Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: Phones List, Specs and 5G Speeds

We’re now learning which Android phone will be the first with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip.

The Snapdragon 855 chipset from Qualcomm is ushering in a decade of 5G speeds and it’s expected to be in a majority of the Android flagship phones launching in 2019. In fact, we’ve listed seven Android phones that will likely use the Snapdragon 855 chip.

The new chipset was unveiled at the Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii as an improvement to catch up to Apple’s impressive A12 Bionic chips. Qualcomm is promising its chip will achieve twice the performance over an unnamed 7nm competitor – obviously referring to the iPhone XS chip.

Update: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 will be in the next OnePlus phone, which may in fact be the OnePlus 7. We’ve added it to our list of officially confirmed phones that will feature the Snapdragon 855 chipset. Here’s our explainer on what this chip will do.

The Snapdragon 855 chip platform goes hand-in-hand with the first 5G smartphone revealed today. This 5G phone is a reference design meant to provide a roadmap for companies to use Qualcomm’s technology, though, not a commercial model. You won’t be able to buy it, but it’s very telling of what’s to come in the future from Samsung, OnePlus and other companies.