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It’s no longer just about Smartphone chips for Qualcomm.
The tech firm at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week unveiled Snapdragon 835, a chip designed to “support next-generation entertainment experiences and connected cloud services for premium-tier consumer and enterprise devices.” That includes everything from Smartphones, VR/AR head-mounted displays, IP cameras and tablets to mobile PCs and other devices running Android and Windows 10.
“The Snapdragon 835 has an unprecedented level of technology integration that supports superior battery life, improved multimedia, and exceptional photography with gigabit class speeds for fast, immersive experiences.”
Qualcomm announced last fall it was partnering with the Samsung to make use of the South Korean company’s 10-nanometer FinFET process to produce Snapdragon 835, its latest flagship chip. Samsung’s 10-nanometer FinFET process delivers as much as 30 percent more area efficiency and up to 40 percent less power consumption over its previously used method. Using 10nm FinFET, the Snapdragon 835 processor will be a smaller chip which gives phone makers more space for larger batteries or the ability to create slimmer designs. The combination of a more efficient production process with a more advanced chip design is expected to result in battery life improvements.
Here’s a look at the specs:
- 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.
Snapdragon 835 is currently in production and is expected to ship in commercial devices in the first half of this year.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.
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