Galaxy S10 display fingerprint sensor unveiled by Qualcomm

Galaxy S10 display fingerprint sensor unveiled by Qualcomm

"5G will usher in a new era of mobile connectivity, allowing people to connect to data, experiences and other in ways never thought possible", said Brian Higgins, Vice President, Wireless Device and Product Marketing at Verizon.

These new Snapdragon 855 chips will feature sub-6 GHz and mmWave support, 4th-generation on-device AI engine, true 4K HDR video capture, cinema-grade photography capabilities, and a 3D Sonic Sensor.

More information on the Snapdragon 855 should be released over the next few days during the Snapdragon Technology Summit.

The highlight of this year's event has been 5G, and the Snapdragon 855 SoC will be compatible with the new network band, bringing blazing fast broadband connectivity to smartphones.

These sensors mostly rely on an "image" of your thumb or finger to unlock the phone and theoretically, someone can spoof them.

In the same way that 4G made me shrug at the first point of the rollout in the United Kingdom, I picked up an Android smartphone based on the device's capabilities rather than the network since I knew that mobile networks close to home were relatively pointless.

T-Mobile is also developing its 5G network with an estimated roll-out of 2020.

Qualcomm on Tuesday unveiled the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, the first of a new generation of mobile phone processor chips that will power 5G smartphones in the United States as soon as next year.

While 5G offers fast speeds, it has limitations: the signals can't travel very far nor penetrate walls and fog, so you'll have to dot loads of base stations everywhere, inside buildings and piggybacking on 4G towers outside.

It's been clear for a while now that 2019 will be the year of 5G, and it's little surprise at this point that the Snapdragon 855 will support "multi-gigabit" data speeds on 5G networks as they light up around the country.

There's no other confirmation on which devices will feature the 855 but it's likely nearly all Android flagships hitting stores in 2019 will get this chip. The sensor will also be able to scan your finger if it is oily, greasy and wet, and unlock the device. The 3D Sonic Sensor will use ultrasonic waves to register fingerprints, which is said to be more accurate and reliable than similar in-display fingerprint sensors you'd find on phones like the OnePlus 6T. In order to tackle the increasing competition from the Chinese manufacturers, Qualcomm has introduced its own 3D Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner for major manufacturers. We're out at the Summit as guests of Qualcomm, and will be bringing you all the news this week.

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