Four key events set the pace for each year’s smartphone camera innovations: Samsung’s February , Apple’s , Google’s October , and Qualcomm’s December . While the first three events focus entirely on products for the current year, Qualcomm’s is uniquely about what’s coming up next, though other announcements sometimes obscure the camera news.
That didn’t happen at this year’s Tech Summit, as camera innovations were some of the of the new flagship Snapdragon 865 processor. On day one, the company promised the chip will deliver “gigapixel image processing” and 8K video capture capabilities, and on day two, it promised real Snapdragon 865 devices in early 2020, including a 200-megapixel camera in actual smartphones at some point next year.
On stage and in subsequent demonstrations, the company’s