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

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Nevertheless, Qualcomm has stated that the 3D Sonic Sensor will appear on new devices within the first half of 2019.

We'll have all of the finer details tomorrow following Day 2 of the Snapdragon Tech Summit. There's a computer vision ISP (image signal processor) for better photography in there, too, as well as a fourth generation AI engine.

Verizon (and AT&T, and Sprint) has already confirmed that it will be welcoming 5G on the back of an unannounced Samsung smartphone. Qualcomm also announced support for 5G in multiple countries coming next year.

Qualcomm announced today (Dec. 4) that its next mobile processing platform, the Snapdragon 855, is going to support both features when it starts arriving in top-of-the-line handsets next year.

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.

The new mobile platform comes with a new HEVC and VP9 codec decoder that is seven times more efficient, and Qualcomm claims this means you won't need to look for the charging cable while watching movies on Snapdragon 855-powered devices in the future.

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He further mentioned that the company has chosen hues for the new icons which are bolder, lighter and friendlier to use. On Thursday, Microsoft previewed the new look, which swaps out the flat-design for thicker, 3D-looking symbols.

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.

At the same time, Qualcomm also pointed out that the 3D Sonic Sensor still able to scan one's finger even if it is wet or oily which made it more reliable than optical-based solutions. Given which phones debuted with Qualcomm's top-of-the-line chipset in recent years, it's not a big leap of logic to assume 2019 flagship devices from Samsung, LG, HTC and Google would at least have the option of adopting that feature.

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. The updated engine should deliver a 3x performance boost in artificial intelligence features over what we saw with the Snapdragon 845 now found in many Android flagship devices.

Alex Katouzian, Qualcomm senior vice president of mobile, unveils the Snapdragon 855 during an event Tuesday in Hawaii.

Lastly, the "Snapdragon Elite Gaming" feature was teased, which should combine performance, audio and battery life for an improved gaming experience.

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