Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
IT | By Emmett Cole

Qualcomm announces the world’s first 3D ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor

Qualcomm announces the world’s first 3D ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor

But the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 doesn't just bring the usual speed and efficiency improvements.

For the next three days Qualcomm is holding its annual Snapdragon Summit in Maui, where the company is expected to reveal new and improved Snapdragon mobile processors, and with the help of carriers across the globe, layout plans for 5G networks heading into 2019. 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. Alex also mentioned that the Image Signaling Processor (ISP) was really upgraded big time and there will be more details tomorrow.

In contrast to now available optical in-display fingerprint sensors, such as the one that's available in the OnePlus 6T, the company's new 3D Sonic Sensor technology uses ultrasonic waves to capture and authenticate an individual's fingerprint instead of a 2D image. 5G is also created to offer lower latency, lower power consumption, and more bandwidth/capacity. The company touts huge performance increases that could even allow it to overtake the Apple A12 Bionic.

AT&T and Verizon both have 5G networks set up in the hotel where the Qualcomm event is taking place, and using a reference device shown off on stage during the keynote, those in attendance will get to experience a 5G connection on a reference smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 855 platform. And while that will enable you to enjoy the faster network speeds that 5G promises, that will depend on 5G wireless networks coming online, something that will happen throughout 2019. Currently, most in-display fingerprint sensors use optical sensors, so they shine light up through the screen to read your fingerprint on the display. Unfortunately, this silicon will be running in smartphones sold outside of the U.S.

It's official: the latest and greatest mobile platform from Qualcomm to lust after is the Snapdragon 855.

The forthcoming 855 has a whole host of other improvements over the current Snapdragon 845, including dedicated AI processing and XR (extended reality) processing for the future of mobile device capabilities. The chip will contain "the world's first computer vision ISP".

That's because every recent flagship phone from LG has featured the top-end Qualcomm chipset at the time, so we'd expect the same from the LG G8.

"It can now recognize who and what you're capturing", Katouzian said.

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