Snapdragon 835: Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 835

What do you prefer in your phones these days? Do you always try to look upon the best battery backups or do you prefer your devices to handle the newest games and apps that are launched? Well, we may say that you prefer both and not only this much, but actually a lot more than this, like quality cameras with good picture quality and 

As we are proceeding into a new era of intelligent, connected experiences, our mobile devices are going to need a new, one-of-a-kind processor that is indeed more smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient than any chipset in history or than anything we already have in our phones. 

And in this case, who's better than Qualcomm. Qualcomm has already taken the stage at CES 2017 and another staple in the smartphone industry has now been announced.

Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 835 now which will be the first Qualcomm-made SoC that is commercially produced using the 10nm FinFET process. Talking about the Snapdragon 835, it is built with VR in consideration, as well as the ability to run mobile computing systems with full Windows 10 support that many of the users have always demanded for. 

Furthermore, the new chip uses the same Kryo CPU architecture that was found in the Snapdragon 82X. Additionally, there will be 4 cores that focus on running efficiently on top of the 4 performance cores that are clocked up to a high efficiency of 2.45GHz. The other more efficient cores will be clocked up to 1.9GHz. The 835 is additionally about 35% smaller in size and consumes 25% less power which translates to better battery life and lesser heat production.

There isn’t a single type of processor for all applications and thus 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 which are all optimized by the Qualcomm Symphony System Manager to support long battery life.

Talking about the graphics over the Snapdragon 835, the Adreno 530 is succeeded by the Adreno 540 GPU, which supports OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan’s API, and DirectX 12. The best part is that all of these supported graphics ensure a high-performing graphics experience for mobile games alongside VRs and ARs. The new Adreno GPU also brings in a 25% increase in graphic performance and will support 4K (UHD) video recording at 30fps. This processor will also officially support Google’s Daydream VR platform which was launched officially some time back. 

The X16 LTE modem are also going to be introduced on the Snapdragon 835 with support for Cat. 16 download speeds (1 Gbps, theoretical) and Cat. 13 upload speeds (150 Mbps, theoretical). Snapdragon 835 is the first commercial chip that is officially certified for Bluetooth 5.0 with peak transfer speeds of up to 2 Mbps.

Also one of the most awaited upgrade too made its way via the Snapdragon 835 - Quick Charge 4. The fourth iteration in the Quick Charging technology which will be about 20% faster and up to 30% more efficient than Quick Charge 3.0. One good thing about QC 4 is that it will support USB-C Power Delivery. This for sure is going to improve the way of charging and decrease the time to charge your phones. 

Currently, the Snapdragon 835 is undergoing mass production and we can expect to see these chips into consumer devices starting in the first half of the current year. It also brings lots of really great features and improvements to the platform, so it will be really exciting to see what phone makers build around this chip. So let's wait patiently for the Snapdragon 835. 

Source: Qualcomm

Kailash Sudhakar
An engineering undergrad student who loves all things tech. He has a soft spot for Android.
Snapdragon 835: Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 835 Snapdragon 835: Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 835 Reviewed by Unknown on 1/06/2017 03:10:00 AM
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