ready for the mass production, and there should be a place for it in the Nokia flagship phone of 2019. Well, it will probably raise the cost of its production, but the usage of the latest chipset in the ultimate flagship phone would be fair for all the Nokia aficionados, even though Snapdragon 845 is still very capable processor.