After a week of rumours, Qualcomm has decided to pull the curtains off its latest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 835. Succeeding the Snapdragon 820, the Snapdragon 835 will be the first Qualcomm SoC that is producing using the 10nm FinFET processor.
The core of the Snapdragon 835 utilises the Kryo CPU architecture, the same one that can be found in the Snapdragon 820 series of chips. With the Kryo 280 architecture, the Snapdragon 835 will have four additional cores that will focus on running efficiently with a clockspeed of 1.9GHz. Alongside the efficient cores, the Snapdragon 835 will have four performance cores that have a clockspeed of 2.45GHz.
For graphics, the Snapdragon 835 will sport the new Adreno 540 GPU. This graphics chip will support OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan and DirectX 12. This allows the Snapdragon to support 4K video recording at 30FPS, 60FPS 4K playback, as well as Google Daydream VR support. Imaging fans would also be glad to hear that the Snapdragon 835 will allow phone makers to build devices with 32MP cameras or dual 16MP cameras.
Making its debut with the Snapdragon 835 is the X16 LTE modem, giving devices that use the chip support for Category 16 download sppeds and Category 13 upload speeds. In addition to this, the Snapdragon 835 is also the first commercial chip that is officially certified fr Blueooth 5.0. Rounding this all up, the Snapdragon 835 will mark the debut of Quick Charge 4.0. Quick Charge 4.0 will be 20% faster and 30% more efficient than Quick Charge 3.0, and it will support USB-C power delivery.
The Snapdragon 835 will be making its way into devices these years as mass production is already underway. While Qualcomm did not mention which company will be the first to implement the Snapdragon 835, rumours are going around that a version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 will come with Qualcomm’s new chip. Only time will tell if that is true.