Video: Qualcomm's Huge In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

We checked out Qualcomm’s new, next-gen in-display fingerprint reader, which they call Sonic 3D Max. It has a 17x larger sensor area, which solves one of the larger pain points of current in-display sensors. It’s also faster, more reliable, and offers options for much greater security. This hands-on video shows the new sensor in action.

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Qualcomm's First Snapdragon with Integrated 5G is the 765

Qualcomm today revealed the full details of its first Snapdragon chip with an integrated 5G modem, the Snapdragon 765. As its model number suggests, it offers better performance than the company’s 6-series chips that have previously been common to higher-end (but not “flagship”) phones in the US. In the Snapdragon lineup, the 765 sits just below the new flagship Snapdragon 865 chipset, also announced today. Unlike the 865, the 765 combines all of the processing cores together with the 5G modem on a single chip. This offers a smaller, more power-efficient, and more affordable solution compared to the 865, while still offering high-end performance. Qualcomm expects the 765 to help accelerate the adoption of 5G beyond expensive flagship devices. The Snapdragon 765 uses the latest 7nm manufacturing process — the same as the 865 — for better power efficiency. The 765’s integrated X52 5G modem supports download speeds up to 3.7 Gbps, (compared to 7.5 Gbps for the X55 in the Snapdragon 865,) but otherwise supports everything the company’s top-end 5G modems do, including both mmWave and sub-6 GHz frequency bands, SA and NSA modes, TDD and FDD, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), global 5G roaming, and support for multi-SIM. The chip includes a new fast charging technology designed to extend the number of charges before a phone’s battery loses significant capacity. The 765 will also be available in a 765G variant with 20% better graphics performance, for gaming phones. The first phones powered by the Snapdragon 765 are expected to ship in the first quarter of 2020. Read on for additional details.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Raises the Bar for Flagship Performance

Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 865, its new top-end chipset to power flagship phones in 2020. Unlike most previous Snapdragon chips, the 865 is split into two physical chips: the main processor chip and a separate radio modem chip that includes a 5G modem based on the company’s X55 5G modem. (The lower-end Snapdragon 765, also announced today, integrates both functions onto one chip.) The 865’s modem chip supports both mmWave and sub-6 GHz frequency bands, SA and NSA modes, TDD and FDD, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), and global 5G roaming. It supports peak download speeds up to 7.5 Gbps, twice as fast as the 765. The Kryo 585 CPU offers 25% better performance compared to the CPU in last year’s 855, and 25% better power efficiency. On the GPU side, the new chip offers 35% better power efficiency and 20% faster rendering. In a first for phones, the 865 supports QHD+ displays at up to 144 Hz refresh rates. The 865 also supports a new software architecture that allows the graphics drivers to be updated more frequently via the Google Play Store. An upgraded AI processor is “2x more powerful” and offers 35% better power efficiency. It also supports a new low-power mode for AI processing of multi-sensor data. Qualcomm claims this new Hexagon AI processor can “instantly [translate] your speech into a foreign language, all while retaining the sound of your authentic voice.” The 865’s Spectra 480 ISP (image signal processor) can process 40% more pixels per second, enabling the 865 to support cameras up to 200 megapixels, with the ability to shoot 8K video, capture high-quality 64-megapixel photos while capturing 4K video, or capture 4K video at 120 fps. It can also record slow-motion HD video at 960 fps with no length limit, and record Dolby Vision video; both are firsts for phones. New fast-charging technology is designed to preserve battery capacity over hundreds more charging cycles. The 865 uses the latest 7nm manufacturing process for better power efficiency. The first devices powered by the Snapdragon 865 should be available in the first quarter of 2020. Read on for more details.

