Expect ultrafast Wi-fi and 'audiophile quality' Bluetooth in Snapdragon 855 on the S10

Expect ultrafast Wi-fi and 'audiophile quality' Bluetooth in Snapdragon 855 on the S10
Qualcomm just took to the airwaves, and issued no less than 11 press releases this morning, but one of it caught our particular attention, as it is going directly in future flagship smartphones. 

The mobile SoC giant announced that it has crafted a highly integrated connectivity chip, dubbed WCN3998, that is ready for the next generation of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth standards. We are talking about Wi-fi 802.11ax and the possible enhancements to the latest Bluetooth 5.0 here - standards that are still to be detailed by their respective standardization bodies - and bring next generation speeds, range, and battery life savings. 

The Wi-fi 802.11ax standard, for instance, tops the current 802.11ac champ in speeds and security, but, most importantly, will consume up to 67% less battery. Ditto for the next-gen Bluetooth readiness that Qualcomm is also using in its dedicated chip for wireless earphones, the QCC5100 that it announced at CES. That one promises a full work day on a charge from your truly wireless earbuds, but, what's more, zero stereo lag and audiophile quality sound  - all enhancements that have been eluding on even the best of cable-free buds so far.

The new integrated WCN3998 connectivity chip will be sampling to clients in the next quarter, so there is every chance we might see it somehow tacked onto the fall flagship crop at the earliest, or at least embedded in Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset coming with the Galaxy S10.

source: Qualcomm



1. applesnapple93

Posts: 339; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

the S9 and 845 isn't even out yet


Posts: 946; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Don't worry we all know the S865 on the S11 is where its really at with performance!

2. antonmassoud

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 22, 2016


3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Question: will Qualcomm do from now, what they did last year: release a flagship soc once a year so H2 android flagship would be at disadvantage?

9. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Sampling clients doesn’t mean they will manufacture the the chip in large scale, it just means they will be the alpha tester of the chip. I am pretty sure the chip won’t release until next year or so

4. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

LOL, S9 is not out yet but it's already outdated.

20. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah, because SD855-powered smartphone already released.. /s

5. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Really sounds like the S10 and the rest of next year's flagships are going to be a worth an upgrade. I think I'll actually hold onto my phone for two years. I've never gone past a year before.

6. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Nice I will wait S11 and LG G9 tho

7. torr310

Posts: 1705; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Expect $1000+ price tag as well

8. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Yes but falls fast I think.

10. duckofdeath unregistered

"...and audiophile-quality Bluetooth features..." *Looks at my two year old Exynos-based Galaxy S7 and smiles* It feels nice to have lived in the future for years.

11. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

So this new bluetooth standard will bring "LDAC" for everyone? It would be cool to have a decent codec, that is not locked by Sony.

12. Joosty

Posts: 491; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Why dafuq would I buy the S9 then? lol

15. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

For all the other upgrades...

18. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

So you don't have to wait for S10.. If you wait for S10, you'll hear news about SD865 new features, and will say "Why dafuq would I buy the S10 then? lol", and then you'll wait for S11, keep act like that and you'll never buy new phone..

13. BillyBoy

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Those press releases are for Broadcom. Only.

16. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Audiophile quality from Qualcomm? I’ll believe it when I hear it.

17. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Is it impossible to transfer raw byte stream to headphones and decode it there...without any need to deal with transmission quality.

19. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The bandwidth is just not enough for that, it will be compressed for BT streaming, and DAC inside the headphone did the job to convert it to analog output to power the speakers. i.e Quad-DAC inside V30 will be totally useless if you use BT headphone, since DAC inside BT headphone is the one that will do the job.,

21. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1278; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

67% more battery life for wireless headphones? Then manufacturers will make 75% thinner devices to nullify them...

22. Whitedot

Posts: 869; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Well said. Manufacturers have equations for that reasons.

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