Qualcomm is using ultrasound tech for a better in-display fingerprint sensor

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During the first day of the annual Snapdragon Technology Summit on Maui, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. brought together mobile operators, infrastructure and device makers to introduce the first commercial 5G mobile platform, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform.

The fact that so many smartphone manufacturers, with Huawei instantly coming to mind, still haven't stopped using images shot with a DSLR to fake handset camera shots, continues to be perplexing. For more information, stay tuned to XDA-Developers, as we'll have plenty of coverage and details to share throughout the week! The SoC maker also said that the Snapdragon 855 would sport the world's first Computer Vision (CV) ISP which would enable phones to recognise objects and faces, and thus allow phones to sport new video capture features.

Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus, announced the news of the device launching with EE on stage at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit 2018. T-Mobile is now in the process of deploying its own mobile 5G network, and there's every reason to believe Verizon and AT&T are quietly doing so as well at this point. We're sure that's all true, but it takes the wind out of 5G's sails when an event that's meant to promote the new technology fails to show the biggest thing that separates 5G from what we already have ― the blazing fast speed. It's also Qualcomm's first chip with built-in support for 5G wireless networks and with a 4th-gen AI engine that the company says offers a 3X improvement over the Snapdragon 845 when it comes to artificial intelligence. He also confirmed the phone will be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. This is the first live reference design ever displayed. A Bloomberg report this week said that Apple will hold off on launching an iPhone on the ultra-fast 5G network until 2020 at the earliest. Qualcomm states that them using ultrasound in the 3D Sonic Sensor is more secure and accurate than the alternative.

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Qualcomm also announced the 3D Sonic Sensor, an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that will work even when the screen guard is applied.

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. "Furthermore, this technology enables sleek, cutting-edge form factors while distinguishing itself from alternatives with higher levels of security and accuracy", it said in its blog post.

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