Hands On With Samsung and Verizon's First 5G Phone

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon Summit is taking place all this week and Express.co.uk is in Hawaii and will bring you all the news as it happens. If that's the case, the phone isn't much more than a fascinating relic of Samsung's mobile history. Huawei and Intel may dispute this characterization, but no products on the market use their 5G tech.

The devices will run on a "Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver RF front-end and antenna elements", Verizon said.

Samsung has been understandably protective of this phone, as it's been streaming 4K video over Verizon's 5G network and outputting the results onto a big, lovely television. This NPU should triple the performance of devices equipped with Snapdragon 855 during these specific tasks compared to the previous generation.

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Samsung and Verizon announced they will release a 5G smartphone sometime in the first half of next year. We will probably see it for the first time on the Galaxy S10. However, the company did give us a sneak peek at some of tomorrow's announcements. The Snapdragon 855 platform is also said to integrate a speedier Adreno 640 GPU.

The Galaxy S10 line is expected to do away with the front-facing iris scanner of Samsung's recent flagships as several sources already claimed it will instead be positioning an ultrasonic fingerprint reader as its primary screen-unlock method, though it's still likely to feature some form of facial recognition support. 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. Lastly, the company announced the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor-an under-display fingerprint sensor solution that uses ultrasonic waves, unlike optical under-display fingerprint sensors which use light.

Per WinFuture, it was TechCrunch that has mistakenly published some information about the Snapdragon 855 ahead of time. If you apply Qualcomm's 45 percent number, the Geekbench 4 score on the 855 would go to 13,070. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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