2017 is here is here and so does the beginning of next generation smartphones. Well, to power those killer smartphones, we need to have a powerful processor. So here comes flagship processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 to power flagship devices. In the ongoing CES 2017, Qualcomm has announced the details of its premium tier processor.
Announced back in November 2016, Qualcomm has taken center stage today to announced their next-gen processor that is expected to power most of the flagship devices in 2017. What was supposed to be limited to smartphones and tablets, the latest flagship processor will be supporting VR/AR head-mounted displays, IP cameras, tablets, mobile PCs and other devices. For a first time, the Qualcomm processor will be supporting legacy Win32 apps along with Android OS.
Bits and Pieces of Qualcomm Snapdragon 835!
Every processor consists of a lot of components built into it. A graphics processing unit, the audio processing unit, network, CPU and a lot more. Let’s how much does Snapdragon 835 improved over its predecessor.
- CPU: The Qualcomm has decided to get back to octa-core combination this time again after the quad-core combo with Snapdragon 820. The Snapdragon 835 comes with a new with the new Kryo 280 CPU architecture, a custom CPU design atop unspecified ARM Cortex core. The 4 performance friendly cores are clocked at 2.45GHz and the rest 4 efficiency cores at 1.9GHz clock speed. Overall, according to the company, there is a significant 20% performance boost over Snapdragon 820 SoC.
- GPU: The flagship processor gets the upgraded Adreno 540 GPU. The Adreno 540 also fully supports the DirectX 12, OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, & Vulkan graphics APIs, as well as Google Daydream VR platform. The processor boasts a 25 percent gain in 3D rendering performance over the Adreno 530. Also, support of up to 60 times more colors that is a jumps from 16.8 million to 107.4 million.
- Image Processing: The Qualcomm has bumped up the image capture and processing in the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC. The SoC uses the same Qualcomm’s Clear Sight technology for color and monochrome sensor combinations for better contrast and noise found in SD820. However, it now supports the Snapdragon Optical Zoom module that has 2x optical zoom capabilities and an improved 10x digital zoom. It can support up to dual 16MP cameras or a single 32MP sensor.
- Connectivity: On the connectivity front, the Snapdragon 835 has an integrated X16 LTE model for Gigabit-Class LTE connectivity. As per the company, it can offer up to a 5 times typical speed improvement over Cat 4 modems, along with enhanced carrier aggregation. It is also a first processor to come with an integrated 2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi modem. There is also an optional 802.11ad for Multi-gigabit connectivity. Lastly, the device packs the latest Bluetooth 5 connectivity.
- Charging: The Snapdragon 835 comes with Quick Charge 4.0 battery charging technology. The QC 4.0 is not only backward compatible but also plays well with wide range of USB Power Delivery modes too. One of the best use cases of QC 4.0 is, a charge time of 5 minutes can provide 5 hours of battery life. It also features a cable quality detector. If the cable is incompatible, it won’t send high current that can damage both cable and the device. Overall, Quick Charge 4.0 should be up to 20 percent faster than 3.0 and charges 30 percent more efficiently.
Complete Feature set of Snapdragon 835
- Kryo 280 CPU with four performance cores running at up to 2.45 GHz and four efficiency cores running up to 1.9GHz;
- an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem with support for Category 16 LTE download speeds up to one gigabit-per-second, and Category 13 LTE upload speeds up to 150 megabits-per-second;
- integrated 2×2 11ac MU-MIMO with up to 50 percent reduction in size and up to 60 percent reduction in Wi-Fi power consumption, compared to the Snapdragon 820;
- 11ad Multi-gigabit Wi-Fi, offering up to 4.6 gigabits-per-second peak speed;
- the world’s first certified Bluetooth 5 commercial technology offering up to two megabits-per-second speed and a suite of features that enable many new use cases. (Bluetooth, FM radio, Wi-Fi, and RF offered through companion WCN3990 solution);
- Adreno 540 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, full OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan and DX12;
- Hexagon 682 DSP with HVX;
- Qualcomm All-Ways Aware™ technology with support for the Google Awareness API;
- dual-channel LP DDR4x memory at 1866MHz;
- Qualcomm Location with support for GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, and QZSS systems, which in combination with LTE/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity to provide “always-on” location and context awareness;
- up to 32 MP single and 16 MP dual camera with Qualcomm Spectra 180 ISP, 2x ISP, 14-bit, hybrid autofocus (laser/contrast/structured light/dual-phase detection AF), Qualcomm® Clear Sight™, optical zoom, hardware accelerated face detection and HDR video recording;
- 4K Ultra HD video capture @ 30 fps, up to 4K Ultra HD video playback @ 60 fps, support for H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC);
- maximum On-Device and External Display Support including Ultra HD Premium™ ready, 4K @60fps, wide color gamut support, 10-bit color depth;
- Quick Charge 4 technology;
- the Snapdragon security platform including the Qualcomm® SecureMSM™ hardware and software and the Qualcomm Haven security suite;
- Qualcomm Aqstic™ WCD9341 audio codec combined with Snapdragon 835 supports an audiophile grade DAC with 32-bit/384kHz support with an SNR at 115dB and ultra-low -105dB THD+N and native DSD hi-fi audio playback. Additionally, the Snapdragon 835 supports Qualcomm® aptX™ and aptX HD Bluetooth audio with 2x improved power for wireless connectivity;
- manufactured on 10nm FinFET technology.
With such notable improvements, Qualcomm is all set to take mobile computing to next level with Snapdragon 835 processor. It is a worthy upgrade over Snapdragon 820. Also, by support wide range of other devices, Qualcomm is expecting the chipset to be used in gadgets other than mobile or tablets alone. Its is 35 percent smaller in package size and consumes 25 percent less power compared to the previous chipset. The Snapdragon 835 is expected to ship in commercial devices in the first half of 2017.