Everything About The All-New Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform

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By broggl | 30th December 2018

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform – Qualcomm’s extreme till date (yeah, that happens with every new launch from the 810 series). But this one’s different. (Yaaah, that happens too! Move on.) The all-new platform gives more power to the user (oh boy, we’re still bragging). Blah blah blah blah blah and features a few world’s firsts, new architecture, enhanced AI experience, much more.

Starting off with the basics, the Snapdragon 855 features 8x Qualcomm Kryo 485, clock speed up to 2.84 GHz. Makes use of 64-bit Architecture and 7nm Process Technology. Talking about the world’s firsts, the Snapdragon 855 gets the world’s first commercial 5G mobile platform promising a next-gen 5G experiences with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem. So even if you are in crowded areas you shall never loose connectivity. The world is upgrading, it’s (almost) time for 5G folks! 4G is history.

Camera capabilities! These are going to go up a notch higher. Again, world’s first –  HDR10+ mobile video capture and playback with an immense increase in the detailing. Adding to the innovation list are 4K HDR Video Capture with Portrait Mode (Bokeh), and Computer Vision ISP (CV-ISP). The CV ISP delivers real-time object recognition, segmentation, and replacement allowing users to take their photography skills to the next level. DSLRs you need to worry, more. Low light photography will be now be better with the new Multi-frame Noise Reduction (MFNR) softwares. For slo-mo guys, there’s your 480 frames per second recording ability with unlimited HD slow-motion footage capture – and even apply it to multiple parts of your video.

Face recognition and Fingerprint reading has been bumped up with new tech. Gets a highly detailed and sophisticated identification solution – 3D Face Detect. Uses a 3-camera system to capture a 3-dimensional image of the user’s face. This technology is better and secure than the previous gen. For the fingerprint scanner, the Snapdragon 855 comes with – 3D Sonic. It uses acoustics (sound) to scan the pores of your fingers, resulting in a deeply accurate, 3-dimensional read. Over time, your device will learn the unique patterns of your fingerprint for better speed, accuracy and identification.

The gaming experience will remain at all-time high. The newer high-end Snapdragons have a knack of exploding the Antutu benchmarks with big and bigger numbers. The Snapdragon 855 will be no different. The new Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming Experience promises enhanced performance, features and enhancements to power the next-gen mobile gaming devices. Boasts Physically Based Rendering so objects are recreated to mimic the real-life look, feel, depth, and material, presenting extremely realistic, deeply dimensional visuals.

It’s time to get high on the specifications dope, treat yourself:


  • 5G Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 Modem
  • 5G Technology: 5G NR
  • 5G Spectrum: mmWave, sub-6 GHz
  • 5G mmWave specs: 800 MHz bandwidth, 8 carriers, 2×2 MIMO
  • 5G sub-6 GHz specs: 100 MHz bandwidth, 4×4 MIMO
  • mmWave Features: Dual-layer polarization in downlink and uplink, Beam forming, Beam steering, Beam tracking

Qualcomm® Artificial Intelligence Engine

  • CPU: Qualcomm® Kryo™ 485 CPU
  • GPU: Qualcomm® Adreno™ 640 GPU
  • DSP: Qualcomm® Hexagon™ 690 Processor, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Vector Accelerator, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Tensor Accelerator, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Voice Assistant, Qualcomm All-Ways Aware™ technology


  • CPU Clock Speed: Up to 2.84 GHz
  • CPU Cores: 8x Qualcomm® Kryo™ 485 CPU
  • CPU Bit Architecture: 64-bit


  • Process Technology: 7 nm


  • DSP Technology: Qualcomm® Hexagon™ 690 Processor, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Vector Accelerator, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Tensor Accelerator, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Voice Assistant, Qualcomm All-Ways Aware™ technology

Cellular Modem

  • Modem Name: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X24 LTE modem
  • Multi SIM: Dual SIM Dual VoLTE (DSDV)
  • Next-generation Calling Services: VoLTE with SRVCC to 3G and 2G, HD and Ultra HD Voice (EVS), CSFB to 3G and 2G

LTE Category

  • Uplink/Downlink LTE Category: LTE Category 20
  • Uplink LTE Category: LTE Category 13 (uplink)

LTE Downlink Features

  • Downlink Carrier Aggregation: 7×20 MHz carrier aggregation
  • Downlink LTE MIMO: Up to 4×4 MIMO on three carriers
  • Downlink LTE Streams: Maximum 20 spatial streams
  • Downlink QAM: Up to 256-QAM

LTE Uplink Features

  • Uplink Technology: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Upload+, Uplink Data Compression (UDC)
  • Uplink Carrier Aggregation: 3×20 MHz carrier aggregation
  • Uplink LTE Streams: Up to 2x 106Mbps LTE streams
  • Uplink QAM: Up to 256-QAM

LTE Speed

  • LTE Peak Download Speed: 2 Gbps
  • LTE Peak Upload Speed: 316 Mbps

Cellular Technology

  • Cellular Technology: WCDMA (DB-DC-HSDPA, DC-HSUPA), TD-SCDMA, CDMA 1x, EV-DO, GSM/EDGE
  • LTE Technology: LTE FDD, LTE TDD including CBRS support, LAA, LTE Broadcast


  • Wi-Fi Standards: 802.11ad, 802.11ay, 802.11ax-ready, 802.11ac Wave 2, 802.11a/b/g, 802.11n
  • Wi-Fi Spectral Bands: 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 60 GHz
  • Peak speed: 10 Gbps
  • Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6-ready technology features: 8×8 spatial streams, 8×8 sounding, WPA3 security support, Target Wakeup Time, Dual-band simultaneous (DBS)
  • Qualcomm 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology features: Wire-equivalent latency, Always-on Wi-Fi sensing


  • Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth 5.0
  • Bluetooth Speed: 2 Mbps


  • Satellite Systems Support: GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, Dual frequency GNSS


  • Near Field Communications: Supported


  • Qualcomm® RF Front-End solution: Comprehensive 5G/4G modem-to-antenna solution, QTM052 5G mmWave antenna module, Qualcomm Envelope Tracking


  • USB Version: USB 3.1, USB-C


  • Image Signal Processor: Dual 14-bit CV-ISPs, Hardware accelerator for computer vision (CV-ISP), Qualcomm Spectra™ 380 image signal processor
  • Megapixel Support: Up to 22 MP dual camera, Up to 48 MP single camera
  • Photo Capture: HEIF photo capture
  • Video Capture: Rec. 2020 color gamut video capture, Up to 10-bit color depth video capture, Slow motion video capture up to 720p at 480fps, HEVC Video Capture
  • Video Capture Formats: HDR10+, HDR10, HLG


  • Codec Support: H.265 (HEVC), H.264 (AVC), HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, VP8, VP9


  • Maximum On-Device Display Support: Up to 4K HDR
  • Maximum External Display Support: Up to two 4K HDR displays
  • HDR: HDR10+, 10-bit color depth, Rec 2020 color gamut

General Audio

  • Audio Technology: Qualcomm TrueWireless™ Technology, Qualcomm® Broadcast Audio technology, Qualcomm Aqstic™ audio technology, Qualcomm® aptX™ audio technology
  • Qualcomm® aptX™ playback support: aptX Adaptive


  • GPU Name: Qualcomm® Adreno™ 640 GPU
  • Video Playback: Volumetric VR video playback, 8K 360 VR video playback
  • API Support: OpenGL® ES 3.2, OpenCL™ 2.0 FP, Vulkan® 1.1, DX12


  • Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ Support: Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4+ technology


  • Memory speed: 2133MHz
  • Memory Type: 4x16bit, LPDDR4x