Qualcomm unveils first commercial 5G mobile platform

Qualcomm Technologies has introduced the first commercial 5G mobile platform, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform at the annual Snapdragon Technology Summit.
 
The companies showcased live 5G networks and mobile devices to usher in a new era of multi-gigabit connectivity powered by 5G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi – a truly end-to-end experience featuring devices, experiences and networks. 
 
These landmark achievements are the result of Qualcomm mobile leadership and breakthrough inventions over decades, leading the world to 3G, 4G and now 5G by driving an end-to-end system approach that spans from research and development to commercialization through a series of essential inventions and industry-first prototypes, demos, trials, chipsets and mobile platforms.
 
During a keynote address, Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm said, “Qualcomm Technologies is uniquely positioned to propel 5G deployments with the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, the Snapdragon X50 5G modem family and Qualcomm QTM052 mmWave antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements — helping OEMs address the exponential increase in device design complexity that comes with 5G in both sub-6 GHz and mmWave bands.”
 
“Today marks a massive and exciting step forward underscoring how Qualcomm Technologies and ecosystem leaders are driving 5G commercialization, a journey that went from R&D, accelerated standardization and trials, the launch of innovative products and technologies, to the imminent launch of 5G networks and smartphones across the globe starting in early 2019,” said Amon.
 
Additionally, at the event, Qualcomm Technologies, AT&T and Verizon turned on live millimeter wave 5G networks and showcased a number of 5G consumer experiences powered by the Snapdragon X50 5G Modem and RF subsystem.
 
“As the first to establish a 5G data connection and with plans to offer first true mobile 5G connectivity for businesses and consumers, our leadership doesn’t happen without close coordination with technology leaders like Qualcomm Technologies, NETGEAR and Ericsson,” said Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of device and network experiences, AT&T.
 
Fotis Karonis, executive advisor for 5G, BT Group said, “We are eagerly anticipating 5G mobile devices featuring the new Snapdragon 855 with Snapdragon X50 arriving here along with the rollout of our 5G network in 2019.”
 
Justin Denison, senior vice president, mobile product strategy and marketing, Samsung Electronics America said, “5G will fuel collaboration, connectivity and productivity worldwide, and we’re excited to be at the forefront working alongside partners like Qualcomm Technologies to make the transformation to 5G a reality.”
 
“5G will provide improved performance and data rates opening a range of new use cases for our consumer and enterprise customers, and we look forward to making it commercially available for Australians in 2019,” said Channa Seneviratne, network engineering executive, Telstra.
 
Nicki Palmer, chief network engineering officer, Verizon said, “Our relationship with Qualcomm Technologies and other key ecosystem players has allowed Verizon to work closely with OEMs to integrate 5G technology into their new mobile devices, including the moto z3 paired with a 5G moto mod – the world’s first 5G-upgradeable smartphone – that Verizon and Motorola announced in August.”
 
Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform is the world’s first commercial mobile platform supporting multi-gigabit 5G, industry-leading AI and immersive extended reality (XR) collectively, ushering in a new decade of revolutionary mobile devices. Snapdragon 855 delivers highly intuitive on-device AI experiences – driven by our 4th-generation, multi-core Qualcomm AI Engine, with up to 3 times the AI performance compared to the previous generation mobile platform. 
 
It also features the world’s first Computer Vision (CV) ISP to enable cutting-edge computational photography and video capture features. The platform also delivers the Snapdragon Elite Gaming, bringing next level gaming experiences to premium mobile devices.
 
During the event, Justin Denison, senior vice president of mobile product strategy and marketing, Samsung Electronics America, discussed the company’s commitment to 5G, including bringing the first flagship 5G smartphone to the U.S. in the first half of 2019 using the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with the 5G X50 modem.