Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor was unveiled exactly a year back, and now the company has unveiled its iteration at CES 2017. The fastest and most efficient processor yet, has been unveiled, the Snapdragon 835 chipset.
The Snapdragon 835 will be the first chipset to be made on the 10nm FinFET process node, and has been developed with the help of Samsung. This processor is expected to be rolled out into production by the first half of 2017.
Snapdragon 835 hosts the following Key features –
- Octa-core processor with 4 Kryo 280 performance cores clocked at 2.45GHz and 4 Kryo 280 efficiency cores running at 1.9GHz
- Comes with support for Daydream, Virtual reality and Augmented reality
- Comes with support for connected cloud services, improved radio connectivity with the X16 LTE modem
- Comes with 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;
This custom-built SoC is more efficient for today’s power user (read: all of us) who regularly streams music, uploads videos, takes conference calls, and plays VR games. There isn’t one type of processor for all applications, so Snapdragon 835 calls on the best components, including the Qualcomm Kryo 280 CPU, Qualcomm Adreno 540 GPU, and Qualcomm Hexagon 682 DSP, to manage separate workloads – all optimized by the Qualcomm Symphony System Manager to support superior thermals and long battery life.
Along with the new 10nm design, these multi-pronged, harmonized computing solutions bring unprecedented energy improvements. They include: more than one day of talk time, over five days of music playback, or over seven hours of 4K video streaming. Should the phone need more power, Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 is designed to provide five hours of talk time after five minutes of charging.
Designed to meet VR processing demands within strict thermal and power constraints, the processor offers 25 percent faster 3D graphic rendering and 60X more display colors when compared to the previous generation. Snapdragon 835 also supports Bluetooth 5.0.
Quick Charge 4.0 offers 5 hours of battery life in 5 mins of charging
Quick Charge 4 is up-to 20 percent faster, or 30 percent more efficient, while charging up to 5° C cooler, than Quick Charge 3. It offers 5 hours of juice in just 5 minutes of charging, which is faster than the predecessor.
Quick Charge 4 is engineered to charge a typical smartphone from zero to 50 percent in about 15 minutes or less. This technology is USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery compliant and dual charge which allows the current to be distributed equally.
A lot of devices right now use Quick Charge 2 and 3 and the new ones to be released this year would hopefully come with this new technology. Battery drainage is a huge issue and if it can offer such high usage times in just 5 mins, then we can imagine what the next iterations will be like.
Samsung Galaxy S8, to be launched this year, might be the first smartphone to have Snapdragon 835, if the company is able to procure the chipsets on time. It will be interesting to see how smartphone makers choose processors for their high-end smartphones this year.