The future of smartphones is 5G with speeds that rival your current WiFi connection, but we’re also hearing about the foldable phone trend coming in 2019. The good news is that chip maker Qualcomm says it’s ready to support the foldable phone revolution and its new Snapdragon 855 chipset does support the idea, even though foldables haven’t been a big topic at its Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii. “We’re ready for [foldable phones],” said Keith Kressin, Qualcomm’s senior vice president of product management, in a response to a question from TechRadar. “And if an OEM wants to introduce a mobile with a Snapdragon 855, awesome.” However, Kressin was quick to point out that, “we’re not going to talk a lot about it,” noting that “we don’t have specific features we would like to announce today.” 5G has largely been the focus on this year’s Snapdragon Summit. Foldable phones would only require minor chip changes Qualcomm, which has its Snapdragon chips at the heart of a majority of top Android phones, won’t have to change much to support the advent of foldable phones. “There are changes required,” said Kressin. “But instead of being processing focused, it’s more like display subsystem changes, and some GPU changes.” In other words, only minor tweaks may be needed. He noted that any tweaks to the System on a Chip largely “depend on how the OEM wants to do the foldable.” So far there’s only one Qualcomm OEM partner showing a foldable phone prototype: Samsung. Samsung demoed… [Read full story]
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