At its Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm outlined its new 855, a chip it hopes will power the next generation of premium Androids. It addresses silicon work Apple has driven in its Application Processors leading up to the latest A12 Bionic, but it’s less clear who will be building high-end Androids with Qualcomm’s most advanced processor yet, and for how long.Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 The shrinking list of premium Snapdragon buyers Attendees listening to Qualcomm’s introduction of the Snapdragon 855 have largely offered positive comments. Ben Bajarin tweeted, “I used to be worried about Qualcomm in the premium chip market. Since most their premium smartphone customers were making their own silicon. However, the 855 looks to be such a significant jump that I think they can maintain, and even gain share back in the premium segment.”One problem: the premium segment on Android isn’t very big and is slipping downward in terms of price and performance. Samsung flat out told its investors, given the disappointing sales of its flagship Galaxy S9, that it would be concentrating more on selling middle tier phones like its Galaxy J series. Rather than using Qualcomm’s fastest premium chips, these phones use middle-tier Snapdragons or even Samsung’s own… Read full this story
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