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MWC 2018: Real-world 5G, Samsung Galaxy S9 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, new VR tech, and more

With decades of collaboration with all major mobile ecosystem players, Qualcomm is in a unique position to pave the way for the next wave of breakthrough technologies. That collaboration is on full display this week at Mobile World Congress 2018, from our work on Gigabit LTE to 5G to the next generation of premium-tier devices powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 (don’t miss @SuperSaf’s video detailing its features), and much more.

Take a look at what people are saying about Qualcomm at #MWC18:

Flagship phones

Several devices powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform were announced, including the Galaxy S9 and S9+, ushering in a new wave of Gigabit LTE connectivity for commercial phones. With Snapdragon 845, devices support download speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps — designed to deliver the best mobile experiences and a major step forward on the road to commercially available 5G devices in 2019. The mobile platform also enables advanced features such as on-device AI processing, immersive XR experiences, and increased battery life.

ICYMI, we announced a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 700 Mobile Platform Series, intended to bring premium-tier technologies and features, such as on-device AI, to more affordable devices, especially in China.

Real-world 5G

It will come as no surprise that much of the buzz at MWC is, once again, about 5G. At the Qualcomm booth, we demonstrated our inventions that are making 5G a commercial reality (yes, there were oohs and aahs). We used real-world conditions, modeling two metropolitan cities: Frankfurt, Germany and San Francisco, California. Factoring in the cities’ individual geographies, user demands on the network, and cell site locations, we put 5G NR to work, testing on real-world areas of the spectrum representative of the user experience in these two major cities. The first simulation revealed almost a 900 percent increase in download speeds, from 56Mbps to 490Mbps. The second simulation showed an impressive 2,000 percent increase in download speeds, from 71Mbps to 1.4Gbps.

XR / AR / VR

We’re continuing to push the boundaries in XR or “Xtended Reality,” which encompasses both AR and VR, with the introduction of our Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Platform. The reference design for the next wave of VR headsets incorporates foveated rendering in its four cameras to track the user’s gaze and adjust the resolution on focused areas, all designed to deliver the high-end experience users are seeking while saving power without sacrificing performance.

Other announcements

In addition to our mobile device and 5G announcements, we demonstrated several other technologies at MWC, including always-connected PCs, the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset, and advancements in RFFE.

Want to know more? Visit us @ MWC 2018 in Hall 3 Stand 3E10.

No need for FOMO, though. You can catch up on everything we’re doing at Qualcomm at MWC.

Qualcomm Snapdragon and the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.