On Tuesday, Qualcomm, the company behind a major chunk of smartphone processors, announced two new mobile chipsets and an all new fingerprint scanner. The upgrade comes after a 6 month gap, when we got the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset. Additionally, the in display fingerprint scanner also comes as a substantial update over the exsiting generation. Read on to know all about Qualcomm's latest announcements.
The first major development of the launch event was the unveiling of these two new processors. The Snapdragon 865 chipset is the latest generation in the 800 series chipsets that Qualcomm makes. This new processor is also a direct successor to the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset. Upcoming phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Series, OnePlus and flagship devices will make use of this chipset.
The processor can also be paired with an X55 module, which makes for better 5G capabilities on board the phone. The X55 module also uses a more power efficient manager, which is rather helpful.
The other processor, the Snapdragon 765 is one that is more suited for phones that don't need to be all that performance intensive. However, the chipset is quite capable in itself and this one comes with support for 5G bandwidths and networks as well.
These were the two major and expected updates from the first day of the summit. On the same day, the company also announced something that was somewhat of a surprise- a new in-display fingerprint scanner.
In-display fingerprint scanners seem to be all the rage right now. This is precisely why Qualcomm has announced another generation of the existing in-display fingerprint scanner, which can be found on the Samsung Galaxy S series phones.
The new scanner changes quite a few things. For one, you have a larger trigger area to work with. If implemented correctly, this should give you a major chunk of the phone to use as a rather big scanner.
Another new feature that was touted was the ability to assign two fingerprints at the same time. Users will have to simultaneously use two fingers to authenticate a process.
Essentially, the 3D Sonic Max scanner takes on many of the issues of the current generation scanner. The scanner is now faster, more accurate and should work with all types of screen protectors, which is was actually a major issue for Galaxy S10 series users.
At any rate, Qualcomm seems to be on a roll with its new technologies and we can't wait to see what else they have lined up at the summit.