The rapid development and rigorous work that went into next year's round of 5G network deployments were a big theme here at Tech Summit day 1, and it's not hard to see how insanely fast data speeds stand to change what we expect from our smartphones.
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According to CNET, Samsung has confirmed that it will be partnering with Verizon for a 5G smartphone in the first half of 2019. It certainly looks like Verizon and AT&T subscribers are going to be upgrading their devices in droves to experience the latest 5G standard. They'll not only be smarter and more responsive but will tap into the super-fast 5G network, shoot better photos and recognize images, and let us securely unlock our phones using in-screen fingerprint readers.
Samsung is widely-tipped to introduce 5G to the top-of-the-line variant of its flagship Galaxy S smartphone range, which is scheduled to launch at Mobile World Congress in February 2019. But at the end of a session outlining Qualcomm's plans for the next-generation 5G wireless network, Qualcomm senior vice president and general manager for mobile Alex Katouzian unveiled the name of the new chipset and talked up some of its features.
Samsung will probably rely on Qualcomm for its Snapdragon 855 chipset, who's details were leaked prior to the imminent announcement. That will pave the way to new computational photography and video capture features, the chip-maker suggests. We don't think so. But it's also likely that the next Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm will power the remaining Galaxy S10 models. First of all, the chip will officially be known as Snapdragon 855, despite everyone calling it Snapdragon 8150 up until now. As of now, there is no information regarding the Snapdragon X50 Modem (whether it will be integrated or not). One potential downside to all this is that we're nearly certainly returning to the years of split phone SKUs - US phones with hyper-specific bands for each carrier that don't play nicely with one another, and non-US phones that don't work on our new networks, just the legacy ones.
Obviously do not take this information for definitive, in a few hours we will surely know more!