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5G Galaxy S10 with Snapdragon 855 seems like a done deal

The 5G Galaxy S10 with Snapdragon 855 was more or less confirmed by Samsung yesterday during Qualcomm’s annual Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii. Qualcomm unveiled its new mobile processor at the event, the Snapdragon 855. It’s a 7nm chip with significant performance and efficiency gains, in addition, to support for “multi-gigabit” speeds on 5G networks.

Qualcomm doesn’t make phones itself so it needs partners willing to put its technology inside their devices. Samsung has stepped up to the plate. Justin Denison, Samsung’s SVP of product marketing and strategy, confirmed yesterday that the company’s 5G phone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Denison said that this smartphone will be available in the United States in the first half of 2019.

5G Galaxy S10 with Snapdragon 855 has more or less been confirmed

Samsung did have a prototype of its 5G phone on display at the event. It caught visitors’ eye more for its rather odd corner notch than it’s ability to run on a 5G network. Little can be inferred from this device regarding the Galaxy S10, though. It was powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor coupled with the company’s Snapdragon X50 5G modem.

It’s understandable why Samsung was present at the event. It does ship its flagship smartphones in select markets with Qualcomm chipsets and the US is one of them. The Galaxy Note 9 you get in the US runs the Snapdragon 845, not Samsung’s Exynos 9810. So it’s highly likely that the device Denison is talking about is the 5G Galaxy S10.

There’s no evidence to suggest that Samsung has a different device with a flagship Qualcomm processor in the pipeline. The reports about Samsung launching a separate 5G variant of the Galaxy S10 may turn out to be true after all. This variant would only be offered in select markets where 5G networks go live in 2019. Samsung also has its own 5G capable Exynos 5100 modem which it may use for the Exynos 9820-powered 5G Galaxy S10.

Two leading US carriers, Verizon and AT&T, have both confirmed that they will start selling a 5G smartphone from Samsung early next year. Neither Samsung nor its carrier partners have named this device. Nevertheless, it’s hard to deny that what they’re all talking about is anything but the 5G Galaxy S10.

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locarno
locarno

Who is manufacturing this CPU ? Samsung or TSMC ?

Biransahin
Biransahin

It’s a shame that the first widely available 5g phone will have a hole in the screen. I hope it does really badly, teaches Samsung a lesson, and the holes will disappear by the time the Note10 arrives. Otherwise for the first time ever, I won’t be upgrading my Note. Will stick with the 9.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

7nm ? That means Samsung lost their fabrication contract with them. They will be leaving the exynos S10 in the dust?

locarno
locarno

Why lost ?

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Because Samsung doesn’t have 7nm manufacturing capabilities for mass production. Instead tcms has the contract to produce the sd855 this year. Same for the apple A12.

Unfortunately the exynos will be using interior 8nm tech and will be worst off

Means Samsung has lost a big contract and exclusivity to be first to the market with the chip that they have enjoyed in the past.

locarno
locarno

OMG. I thought that Samsung have 7nm and less nm (6,5,4) process ready for mass production. They really lost big chance.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Yes, the OnePlus 7 will be first phone to use the as 855 too.

Why did you think the exynos is produced on 8nm if they had their 7nm in place? The s11 eynos may use the 7nm tech that has been reported for a long time but the competition may move to 4nm by that time

locarno
locarno

Royole FlexPai already using new Snapdragon
Samsung need to step up.

40tman
40tman

why not snappdragon 8150?

Anthony17
Anthony17

8150 is the same chip than 855