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Qualcomm Launches Effort to Ease Creation of High-End Phones

Qualcomm this week launched the “Snapdragon 865 and 765 Modular Platforms”, which are pre-engineered and pre-certified circuit boards that include most of the critical components for a high-end 5G phone (or equivalent cellular device.) As phones have become more sophisticated and refined, the costs of developing a competitive high-end phone have become prohibitive for all but the largest companies. This new program from Qualcomm aims to level that playing field for smaller companies. Verizon and Vodafone are participating in the program by pre-certifying the modules, making it easier for smaller companies to offer their high-end phones to some of the world’s largest carriers. HMD Global, maker of Nokia phones, indicated on stage at this week’s Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit that it plans to utilize the modules in its phones. At a Q-and-A session on Tuesday, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon added that many companies attempting to engineer a high-end phone resort to stacking components to fit everything required into a phone body, often resulting in thermal issues. Qualcomm’s new modules are engineered as a single flat circuit board, offering better performance and enabling thinner designs.

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Hands On with the Motorola One Hyper

Motorola has a new One series phone it will be selling unlocked in the US. The Motorola One Hyper has an all-screen design with a pop-up selfie camera. Its main camera is 64 megapixel, while the selfie camera is 32 megapixel. It also has an 8-megapixel wide-angle (118º) camera on the back. The display is a 6.5-inch LCD with full HD resolution. The One Hyper is powered by a Snapdragon 675 chip and 4 GB of RAM. It has 128 GB of storage and supports memory cards up to 1 TB. The large 4,000 mAh battery charges quickly with the included 18W fast charger, and the phone supports 45W chargers. The fingerprint reader on the back is surrounded by a customizable circular notification light. It ships with Android 10. It has basic support for AT&T and T-Mobile networks in bands 2, 4, 5, 12, and 66. The One Hyper is available starting today from motorola.com for $400 in Deep Sea Blue. A Dark Amber color will available at a later date. Read on for more details, hands-on photos, and first impressions.

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Qualcomm Bringing 5G to 6-Series Snapdragon Next Year

Qualcomm plans to introduce a 6-series Snapdragon chip with integrated 5G in the second half of 2020. The comment was made today by Qualcomm SVP and General Manager for Mobile Alex Katouzian during a Q&A session at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii.

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Qualcomm Intros 17x Larger In-Display Fingerprint Reader

Qualcomm today announced 3D Sonic Max, a new ultrasonic sensor for in-display fingerprint readers. It offers a sensing area 17 times larger than the previous sensor offered by the company, eliminating the need to carefully align your finger with the sensor area. The larger sensing area also enables two-finger authentication for greater security. Qualcomm also promises greater “accuracy” compared to previous sensors.

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Motorola Promises Phones Powered by New 5G Snapdragon Chips in Early 2020

Motorola President Sergio Buniac took the stage at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit today to announce that Motorola will deliver a phone in early 2020 powered by the Snapdragon 765 chip, as well as one powered by “Qualcomm’s flagship platform”, presumably the Snapdragon 865 chipset. Buniac also announced that one of the phones will support data speed in excess of 5 Gbps. Qualcomm revealed in a presentation today that the 765 will support data speeds up to 3.7 Gbps, so this seems to refer to the 865.

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Google Photos Adds Private Message Threads

Google has added a new feature to Google Photos that make it easy to start a private photo and message thread with one or more contacts. When sharing a photo, the new choice lets you start a new thread or add to an existing one, making it easier to group a series of photos shared with one or more specific people. All participants can also add comments and likes, and download full-res photos.

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US Phones Will Report Vertical Location to 911 Dispatchers by 2021

The FCC has officially adopted new rules for the accuracy of location data reported to dispatchers when someone dials 911 on a cell phone in the US. For the first time, vertical position data will be required, so first responders can quickly locate people needing help in multi-story buildings. The rules will be phased in starting April 2021. Vertical position will need to be accurate to within 3 meters for at least 80% of indoor 911 calls. The rules also impose new requirements on standard location data sent to dispatchers by wireless carriers, such as a dispatch-able street address and apartment number.

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