Qualcomm today detailed its next-generation high-end chipset that will power upcoming smartphones, tablets, and other devices: the Snapdragon 835. Built on the 10nm LPE fabrication process from Samsung, Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 835 is 35% smaller than Snapdragon 8320 and contains more than 3 billion transistors.
Along with the reduced package size, Qualcomm says that Snapdragon 835 is 25 percent more efficient than its previous generation chip that will help it in providing multi-day battery life.
As for its key specs, the Snapdragon 835 features four of Qualcomm’s Kryo 280 CPU running at 2.45GHz that are paired with four low-power cores running at 1.9GHz. The chip also features the world’s first gigabit modem, Snapdragon X16 LTE, that supports Cat. 16 LTE for download speeds of up to 1Gb/s and upload speeds of 150Mb/s (Cat. 13). On the GPU front, the Adreno 540 GPU features support for OpenGL ES 3.2, DX12, Vulkan, and offers 25% faster graphics rendering.
Other key features of the chipset include support for 802.11ad multi-gigabit Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, Hexagon 682 DSP with HVX, dual-channel LP DDR4x memory, Quick Charge 4, Qualcomm’s All-Ways Aware technology with support for Google Awareness API, and Qualcomm’s Aqstic WXD9341 codec. The Spectra 180 ISP on the chipset is capable of supporting a single 32MP camera or dual 16MP shooters. It also has support for hybrid autofocus, Qualcomm Clear Sigh, optical zoom, HDR video recording, and hardware accelerated face detection.
Thanks to Quick Charge 4.0, Snapdragon 835 devices will be able to offer 5 additional hours of battery life with only 5 mins of charging. The quick charge technology supports both USB-C and USB-PD, and Qualcomm says it is up to 20% faster and 30% more efficient than Quick Charge 3.0.
With AR and VR gaining momentum, Qualcomm has ensured that the Snapdragon 835 meets the intensive VR processing demands within a strict thermal envelope, while still offering better performance than its Snapdragon 820 chip. The chip also supports 3D positional audio and offers a 20 percent reduction in motion-to-photon latency and six-degrees-of-freedom for comfortable motion tracking. It also supports Google’s Daydream platform.
Qualcomm says that devices powered by Snapdragon 835 will start showing up in the market in the first half of 2017. All major Android flagships releasing this year like the LG G6, some variants of Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC’s next flagship are all expected to be powered by this chip.