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The platform will also be 5G ready thanks to being compatible with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 modem.

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. It's still relatively early days for software and services fueled by machine learning, but the shift in the industry seems nearly palpable at this point. There's a computer vision ISP (image signal processor) for better photography in there, too, as well as a fourth generation AI engine.

On top of that, Qualcomm also mentioned support for the new Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor.

Also included inside the reference 5G phone is Qualcomm's own RF antenna, QTM052, created to help eliminate interference and signal issues common in phones when something as simple as holding the device occurs.

Consumer-ready 5G networks have yet to be deployed in earnest in the USA, but Qualcomm is getting ahead of the curve by announcing its latest processor and modem so that it can be integrated into upcoming smartphones as the first networks go live.

In addition to unveiling the Snapdragon 855 at an event in Hawaii today, Qualcomm revealed a 5G smartphone reference design which looks... like a phone... with a 5G icon in the status bar. The U.S.is only slightly behind South Korea in enabling 5G for consumers, as TechRadar reports that three South Korean operators launched their 5G networks for enterprise consumers in parts of major cities.

That said, 5G connectivity is just a few months away. The sensor takes a full 3D image of the fingerprint unique to you, better than an optical solution.

There's no official word yet on which phone makers might adopt the Snapdragon 855 and its 3D Sonic Sensor, though Katouzian said the first such devices would come out in the first half of next year. Those companies include HTC, Samsung, Google, Asus, LG, OnePlus, and Motorola.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon Tech Summit 2018 officially kicked off today with a number of 5G-related announcements from Qualcomm and their partners.

Earlier this year, Qualcomm announced the world's first 5G modem, the X50, which is supposed to increase download speeds by up to 20x over what most mobile users now experience. Next, the company unveiled Snapdragon Elite Gaming, a set of features in the mobile platform to enhance mobile gaming experiences.

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