What's new in the Galaxy S10 thanks to Snapdragon 855 – CNET en Español


A vision of what would be the Galaxy S10.


Qualcomm presented its new one Snapdragon 855 processor and it is expected to reach most of the high-end Android phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S10.

First of all, it is worth noting that neither Samsung nor Qualcomm have confirmed that this will be the processor that will arrive in the Galaxy S10 (and Galaxy S10 Plus) and much less that these will be the news that will have the Samsung phone.

However, bearing in mind that for several generations (over Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S8) these Samsung devices have integrated Qualcomm's flagship processor, it would not be unreasonable to think that the Galaxy S10 will integrate into Snapdragon 855.

Below we list the innovations that the Snapdragon 855 processor could make to the Samsung Galaxy S10.

Note that Samsung also launches in many parts of the world the same phone with an Exynos processor (it is expected that the Galaxy S10 also has the Exynos 9820 processor).

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New in the Galaxy S10 that reveals the Snapdragon 855 processor

Fingerprint reader on the screen

One of the strongest voices of the Galaxy S10 was that the mobile phone incorporates a fingerprint reader on the screen and with Snapdragon 855, the first processor to work with the Sonic Sensor Qualcomm 3D ultrasonic reader, the probability that this is true They have increased a lot more.

Although mobile phones like OnePlus 6T, Vivo Nex and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro already integrate a fingerprint reader on the screen, these readers are optical and not ultrasonic as Qualcomm. The benefits of the Qualcomm reader is that it allows you to offer greater accuracy and speed in tracking, tracking the footprint in a larger area in a simpler way and does not present so many problems to identify your fingerprint. when it is wet or very fat.

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Video with blurred background

Although photos with a blurred background are already present on Samsung phones from the Galaxy Note 8 (at least in formal mode), the Snapdragon 855 processor now offers the same concept, but in video. In this way, manufacturers can include a mode in their cameras to capture video with a blurred background (bokeh).

Also, you can record this video in 4K, with HDR and with bokeh (blurred background), something that had not been done on a cell phone so far.

Moreover, thanks to these improvements, the cameras better identify the objects and differentiate them from the background, so it also offers greater precision to remove objects or objects and change the background.

Photos in HEIF

Qualcomm announced that the Snapdragon 855 processor will provide native compatibility with the HEIF format. This means that photo files will now reduce their size by up to 50 percent, while they will store more information than they have acquired. Not only can data be stored with color, time, date, location and exposure, but it is also possible to save RAW information, HDR, depth maps and artificial vision (object detection) , scenes, etc.).

Version with 5G

The rumors have suggested on several occasions that Samsung could launch a version of the Galaxy S10 with 5G. And now Qualcomm has announced that Snapdragon 855 offers 5G compatibility thanks to the Snapdragon X50 modem.

This does not mean that all mobile phones or the Galaxy S10 with Snapdragon 855 processor will offer 5G compatibility, as manufacturers can also choose the Snapdragon X24 modem to reduce costs and keep the price of the cell relatively low.

However, the Galaxy S10 that does not integrate the X50 modem but the X24 would offer maximum speeds of 2 Gbps, which is twice the speed currently offered by 4G LTE. This means that you can download a 7GB movie in less than 30 seconds.

On the other hand, mobile phones with the Snapdragon 855 processor and the X50 modem will reach speeds up to 10 times faster than that processor, or up to 20 times longer than what is currently offered by the 4G LTE.

Naturally, these speeds depend on the operators offering this capacity.

Wi-Fi 6, the next generation of local connectivity

The Snapdragon 855 processor is compatible with the new generation of Wi-Fi networks, which is called Wi-Fi 6.

This means that users with a Galaxy S10 may experience speeds like those obtained via Ethernet (cable) at the moment. This means that speeds up to 10 Gbps can be reached via Wi-Fi.

Better performance

Qualcomm promises that thanks to its Kyro (845) architecture, the Snapdragon 855 processor offers up to 45 percent better performance than the Snapdragon 845, found in mobile phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 in the United States and in other countries.

One of the keys Qualcomm wants to emphasize is that compared to competing processors, Snapdragon 855 offers much more stable performance. Although "a competitor" is able to offer a performance improvement at the start, a few minutes later the performance drops below those offered by the Snapdragon 855 processor, Qualcomm says.

Better battery consumption

Qualcomm guarantees that the Snapdragon 855 processor will also bring optimizations that allow better battery life. Compared to Snapdragon 845, the Snapdragon 855 processor offers up to 20% better battery consumption.


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