A week ago, Qualcomm announced that it would give out more information about its upcoming flagship Snapdragon 835 chipset at the upcoming CES 2017.
While a few general specs were revealed in November 2016, a Weibo report leaked some further details even before the CES.
The new Qualcomm chipset being developed by Samsung has a size of 10 nm that is notably smaller than the earlier 14 nm Snapdragon 820 counterpart. This results in 30% lesser area usage, resulting in availability of more space for other components and paves way for sleeker smartphones. The new Snapdragon 835 will render 27% more efficiency and better performance, while consuming 40% lesser energy at the same time. The leaked slides also show the SoC using eight Kryo 280 cores that boost the web browsing rate, apps loading time and virtual reality performance boosting by 20%. Of the eight cores, four of them are high performance cores and clock at a frequency of 2.45 GHz. The other four act collectively as an efficiency cluster with a clocking frequency of 1.9 GHz.
It is worth noting that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is going to be the first chipset to make use of anX16 LTE gigabit-class modem. The SoC will support an Adreno 540 GPU that renders 25% more color rendition that translates to 60 times more colors. As for videos, the graphics processor will allow playback of 4K @ 60 fps and 10-bit videos that make use of OpenGL ES, DirectX 12 and Vulkan graphics. The chipset can also be used with a Hexagon 690 digital signal processor that supports Google’s TensorFlow for machine learning tasks.
Occupying lesser space, the Snapdragon 835 could give room for smartphones with bigger batteries with Quick Charge 4 functionality and snappers with speedier autofocus. The new Quick Charge 4 features gets the batteries charged faster than before. While a five-minute charge offers five bonus hours of battery life, a 15-minute charge helps a fully drained battery pick up 50 percent charge.
It is expected that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 will first feature on selected Samsung Galaxy S8 handsets or the LG G6. If it first appears on the LG device, you can expected a February 2017 launch with the release taking place a month earlier. Alternatively, if it appears on the Samsung, you will have to wait for an April launch in New York and a release shortly after.